In an interview after the show, Monáe said that she feels she can relate to the recent “I, Too, Am Harvard” movement and supports the type of dialogue it encourages.
“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,” Monáe said. “I was not status quo, and I can relate to the students here who come, and they may be the minority.”
She also described Sunday’s show as “electric” and “memorable,” adding that she appreciated the opportunity to present herself as a unique artist.
“I know you guys have other artists who come that may not be in the same vein as me,” she said. “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,” she said.