R&B singer’s Janelle Monae, Goapele, Anthony David and more are working together to raise awareness about the genocide taking place in Darfur. The artists are participating in the ‘Darfur Now’ college tour to raise funds, while sending the message that now is the time to end genocide in Darfur. Schools around the country, chosen for their outspoken efforts to fight genocide, will host a special screening of the Darfur Now DVD and the concert. Across the country, tens of thousands of students have shown that they will not stand idly by in the face of genocide. From passing legislation to fundraising for relief and protection efforts in Darfur, they have declared that they are the anti-genocide generation. But we can do more... TOUR DETAILSBoulder, CO April 12, 2008 University of Colorado at Boulder Boston April 13, 2008 Northeastern UniversityBerkeley April 24, 2008 University of California Berkeley ft. Zion I, DJ Fuse, GoapeleAtlanta April 25, 2008 Emory Universityft. Janelle Monae, Anthony David, Novel, DJ Drama St. Paul, MN April 27, 2008 William Mitchell College of Law Minneapolis April 28, 2008 University of Minnesota Law School Washington D.C. April 28, 2008 Georgetown University ft. Wale, Asheru, DJ Yzo, Mastamind DJChicago May 21, 2008 University of Chicago Los Angeles May 29, 2008 University of California Los AngelesDarfur Now was released by Warner Independent Pictures. Written and directed by Ted Braun, the film explores the Darfur conflict through the first-hand experiences of Don Cheadle, Hejewa Adam, Pablo Recalde, Ahmed Mahmoud Abaker, Louis Moreno-Ocampo and Adam Sterling. The DVD will be out on May 27th, 2008. For more information and ticketing details please visit www.darfurnowtour.com
Bad Boy recording artist Janelle Monae has revealed more about her highly anticipated new collection, "Metropolis: The Chase Suite (Special Edition)" calling it a sci-fi inspired world of cybersoul. The genre-blurring and innovative set is due for release August 12th. Known for her ground breaking style, Janelle Monae merges soul, funk and rock n' roll into "The Chase Suite (Special Edition), a continuation of Monae's epic musical journey as her android alter ego, Cindi Mayweather transverses a sci-fi inspired world of cybersoul. "The Chase Suite" – co-executive produced by Antwan "Big Boi" Patton of Outkast – follows Monae's "Metropolis:Suite I of IV." Monáe will be prominently featured at all digital music stores throughout the month of August. The iTunes Store will offer a "Fantastic Edition" of "THE CHASE SUITE" featuring a variety of bonus content. In addition to exclusive live videos and remixes, the "Fantastic Edition" will include the companion video to the track, "Many Moons," directed by Alan Ferguson (Panic at the Disco, Fall Out Boy). Janelle Monae is also slated to appear as a supporting act for Gnarls Barkley at Atlanta's Variety Playhouse on August 11th. The following day, August 12th, Monae will issue a live television performance on Fox's Good Day Atlanta, followed by an in-store performance and signing at ATL's Criminal Records. In related news, the singer/songwriter has also be confirmed to perform on September 6th at the Chicago's Annual Soul Music Festival. Janelle Monae's official debut is due in early 2009.
A Warner Brothers representative confirmed that Janelle Monae is the latest addition to the Bad Boy Entertainment roster. Monae was first discovered at Kim Porter’s ‘Three Brown Girls’ open mic night at Justin’s in Atlanta and created a fan base within Historically Black Colleges & University communities. Prior to joining Bad Boy, Monae was signed to Big Boi’s Purple Ribbon record label. On Purple Ribbon she made her first national debut on the ‘Idlewild’ movie soundtrack songs “Call The Law” and “In Your Dreams.” Last year Monae released her first album ‘Metropolis’ on independent label Wondaland Arts Society. She described ‘Metropolis as “…a daring epic film, the album concern a cybergirl's struggle to love in the futuristic city of Metropolis” For Monae's forthcoming album on Bad Boy, no release date has been schedule.