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Janelle Monae is Honored at the Trumpet Awards, Posts Uplifting IG Messages and Reflects on Her Accomplishments

Over the weekend, the 23rd Annual Trumpet Awards honored this year's nominees in law, medicine, business, politics, the arts, civil rights, sports, entrepreneurship, entertainment and other careers.

Singer and Cover Girl spokesmodel Janelle Monae was awarded for her accomplishments in entertainment. After accepting her award, the 29-year-old songstress had some very uplifting messages to share on her Instagram page where she mentions her past, growing up and what she's been through to become the person she is today.

"It's not that I don't experience fear but I understand fearlessness is more important. It's not that I don't get tired but I realize standing up for those whose voices are often ignored has to come first. It's not that I don't get discouraged but I understand that working hard, being a champion for minorities & those marginalized across the world as well as Opening up more doors for girls has to come first."

"I want to be honest about what was happening before i became Janelle MonĂ¡e and a @covergirl .

"When I started my music career in Kansas, I was a maid. I worked at blockbuster and slept in my mentor’s 8-year-old daughter’s bedroom in Atlanta until I could afford a place to stay.
I started off selling CDs out of the boarding house I lived in. I started off singing on the library steps in the Atlanta University Center for anyone who would listen. I was told no. I'm still her."

Yesterday, Janelle posted some Sunday inspiration and said:

"Who knows where I will go or what I will do from here. I do know I have plenty of Big ideas. I have made and will make some avoidable & unavoidable mistakes, but I hope my life and work here on Earth will motivate those around me to find their purpose."

"I decided through fashion & music that I would challenge the status quo and redefine what it meant to be a black female artist."

The awards ceremony will be televised on Feb. 21 on TV One. Congratulations to Janelle and all of the other Trumpet Awards honorees!

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