Janelle monae & aja Naomi king for marie Claire mag

Marie Claire celebrates the fresh faces for 2017 and features Janelle Monae and Aja Naomi King on two of their five covers of their US May covers. It’s been a great year for both ladies. Janelle Monae was in two Oscar nominated movies, Moonlight and Hidden Figures with both movies walking away with a number of awards. Aja Naomi King is an actress in Shonda Rhimes’ successful TV series How to get away with Murder and was also featured in the movie A Birth of a Nation. Below are snippets from the ladies interviews and you can read the rest here.

Janelle Monae

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On respecting women: “People have to start respecting the vagina. Until every man is fighting for our rights, we should consider stopping having sex. I love men. But evil men? I will not tolerate that. You don’t deserve to be in my presence. If you’re going to own this world and this is how you’re going to rule this world, I am not going to contribute anymore until you change it. We have to realize our power and our magic. Because I am all about black-girl magic, even though I’m standing with all women. But this year? This year, I am so carefree black girl.”

Aja Naomi King

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On working as a black woman in Hollywood: “Maybe I’m outdated in thinking this, but because I’m a young black woman and don’t see very many being the lead in a film, I have this fear, Will I be working? When I first started in this industry, my goal was to be some best friend. The sidekick. I thought that would be an accomplishment. But seeing people like Viola and Tracee Ellis Ross and Gabrielle Union and Lupita [Nyong’o]—who was two classes behind me at Yale—I can hope for more.”

Source: MarieClaire.com

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