Got a new agenda, With a new dream, I'm kicking out the old regime, Liberation, elevation, education. The lyrics of Janelle Monáe's Oscar shortlisted song, "Turntables" are a call for accountability flavored with positive promise. Written for the Liz Garbus and Lisa Cortés-directed documentary about Georgia political activist Stacey Abrams, All In: The Fight for Democracy , Monáe's song aligns in every sense with Abrams' single-minded refusal to tolerate insidious, endemic and overwhelming voter suppression following her 2018 run for governor of Georgia. Rapping about a "new dream", Monáe speaks to the long-sought turning of a societal and political tide in this country. The call came early on in the pandemic. As an Abrams fan and a Georgia voter herself, Monáe had previously offered to help Abrams in any way she could. But when the documentary team approached, Monáe was, she says, "not in a healthy space mentally". Not only were her tour dates disappearing and creative outlets shutting down, but there were many people she wanted to take care of. "People in my family were getting laid off and I was trying to figure out how to deal with that and help them." She also launched her WondaLunch program,… Read full this story
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