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.
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
On working as a black woman in Hollywood: “Maybe I’m outdated in thinking this, but because I’m a young black woman and don’t see very many being the lead in a film, I have this fear, Will I be working?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.”