Janelle Monae and Erykah Badu were guest speakers at the BET Genius Talk.
I took notes & now I’m sharing 🙂
Art Has No Rules – Erykah
Do things according to your soul clock (inner compass) – Jane
Being fearless has to come before fear… (Accept/Acknowledge fear but put fearlessness first) – Jane
Everything is Vibration… The music we listen to vs. the memories they create. – Erykah
The best thing a woman can have is her shit together. – Erykah
Perfection is often the enemy of greatness. – Jane
About Hip Hop;
Jane explained Hip Hop as a means of communication by mentioning how different aggression reforms meaning or the way a message is being communicated/ received.
Badu had a powerful perspective as well. “Hip hop is the people”
About support & warmness in the industry;
I was so glad that Jane shed light on older artists in the game putting newer artists on. Erykah was there for her by giving time and encouragement.
About what they have learnt from each other;
Stay Honest — Jane from Erykah
Humility — Erykah from Jane
About being unapologetically black with your hair;
“Everything we do as black women is a political statement” – Erykah
“You have to live with you so you better learn to love you, be comfortable with yourself” – Jane
About the power of MUSIC;
Erykah believes in using frequency of songs to create a dialogue that can inspire change.
About the message of Jidenna’s “Classic Man”;
Your morals & values make you classic.
Erykah’s discussion about being a Singer, Actress, Comedian, Doula, DJ etc. reminded me of my super powers as a woman especially since I have so many things I love to (and will) do. No impossibilities.
All in all, the talk was a powerful one. I am a big fan of black women who love & support other black women. Game changers and creative who soar beyond boundaries & rules are the real MVPs.
Till next time,
Create freely, Be you & Stay Peace.