The starlet, who was honored with the Breakthrough Award at ESSENCE’s 10th Annual Black Ladies In Hollywood occasion, offered a psychological speech that uplifted Black women and affirmed their role in this nation.Accepting the Breakthrough Award, Monae dealt with a crowd of past and present honorees to provide a speech that celebrated service to others, invoking the late Shirley Chisholm who when stated “service is the rent that you pay for room on this earth.””We’ve birthed this nation, we assisted add to some of the best, American, extraordinary things that have actually happened here in this nation. We have been the foundations in communities from the ghetto to Silicon Valley. We are not monolithic. We’re multi-dimensional and we have a right to have our stories told.” The ESSENCE Black Females in Hollywood Awards aired< a href =http://www.oprah.com/own-own/OWN-Presents-the-Essence-Black-Women-in-Hollywood-Awards >on OWN on March 5.
[MUSIC] I’m so thankful for everybody who has belonged to the Women in Hollywood committee and whoever thought it was an excellent idea to honor me tonight I’m so happy.>> > > [APPLAUSE] Shelley Chesson said it finest when she says, service to other is the lease you spend for your room here on earth. [APPLAUSE] Lady, like my mother, who is here with me tonight, wore her uniform proudly as a high school janitor. And my grandma who chose cotton in Aberdeen, Mississippi and also used her uniform proudly As the local county prison cook huged followers of this message. And encouraged me to constantly be of service to your community. [BLANK_AUDIO] You are all my community. This is my community. And whenever I handle jobs, I’m constantly believing, how can I be of service? What can I do? My way of providing back has been through the arts. And when I read for the function of Teresa in Moonlight, some may have seen Teresa as just a drug dealership’s girlfriend. However to me, Therese reflects the requirement in our society to make sure we look out for each other. Therese advises us that it is certainly, our duty to safeguard those who are bullied. Secure those who are castaway, due to the fact that they’re various Teresa have reminds us that we should want to offer shelter, and comfort to others. We must provide a safe area where others can be commemorated for who they are. Some might have seen Miss Mary Jackson as tough upset black female in the 1960s but I saw as reminder That all of us need to defend ourselves, even in times of doubt and fear. She’s a tip that we deserve to the American Dream and we all belong. When we are told we’re not good enough by those seeking to harm, libel, demoralize, and delegitimize our presence since of our gender, due to the fact that of our race, things we can’t alter, we have the power to say not today devil. [APPLAUSE] These 2 women Are queens from two different backgrounds with similarly as essential to their communities. [BLANK_AUDIO] Black lady, the world must continue to know that we are not your expectations. [BLANK_AUDIO] We are not your receptacles. We are not your objects but yet subjects to study into completion of time. It was black women like Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson that took you to area. We did that, black ladies Like Ray Montague, that crafted the United States Navy Ships. We did that. We’ve offered birth, we’ve birthed this country. We have actually assisted add to some of the greatest American remarkable things that have actually occurred here in this country. We have actually been the foundations and communities from the ghettos to Silicon Valley. We’re not monolithic, we are multidimensional, and we have a right to have our stories told. Here’s to, [APPLAUSE] Some girl, I am going to go off script for a minute, but some girl is watching this today and she might feel that she might require to alter the method she seeks to end up being effective. I encourage you to continue, like I have actually always said, to accept the important things that make you special, even if it makes others uncomfortable. If you walk in a space, and you feel like the other, and you seem like your voice does not matter. In those moments, select liberty over worry. [BLANK_AUDIO] And I simply also wan na emphasize, that it was black females. Taraji P. Henson. Octavia Spencer. Janelle Monae. Three female lead characters That have made over $140 million. [APPLAUSE] Growth here, here in America. When they said black females could not be number one we were that 2 weeks in a row. There’s nothing we can refrain from doing. and the sisterhood, I feel it, it’s strong in the space. And the more we understand that we are stronger together that’s when the change will take place. God bless you and thank you. [APPLAUSE]