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Janelle Monáe Is Moonlighting As An Actress Now! The Singer Just Landed Her First Big Screen Role!

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Will YOU see her movie??

We all know Janelle Monáe is multi-talented! But now, she's looking to expand her skill set even more!

The Electric Lady has been cast in an upcoming movie called Moonlight, which is being produced by Brad Pitt's Plan B Entertainment.

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The 29-year-old picked a pretty solid place to start off her film career, considering the actor's production company is also responsible for 12 Years A Slave!

Moonlight follows a young man named Chiron, who is growing up in Miami during the "War on Drugs" era. Over the course of multiple time periods, the protagonist struggles with his crumbling home life, and an awakened sexuality.

Producers tentatively plan to release the singer's big screen debut next fall! Will U catch Janelle's first acting experience? SOUND OFF in the comments!

[Image via WENN.]

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Janelle Monáe & Her Friends At Wondaland Records Team Up For A Powerful Song About Police Brutality — Take A Listen

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You need to listen to this song.

Janelle Monáe is getting political with her new music.

The Electric Lady is joined by other artists at Wondaland Records — including Jidenna, Roman GianArthur, Deep Cotton, St. Beauty, and George 2.0 — on an intense track called Hell You Talmbout about police brutality towards African-Americans.

[ Related: Janelle Slams A Fan Who Told Her To 'Be Sexy!' ]

The song is supported by a marching drum beat throughout the emotional anthem, while the 29-year-old and her fellow artists chime in for the gospel-style chorus.

But probably the most intense parts are the verses, in which the singers scream out the names of various victims of officers who have used excessive force, mentioning Walter Scott, Jerame Reid, Phillip White, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, Sean Bell, Freddie Gray, Aiyana Jones, Sandra Bland, Kimani Gray, John Crawford III, Michael Brown, Miriam Carey, Sharonda Singleton, Tommy Yancy, Jordan Baker, Amadou Diallo, and Emmett Till.

On Thursday, Janelle shared a snap of the song's artwork to her Instagram, and penned a powerful caption explaining the importance of this track:

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Diddy, Lil’ Kim, Faith Evans, & Ma$e Take Us Way Back With Their Bad Boy Tribute At The BET Awards But French Montana & Chris Brown Crashed It!

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Are you ready to relive one of the best parts of the '90s?!

The BET Awards treated us all to a Bad Boy tribute complete with performances from Diddy, Lil' Kim, Ma$e, Faith Evans, and 112!

But the guest spots didn't stop there.

For some reason French Montana performed Bobby Shmurda's Hot N*gga, and Pharrell popped on stage to keep the music going!

Then Chris Brown randomly ran out into the crowd and Janelle Monae made an appearance at the end.

If you're thinking this sounds outrageous, it IS! Ch-ch-check it out (below) and see for yourself.

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Janelle Monae & Jidenna Do Some Classic Yoga At The 2015 BET Awards!

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What's more classic than Star Wars-y yoga and a dapper dude in a suit? Nothing.

Janelle Monae took the stage at the BET Awards to perform her song Yoga, wearing a Grecian Star Wars Workout Queen ensem with all of her dancers looking fiiiine too!

She needed to share the stage though because Jidenna was looking so handsome he just HAD TO perform his hit Classic Man!

We're not sure who heated up the stage more: Janelle's yoga movez or Jidenna's hawt suit?!

Watch (below) and decide for yourself!

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Janelle Monáe Wants You To Do Yoga With Her In Her New Video!

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Are you ready to get bendy?

Well, you better be because Janelle Monáe released the new video for her song Yoga and it's hotter than a bikram class!

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It's a part of her Wondaland Presents: The Eephus label compilation that's coming out this year, but at least we don't have to wait any longer for this tune!

After watching the Jidenna-accompanied song, we only have three words for you: Baby, bend over!

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Janelle Monae Is A Sexy Dancing Sorority Girl In Her Electric Lady Music Video! Get Phi Beta Excited & Watch HERE!

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We dare you to try and sit still through this funky song without dancing!! Janelle Monae shared a little hump day treat on Twitter this morning, in the form of an AH-Mazing music video for her stellar jam, Electric Lady! She sneakily tweeted:

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Jay Z Plans To Break Down Musical Barriers With His Made In America Documentary! Watch The Trailer HERE!

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Oh HOVA, you surprise us everyday!

Jay Z is truly monopolizing on his hit Made In America festival by putting out a concert/documentary of last year's performances — and it's directed by Ron Howard!

The film will feature many of 2013's acts including Janelle Monae, Pearl Jam, Run DMC, Skrillex, and Kanye West!

The movie will hit theaters on July 11th and on demand July 22nd — but you can watch an extended preview (above)!

Will U ch-ch-check out the music madness to gear up for this year's dual Budweiser presentation?!

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