"Because of Them, We Can" Video Campaign Salutes Janelle Monae

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"Because of Them, We Can" Video Campaign Salutes Janelle Monae

The movement honors the singer for her willingness to be unique even if it makes others uncomfortable.

Published February 19, 2014

We love Janelle Monae not only for her talent behind the mic, but also her confident personality and effortless style. And it looks like photographer Eunique Jones of the popular "Because of Them, We Can" movement believes the singer is also a wonderful role model for our youth. In her latest campaign, Jones has taken Black History Month to honor Monae in the cutest way possible — by gathering a group of young girls to emulate the star.

"I chose to feature Janelle Monae because she is a present day example of what it means to be comfortable in your own skin," Jones said. "Janelle is uncompromisingly unique and shows that you don't have to conform or change who you are in order to make others comfortable. We need more role models like her and I don't believe that an individual should always have to be deceased or old to honor and recognize the contributions they're making that push others forward. Just look at how she inspired these little dancers! And they aren't even teenagers yet."

Jones launched the "Because of Them, We Can" campaign in February 2013 in an effort to build up self-esteem of our children while fighting back against stereotypes. Her mission quickly spilled long past Black History Month along with age barriers and her project soon developed into a movement that continues to this day.

"Today we are committed as ever before to encourage and empower people of all ages and hues to dream out loud and re-imagine themselves as greater than they are, simply by connecting the dots between the past, the present and the future," Jones said.

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Written by Dorkys Ramos


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