Janelle Monae @janellemonae: Special shout out to my lil sis Amandla for coming and presenting me w/ the Maverick award . She really is a Maverick, Vanguard, and inspiration to so many young women of color and beyond; including me. I am forever grateful for her words, time, and love. ❤️ you A. #PowerUp #Altamed #futureisfemale 📷 by: @mykalmonroe

Special shout out to my lil sis Amandla for coming and presenting me w/ the Maverick award . She really is a Maverick, Vanguard, and inspiration to so many young women of color and beyond; including me. I am forever grateful for her words, time, and love. ❤️ you A.
#PowerUp #Altamed #futureisfemale 📷 by: @mykalmonroe via @janellemonae

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Janelle Monae @janellemonae: Sharing my speech after receiving Maverick of the Year at The Power Up & AltaMed gala for those who couldn’t attend. It was a night full of diverse, strong, and powerful females. I hope this inspires in some small way: “I have seen the future. And the future is female. She is a bold, fearless, God. She fights for equality. The future looks like Amandla. The future looks like Myra. The future looks like Michelle Obama. The future looks like every woman in this room leading the charge for equality, representation, and peace around the world. Thank you Power up. Thank you Alta Med. Thank you again Amandla for introducing me. You are a vanguard and maverick in your own right. Thank you to my Wondaland team and I want to give a special thank you to my grandmother. She was a share cropper who picked cotton in Aberdeen, Mississippi and to my mother who sacrificed her senior year in HS to give birth to me. I will accept the title Maverick. To me, a Maverick is constantly learning and growing. When it comes down to it, when it gets right down to it, I know that a maverick must “embrace the things that makes her unique even if it makes others uncomfortable”. A maverick stands up for the “other”, the one who is often times discriminated against. A maverick realizes that freedom is more important than fear. I dedicate this to my hero and friend Prince, a true feminist and the greatest maverick this world ever knew. Thank you. God bless you.” #WePowerUp

Sharing my speech after receiving Maverick of the Year at The Power Up & AltaMed gala for those who couldn’t attend. It was a night full of diverse, strong, and powerful females. I hope this inspires in some small way: “I have seen the future.
And the future is female.
She is a bold, fearless, God.
She fights for equality.
The future looks like Amandla.
The future looks like Myra.
The future looks like Michelle Obama.
The future looks like every woman in this room leading the charge for equality, representation, and peace around the world.
Thank you Power up. Thank you Alta Med. Thank you again Amandla for introducing me. You are a vanguard and maverick in your own right. Thank you to my Wondaland team and I want to give a special thank you to my grandmother. She was a share cropper who picked cotton in Aberdeen, Mississippi and to my mother who sacrificed her senior year in HS to give birth to me.
I will accept the title Maverick. To me, a Maverick is constantly learning and growing. When it comes down to it, when it gets right down to it, I know that a maverick must “embrace the things that makes her unique even if it makes others uncomfortable”. A maverick stands up for the “other”, the one who is often times discriminated against. A maverick realizes that freedom is more important than fear.
I dedicate this to my hero and friend Prince, a true feminist and the greatest maverick this world ever knew. Thank you. God bless you.” #WePowerUp via @janellemonae

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