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With New York Fashion Week finally kicked off, Janelle Monàe made a classy red carpet appearance at the annual amFar New York City gala at the Cipriani Wall Street on Wednesday night. The charity event was hosted by actress Sarah Jessica Parker and Ms. Monae hit the stage to perform a few of her songs.
amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, is a non-profit organization dedicated to the support of AIDS research, HIV prevention, treatment education, and the advocacy of sound AIDS-related public policy. Since 1998, the annual amfAR New York Gala has raised more than $12 million in support of the cause. Learn more at amfAR.org.
Check out a lot more pics from the evening over at Concrete Loop, The YBF and Rap-Up!
February 08, 2012
Check out this Brita FilterForGood music project documentary "Music Sustains" from Sundance Film Festival filmmaker Destin Cretton. He turns the camera on how artists and fans are working together to make a difference. Jane gives her thoughts starting at the 24s mark.
Watch Ellen and the First Lady break it down to Janelle Monae's "Tightrope" on yesterday's episode!
Janelle performed “Tightrope” last week during the president’s fundraiser campaign at the University of Illinois! Below Ms. Monàe reflects on the opportunity. What an incredible experience!!!
“I was deeply honored to be invited by the President to perform at the rally in Chicago at the University of Illinois at Chicago. It was an amazing feeling to be amongst so many people, young and old, black, white, red, disabled, all united, eager to help support a man who has ended the war in Iraq, gotten rid of “don’t ask don’t tell”- allowing anyone to serve this country regardless of who you love, made sure women were not paid less than men merely because they are women, doubled pell grants, given 2.5 million young people health insurance, and has created a law that recognizes that crimes based on sexual orientation, gender identity, race or disability aren’t just any crime- they’re hate crimes that deserve justice. These are all things he said he’d do before he was elected and did them. There are more important accomplishments that can be added to this list. I strongly believe our nation should continue upon this path, bringing justice to all and change where needed. President Obama remains the candidate of hope and change, and he will continue to move our country forward, bringing even more change if re-elected.” – Janelle Monàe
January 03, 2012