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Why Janelle Monaé paid tribute to creatives who are designing a new future

Janelle Monáe poses for a photo as Belvedere Vodka and Janelle Monáe present “A Beautiful Future” at The Fairmont on Dec. 5, 2019, in Atlanta. (Photo credit: Marcus Ingram/Getty Images for Belvedere Vodka)

Janelle Monáe brought “A Beautiful Future” to Atlanta for a curated dinner honoring some of the city’s most influential creatives.

Held at The Fairmont in West Midtown, the event was sponsored by Belvedere.

Monáe honored three individuals: Nikishka Iyengar, CEO and founder of The Guild; Fahamu Pecou, Ph.D., interdisciplinary artist and scholar at Fahamu Pecou Art; and Christina Rice, social entrepreneur and founder of OMNoire. All are local leaders who embrace Monáe’s and Belvedere’s shared vision of a future where character, integrity, diversity and self-expression are celebrated.

“Belvedere and I share similar beliefs such as self-expression, inclusion and highlighting voices that are systemically not heard,” Monaé shared with rolling out.

Belvedere and Monáe share an understanding of the importance of authenticity, craftsmanship and integrity. Monáe — whose own artistic journey reflects a similar determination — leads the multifaceted collective of artists at Wondaland, which features a breadth of voices, styles and figures coming together to revolutionize the future of music, arts and culture.