The revolution will be televised, and this time the camera is focused on Janelle Monáe. The songstress recently sat down with YouTube Music to be the latest feature for their Artist Spotlight Story series. In the 16-minute documentary, YouTube Music gets intimate and personal with our favorite ArchAndroid, interviewing her friends, family and fans to create “A Revolution Of Love.” “When I think of Dirty Computer and what we tried to make, love was at the center of it,” Janelle says in the video.
Directed by Emma Westenberg who directed Janelle’s iconic “Pynk” video, this documentary is an honest portrait showcasing Janelle’s journey and search for love. The film starts with an interview with Janelle discussing her definition of love: “To me, love is a force that cannot be contained.” We then get to see her adorable mom, Ms. Hawthorne, who shares stories about trying to quiet down a young Janelle in church, where she enjoyed singing the likes of Michael Jackson.
The film later takes us to her adolescent life and studies in Atlanta, and to her futuristic album Dirty Computer. The video also includes testimonials from her Fandroids, who call themselves dirty computers and resonate with her messages of love and equality. We even get a glimpse into Wondaland with a tour from Deep Cotton and a cameo from St. Beauty. Actress Tessa Thompson also joins the fun, discussing how excited she was to be featured in Janelle’s Dirty Computer videos, along with loving Janelle’s child-like spirit.
In addition to Janelle, YouTube Music has also sat down with G-Eazy, Camila Cabello and J Balvin. Check out more from YouTube’s Artist Spotlight Stories on their website, and watch Janelle’s feature below to see just how her revolution of love is changing the world.