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Janelle Monae to Speak at Alpha Kappa Alpha Conference


Gregg DeGuire/WireImageJanelle Monae will address a special international conference of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority this summer in Atlanta.

According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, sorority president Dorothy Buckman made the announcement Thursday in an email to members. She selected Monae because of “her business acumen and advocacy work for girls and women.” The Grammy nominee owns Wondaland Records which is distributed by Epic Records. Buckman praised Monae, writing, “With this move, Monae has become one of the few black women who run their own independent record label in conjunction with a major record label.”

Alpha Kappa Alpha is one of the world’s largest sororities with more than 200,000 members. Famous members include Alicia Keys, Jada Pinkett Smith, Brandy, Gladys Knight and Phylicia Rashad. 20,000 women are expected to attend the conference which will be held July 9-14, 2016 in Atlanta.

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