Making Waves: 2018 Met Gala, Donald Glover, & Janelle Monáe

5/10/18

There are three things making waves (in my life and on the internets) lately that I’d like to share and discuss… #trending

1) 2018 Met Gala – “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination”

Click for more information:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/08/fashion/red-carpet-review-met-gala.html

My sister Margaret and I have agreed Frances McDormand and Janelle Monáe were the best dressed. Anybody see Tilda Swinton? She always has great looks and I didn’t see if she attended the Gala this year.2018MetGala

Really enjoyed the papal, bishop, Joan of Arc themes by the designers. Props to the stars for wearing some of these crazy pieces. #allforart

 

2) Donald Glover’s “This is America” on YouTube (Official Video) and SNL (Live)

Okay, so…*deep breath.* This is a topic that is buzzing everywhere: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google, TV, you name the platform and Donald Glover has snatched it for the moment. Glover, known for Community, Atlanta, his stand-up work, and as talented music alter-ego Childish Gambino, dropped a song and video titled “This is America” over the weekend. It addresses gun violence, racism, police brutality, and so much more. In fact, there’s so much packed into its few perfect minutes that people have been watching on repeat (most say they spot “something new every time”). 65 million YouTube views and counting!

His performance on Saturday Night Live this past weekend was also stellar. Gotta say, kind of wish I had watched the live(ish) performance first, then the official video. But I’m certainly not complaining. #bowdown

 

3) Janelle Monáe’s new album Dirty Computer

“I want young girls, young boys, nonbinary, gay, straight, queer people who are having a hard time dealing with their sexuality, dealing with feeling ostracized or bullied for just being their unique selves, to know that I see you. This album is for you. Be proud.”

~ Janelle Monáe

Great Rolling Stone article about Janelle’s past, present, and future:

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/cover-story-janelle-monae-prince-new-lp-her-sexuality-w519523?print=true

 

Dirty Computer (feat. Brian Wilson) – Beautiful vocal harmonies, kind of goes without saying. I also love the idea of being an android, and saying she’s perceived as broken because of her sexuality resonates with so many people rn. Many have interpreted it to be saying that she’s not a robot. However, I think she’s embracing the metaphor and trying to say it’s ridiculous to call her “dirty.” She’s doing exactly what she was programmed to do, and doing it so well. She will no longer dance for her worldly creators. She will dance for herself.

Crazy, Classic, Life – Fun jam. Friends and I have speculated on the second comma – why??

Take A Byte – Metaphor elaborated.

Jane’s Dream – An interlude.

Screwed (feat. Zoë Kravitz) – So pessimistic, hedonistic, and nihilistic, but ya know… #truth.

Django Jane – Girl can rhyme: “Yo hit the mute/ Let a vagina have her monologue.”

Pynk (feat. Grimes) – Oh hell yes. Watch the video, which features (her possible girlfriend?) Tessa Thompson. Love the couture fashion, hook, everything. “Pynk” is honestly the reason I bought this album. Official jam of Summer 2018. Warning, lyrics NSFW but also weirdly radio friendly…?

Make Me Feel – If Prince had been reincarnated as a woman WITH IMPROVEMENTS, that is this song. So. Damn. Sexy.

I Got The Juice (feat. Pharrell Williams) – Okay, sexiness just continues. The whole song feels like it’s dripping wet 😉

I Like That – One of my favorite tracks. Languid, catchy groove. It’s also got a solid message. More eloquently, Janelle says “I can like this thing even if you say it’s stupid, if you don’t like it, if nobody else likes it. F*** what you think, I like it.”

Don’t Judge Me – Also great message.

Stevie’s Dream – Spiritual, profound spoken word sample of Stevie Wonder in what sounds like a random green room.

So Afraid – It’s okay Janelle, don’t be scared. I gotchu.

Americans – This. So much this.

 

So the moral of that story is you just need to download Dirty Computer (or Dropbox with a friend) and play from start to finishhhh. Enjoy!

 

❤ Liz

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Capt. Millennial

Liz Scarlett Graham (b. 1985), founder of Captain Millennial, is an interdisciplinary thinker from New Haven, CT, USA, global citizen, lifelong champion of the Millennial generation (born early 1980s - mid 1990s), and aspiring role model for young people. Visit CaptMillennial.com for more info.

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