Janelle Monáe Is an Anti-Bullying Superhero in Her New Music Video

She's got the best kind of superpowers.

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(Image credit: Meredith Jenks)

We've spent hours on end watching Janelle Monáe music videos in awe of her fierce dancing, powerful vocals, quick-fire rap, and sumptuous menswear-inspired costumes (Katharine Hepburn would be proud). They're truly in a league of their own — and the same can be said for her newest video, a short film set to her cover of David Bowie's "Heroes."

You might be surprised to find that instead of showcasing Monáe belting it out and cutting a rug, the short film revolves around a group of young children. These youngsters are dealing with school bullies, but find solace by flipping through JANELLE!, a superhero comic book that teaches outcasts to unite and avenge (peacefully, of course!). Where can we grab our issue?

The awe-inducing film, directed by Young Astronauts, is the latest offering from Pepsi's Beats of the Beauiful Game album. The 11-track compilation LP boasts numbers from Rita Ora, Santigold, Kelly Rowland, Timbaland, and more, and will be released on June 10. See the full track list and film credits, below:

Janelle Monae, "Heroes," with filmtrack by The Young Astronauts
Don Omar
, "Pura Vida," with filmtrack by Jessy Terrero
Rita Ora
, "I Will Never Let You Down (Switch Remix)," with filmtrack by Diego Luna
 feat. Eva Simons, "Unstoppable," with filmtrack by Idris Elba
Kelly Rowland, "The Game," with filmtrack by Spike Lee
, "Kicking Down Doors," with filmtrack by Andy Morahan
 staring Rachel Assil, "Whoever We Are," with filmtrack by The Kolton Brothers
Pearls Negras
, "Guerreira," with filmtrack by Cine Favela
Jolin Tsai Yl-ling
,"Now is the Time," with filmtrack by Cai Yiqi
Hassan el Shafei
, "Ahlam Men Gedial"

I’m the associate web editor at Marie Claire. I love to while away the hours at coffee shops, hunt for vintage clothes, and bask in the rough-and-tumble beauty of NYC. I firmly believe that solitude can be a luxury if you’ve got the right soundtrack—that being the Rolling Stones, of course.