Monae getting spirited on stage.
Photo: Akili-Casundria Ramsess
Photo: Akili-Casundria Ramsess

Janelle Monáe to speak at Alpha Kappa Alpha conference in Atlanta

Grammy-nominated singer Janelle Monáe will make a special trip to Atlanta this summer to speak at Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority’s biennial international conference.

Monáe will speak during the conference’s 67th undergraduate luncheon for college students, sorority president Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson said in an email to members Thursday morning.

Monáe, label head of Wondaland Records, was selected to speak at the conference for her business acumen and advocacy work for girls and women, Buckhanan said in the email.

Wondaland Records and Epic Records announced a joint partnership venture last year to revamp the label and to promote artists.

“With this move, Monáe has become one of the few black women who run their own independent record label in conjunction with a major record label,” Buckhanan said.

The conference will be held July 9-14 and is expected to bring 20,000 women to Atlanta.

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