Sweet Tweet: Janelle Monáe Talks Diversity & Equality at Harvard

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It’s a match made in heaven: Harvard loves Janelle Monáe, and Janelle Monáe loves Harvard! The singer was invited to perform at Harvard’s spring concert Yardfest, and then she got honored at the Women’s Center at the prestigious school.

Janelle tweeted:

The Harvard Crimson reports that Janelle was a hit with students and that she made it clear that she’s an advocate for equality. The “We Are Young” singer also shared her appreciation for the “I, Too, Am Harvard” campaign, which highlights African Americans at Harvard and doesn’t put up with racism.


(Janelle instagrammed this photo at Harvard)
“When I got into the music industry, there were not a lot of African-American girls wearing tuxedos [and] rocking natural hair on a mainstream level,” she said. “I was not status quo, and I can relate to the students here who come, and they may be the minority.”

Speaking about her trip to Harvard, she said, “I know you guys have other artists who come that may not be in the same vein as me. I took that as an opportunity to share my story and to get people familiar with my message and what I’m about as a human being and as a woman, and as a daughter, and as a sister, and as a black woman, and as an artist who’s redefining what it means to be an artist.”

But it sounds like Yardfest and the Women’s Center won’t be the end of Janelle and Harvard’s BFFness. Because then Janelle tweeted:

Photo: (Getty)

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