To constrict black history to a single month seems silly: black history happens every day, and Janelle Monae and Spotify agree.
That’s the spirit of Spotify’s campaign to spotlight and celebrate black voices throughout the year: Black History Is Happening Now. Each month, a different artist will curate playlists, conversations, and bonus material on the Happening Now page. First up is “Django Jane” herself, Janelle Monáe.
“I’ve always been excited and inspired to try to redefine how we’re seen. It’s important to me to celebrate black history year round and with Spotify’s commitment to honoring the black community all year long and showcasing artists and organizations who are dedicated to imparting change," Monáe told Entertainment Weekly.
Part of that redefinition is Monáe’s embrace of Afrofuturism. "It is black people seeing ourselves in the future. Being as magical as we want to be," she explains in a video with Spotify. "There are limitless possibilities. We get to paint a different world."
A world where culture and history are revered no matter the month.
Check out the video below: