The way Afrofuturist singer Janelle Monáe talks about balance, you'd think she was an acrobat. For example, when discussing the meaning behind her single "Tightrope" (featuring Big Boi), she touts the importance of avoiding emotionally detrimental extremes. Monáe says the single is similar in spirit to James Brown's late-'60s anthems of inner confidence, one of which she quotes from, citing the message as "I don't want nobody to give me... More >>>