Janelle Monae

We can add eccentric singer Janelle Monae‘s name to the growing list of self-hating black artists who bleach their skin to fit the industry standard of beauty. The 28-year-old Kansas City native Instagram’d this image of herself posing with a soccer ball bearing a Pepsi logo. The photo caused an uproar among Janelle’s rabid so-called “Fandroids” because her skin tone appears 10 shades lighter.

One of her followers wrote: “Stay black baby don’t turn fake on me like these other bitches.”

Thanks to loyal reader R. Williams for the tip.




  • MSVALLDAY

    The comment from her follower is hilarious! However that could be the lighting used.

  • Wasting time

    SMH…
    If you are going to do that, do it all the way. You Light skin on top and Wesley Snipes on the bottom :no:

  • http://www.globalcallingsolutions.com zurishay

    ANKLES VS FACE

  • Beta

    She’s cute as a button

  • Aryanna

    I just seen here in North Carolina like 3 weeks ago and she looked her reg color. A beautiful skin tone.. if she did bleach her skin then I would really be shocked! Her brand is all about standing out and being different from the usual women stars that we see. From her outfits to her hair.. and her music. I personally think its the editing on the pic.

  • Beta

    Could be the lighting

  • SJ

    @zurishay good point!!

    She has a cute shape!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nAbQogbMOk Buttercup

    Lighting :shrug:

  • San ah make ya dance

    I doubt she’s did that

  • Afiya

    She’s cute but why her ankles look dark and old, are they tatoos?

  • Nakeya_J or Keke thanks to Unshake

    It kind of looks like either editing or lighting, seeing has how her ankles are still her normal skin tone. JMO

  • User Friendly

    those pants is fittin tho aint it? :thumbsup:

    honestly the whole pic looks touched and retouched and then touched again. there is a blurry glow surrounding her whole body.

  • San ah make ya dance

    Nothing to see here :yawn:

  • Afiya

    AND is she EVER going to change her hair style?

  • MisTaken if you nasty *closes housecoat* :winky:

    :yawn: I think it’s the lighting and most likely studio effects. Crisis averted people.

  • Jdore

    Auntie you know good and well the lighting that’s on her is making her light

  • MisTaken if you nasty *closes housecoat* :winky:

    But byke on M2Medicine now that I have commented.
    They claim Mariah and Quad aren’t friends due to rumors. Funny how they are besties but cannot call one another to hash it out. Made for tv methinks. ……but I could see it being real a little because when fame and money get involved people show their true colors often. And they both are spotlight hungry. Mariah is a waste of pretty. Quad… is a waste of personality if she doesn’t play her cards right. And as for Mariah’s mom Lucy “Smoke a Straight Shooter Bish” I have never seen a women so intent on trying to live off their own child. She wants to be Kris Jenner so bad The sad part is she looks and acts like a sock puppet and just in general is unpleasant to be around. I do not like her spirit. I do not condone violence but I think I would have to :sissy claw: her just to show her who was boss. And is it me or does it seem like maybe Mariah and her sister Lake are intentionally trying to breed with others for the sake of their children and social climbing? Could be me making assumptions.

  • http://www.ejb.kitsylane.com The Reverend Priestess Prophetess Pastor Bishop Mother Pope of the Church of BLACK Jeesus Pickachu Tran

    Thats not skin bleaching..she is a victim of Instagram FILTERS :no:

  • aRoTh

    Reasons why Janelle Monae looks lighter:

    That bun on her head is blocking the sun. :shade:
    The pic was taken with an old cellphn.
    Pepsi doesn’t like blk ppl (yall see what they did to Micha Jackson).
    Her Covergirl contract was breached.
    Cee-lo Green licked her b/c he thought she was a York peppermint pattie.

    :shrug:

    Your thoughts?…..

  • aRoTh

    seeing has how her ankles are still her normal skin tone
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    ankles>skin or nah?

  • FuturedocDonte

    How she have light skinned arms and dark ankles though :no:

  • Nakeya_J or Keke thanks to Unshake

    @Taken and Buttercup, I left something for you downstairs.

  • Nakeya_J or Keke thanks to Unshake

    aRoth, you knew what I was saying….

