Janelle Monáe to Star in Harriet Tubman Biopic

The electric lady is ready to shine on the silver screen again.

Janelle Monáe is joining Cynthia Erivo’s biopic about American abolitionist and political activist Harriet Tubman.

Harriet will chronicle Tubman’s journey from an escaped enslaved woman to a conductor on the Underground Railroad who successfully guided dozens of enslaved people to freedom.

While the “Electric Lady” singer is known for electrifying the stage, Monáe starred in two feature films in 2016—the Oscar-nominated Hidden Figures and the Oscar-winning Moonlight.

Earlier this year, Monáe shocked the world when she opened up to Rolling Stone about her sexuality.

“Being a queer black woman in America—someone who has been in relationships with both men and women—I consider myself to be a free-ass motherfucker,” she said, noting she identifies with both bisexuality and pansexuality.

After the 32-year-old’s announcement, searches for “pansexuality” skyrocketed 11,000% on Merriam-Webster.com.

Leslie Odom Jr., Joe Alwyn, Jennifer Nettles, and Vanessa Bell Calloway will also star in Harriet, which is due to begin filming in Virginia later this month.

Lamar Dawson is a pop culture junkie and pop diva addict living in Manhattan. Follow him on everything @dirrtykingofpop.
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