Janelle Monae Named Spotify's ‘Black History' Curator

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Spotify has teamed with innovative artist, Janelle Monae, who will curate the streaming platform's new Black History Is Happening Now hub.

The goal is to take a year-long approach to Black history, music and Afruturism, creating a unique space for black creatives.

"I am thrilled to be teaming up with Spotify to help kick f an important new initiative celebrating black history and culture through Black History is Happening Now,” said Janelle Monáe in a press release HipHopWired. “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. I felt it was the perfect platform to share my story Afruturism and express my vision and creative ideas.”

Additionally, Spotify will host a Sound Up Bootcamp for 10 aspiring women podcasters color to join a five-day workshop along with opportunities to pitch programming.

On the music tip, Janelle Monae is set to release her album, Dirty Computer, soon and was recently announced as a headliner for Afropunk Brooklyn.