  • OpinionHated

    I’m gonna say its the lighting because she seems to be one of those au natural types and I just don’t see her bleaching… but I could be wrong – celebrities are the biggest fakes/liars – like Kelly Rowland talking about she self dyed and her hair fell out bish please do we really think she went to cvs for a box of Dark & Lovely and then stupidly kept it in overnight…. and since this is a Pepsi spot i’ll go one step farther and say if any lightening is going on Pepsi did it!!!!!

    On a side note why the hype to go light – dark skin women age better than their lighter skin counterparts – i’m just saying – my great grandmother lived to be 100+ and had the skin elasticity of a 40 year old….

  • Draya said “that’s what strippers do” puppylove

    Pepsi loves doing this take a look back at Bey’s print ad.

  • MisTaken if you nasty *closes housecoat* :winky:

    On another note Janelle’s body is the truth :bow:

  • User Friendly

    Afiya says:

    AND is she EVER going to change her hair style?
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    or wear anything other than that monkey suit? probably not for a long time, thats her signature. like sway and that mountain sitting on top of his dome.

  • Wasting time

    User Friendly says:
    Like sway and that mountain sitting on top of his dome.
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    :hahaha:

  • Nakeya_J or Keke thanks to Unshake

    like sway and that mountain sitting on top of his dome.
    ————–
    Has he ever shown whats under there? I don’t remember ever seeing him without the hats and such.

  • JerseyGirl68

    I don’t get this chick or her music. I thought she was from England. I like to hear her speak tho.

    That’s all I have for this post.

  • MisTaken if you nasty *closes housecoat* :winky:

    @User: She said she wears the black and white as a uniform to honor her parents and family members who had to wear them as blue collar workers. I ain’t no buzz kill but that’s what she said :kona:

  • weFukNorNah

    Even if she didn’t bleach no way I would sell myself out and allow pepsi to make me lighter than what I appear. ..fuc pepsi

  • User Friendly

    ooh new game. things that might be under sway’s hatwrap….GO!

  • Wasting time

    @KeKe
    Its dreads under there. Back in the day he would wear a bandana and have them hanging in the back. I think he has a Stevie Wonder hair line and maybe hiding that.

  • User Friendly

    he prolly look like trick daddy under that mess :lolsign:

  • MisTaken if you nasty *closes housecoat* :winky:

    That’s all I have for this post.
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    I spoke to you two posts down :huh:

  • http://www.ejb.kitsylane.com The Reverend Priestess Prophetess Pastor Bishop Mother Pope of the Church of BLACK Jeesus Pickachu Tran

    Like sway and that mountain sitting on top of his dome.
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    :rofl:

  • MisTaken if you nasty *closes housecoat* :winky:

    Things under Sway’s hat:
    Lucy from M2M byke teeth she lost from :snort:
    Kanye West self respect

    Gotta meeting BBL…

  • Nakeya_J or Keke thanks to Unshake

    I wonder if Momma D knows Lucy for M2M…..It’s possible that Momma D used to sell it to her….I’m just saying.

  • Just Looking

    Is it possible that after she did photo shoot and they were done. The “creative director” took control. :shrug:

    Let’s talk about how Kenya had me acting the fool, crying… :kona:

    She loved that dog. Po Thang… So many questions, those lil dogs are like infants, you can’t leave them alone for a sec. Chicken Hawks, Vultures and Eagles have been known to swoop them up.

  • Who Dat

    This chick is MAH BISH! She aint bleaching nah.

    :love:

    Cause baby it’s a primeTIME for our Luh…aint nobawdee peekin but the starrahs above…

    :headphones: It just went OFF.

  • Nakeya_J or Keke thanks to Unshake

    I think he has a Stevie Wonder hair line and maybe hiding that.
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    smh. People with the Stevie Wonder hair line and trying to hold onto hair need to chill. Just give it up. It’s ok. I know his hair is all smelly and hot uner the mannie mannie hats he wears.

  • Gigi26

    @Taken: Nope you’re right. Mariah is a self hating coon who had to breed with a dot head in order to status climb into what exactly? I don’t know. :no:

    She’s just over extra. I’m just done with her and Quad and her missing third portion of the front of her hair doing the MOST. Like all that queer lingo is just LAME. And Quad sweetie, you better get to making babies with your man, do you know where you live at biotch? There are hundreds of bytches that will give your husband a baby without second thought :no:

    I have nothing for this picture. It’s Pepsi’s retouching. And its a horrible retouching at that.

  • Just Looking

    Excuse my Rudenes.

