Janelle Monáe stars in her first ever movie


Janelle Monáe lands her first movie role

Janelle Monáe stars in her first movie.

Mass Appeal Wire Reports

KANSAS CITY — From the murky, crime-ridden streets of Kansas City’s Quindaro Boulevard to the bright neon lights of West Hollywood, pop songstress Janelle Monáe has come a long way. In addition to her instant success as a talented musician, Janelle can now add acting to her resume. The 30-year-old Wondaland honcho just landed her first role in a studio movie. And get this… she’s starring as the third lead alongside Empire’s Taraji P. Henson and Oscar winner Octavia Spencer in the Fox 2000 space race drama “Hidden Figures.”

Directed by Ted Melfi, the NASA biopic is based on Margot Lee Shetterly’s forthcoming book “Hidden Figures: The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race.” Taraji, Octavia and Janelle will portray three black mathematicians who served as the brains behind NASA’s Friendship 7 mission, which saw astronaut John Glenn make history in 1962 as the first American to orbit Earth.

Best known for her flamboyant role as Cookie Lyon, Taraji is playing Katherine Johnson. Octavia (Academy Award, “The Help”) is playing Dorothy Vaughan. And Janelle, who attended BET Honors in Washington, D.C. over the weekend, will play Mary Jackson — the youngest member of the trio.

Congrats Janelle!

Share your thoughts below.


  1. let me guess…….. janelle is gonna play an android

  2. I am so sick of Taraji.

    She is ghetto and full of herself.

  3. Not hating on Janelle, but can she act? What qualifies her for this role?

  4. Taraji sucks as an actress

  5. None of Your Biz

    Jealous ,Jealous, Jealous!! Ms Henson is a tremendously talented actress who is Finally receiving recognition. Bravo !! She is wonderful.

  6. Way to go Janelle!!!! KEEP MAKING KANSAS CITY PROUD!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  7. Janelle is perfect for a NASA role. She looks like an alien.

  8. Ms. Monae should stick to singing and leave acting to the pros

  9. Michael Surles

    I am godly proud of these women for their great contribution to the space program. Thank you for fighting your way through the difficulties of segregation, sexism and bigotry. Your determination to display your knowledge and use it to accurately propel our nation to the top is truly an amazing story.

  10. Janelle is puttin KCK on the map! Way to represent.

  11. Cant tell if Janelle is gay or straight but I love her style

  12. Ruthless Lover

    Taraji can be my next baby mama

  13. MochaMama081485

    Really looking forward to this movie. Gonna be awesome!!!!! 🙂

  14. Ms. Monae is fuckin weird.

    I wouldnt put her in my movie.

  15. I am so ready to see this movie. Black females rule the world.

  16. You couldnt pay me to watch this racist film

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