    Good Morning All :happy: Monday

  • User Friendly

    things under sway’s hat:

    Karracuhe’s clothing line

    Chris Brown’s sanity

    Diamond’s video budget

    Naomi campbell’s edges

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nAbQogbMOk Buttercup

    Keya, I thought it was strange that Mariah’s nephew looked a lot like Mariah’s son and daughter (who don’t share the same biological father).

  • Gigi26

    She loved that dog. Po Thang… So many questions, those lil dogs are like infants, you can’t leave them alone for a sec. Chicken Hawks, Vultures and Eagles have been known to swoop them up.
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    Po Velvet got ate the fukk up :no: RIP baby dog :yes:

    That is why I don’t want a terrier, everyone I know HAD one…two ran into the street and got ran over, or they got ate up.

    I’ll take my Maltese and blue nosed pit and call it a day :yes:

  • Who Dat

    Skin bleaching via a photo better than what Pepsi did to Mike. They coulda set Janelle Monae ays on fire and let her bounce her way down 15 flights of steps ala Mike Jackson (in the movie “The Jacksons” and real life).

  • Who Dat

    Just give it up.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Give it up turn it loooooooose

    (In harmony like EnVogue)…..

  • Nakeya_J or Keke thanks to Unshake

    She’s just over extra. I’m just done with her and Quad and her missing third portion of the front of her hair doing the MOST. Like all that queer lingo is just LAME. And Quad sweetie, you better get to making babies with your man, do you know where you live at biotch? There are hundreds of bytches that will give your husband a baby without second thought
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    Since Mariah sooo “made” Quad, you would think she gave her the class about knowing when to have a baby, so you won’t be broke. Whatever.
    Mariah to me thinks because she is light bright, and married to an Indian/Arab she is better than everyone. Her hag momma is hyping her up, and she really needs to just stop. And why does she have on all that makeup?!!!! Well damn. I wonder what her normal face looks like.

  • Just Looking

    :waves: @ Dat :hug: You get it done.

    Steps, aside…. So DUBB can RIP Married to Medicine Starrahs apart

    *giggles

    I really Loved Mariah last year…She didn’t do much last night. I think she really loves her husband, unlike Quad. She act like her husband is gross. He does look :homo:

  • Nakeya_J or Keke thanks to Unshake

    Keya, I thought it was strange that Mariah’s nephew looked a lot like Mariah’s son and daughter (who don’t share the same biological father).
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    Right. So is that really her baby too or what? Something is not clean in her water. (you know she gonna say she don’t drink Kool-Aid)

  • Gigi26

    You hear Quad’s husband’s voice?! I wouldn’t procreate with him either :lol:

  • Nakeya_J or Keke thanks to Unshake

    Just give it up.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Give it up turn it loooooooose

    (In harmony like EnVogue)…..
    ——-
    :yes: *hums along*

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nAbQogbMOk Buttercup

    :newpost:

  • Nakeya_J or Keke thanks to Unshake

    You hear Quad’s husband’s voice?! I wouldn’t procreate with him either
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    She better, before she ends up broke when he leaves her. Then who is gonna pay for her life?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nAbQogbMOk Buttercup

    Keya, the little girl is Mariah’s :yes: Dr. Simone said that she delivered her. I think that the bio dad was probably in the medical industry as well and didn’t want ties with Mariah. Mariah worked as a medical devices sales representative, so I’m sure she was working to bag a doctor while hustling.

  • Nakeya_J or Keke thanks to Unshake

    @Buttercup, No I was talking about the nephew who looks like her kids. I was thinking it could be hers…..on some messy stuff.

  • http://www.ejb.kitsylane.com The Reverend Priestess Prophetess Pastor Bishop Mother Pope of the Church of BLACK Jeesus Pickachu Tran

    Quad just got with her husband for the $$$$$$ she had no INTENTION of procreating with that man. But dont worry he’ll get sick of her BS soon enough and find one of them THOT NURSES to pour is heart out too and have an “on-a-break” baby with. SOMEONE AINT teaching QUAD how u play the game :coffee:

    I do believe that Mariah genuinly loves her husband though.

  • SouthernPrincess

    Quad is in Med sales and does well for herself. if her and her husband were to divorec i think she would be ok

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nAbQogbMOk Buttercup

    Oooooooh, Keya. I get what you’re saying now. Mariah’s nephew and son do look like brothers. I’ono. Genetics are a funny thing.