Nas Creates Scholarship Fund to Help Students Transition From College
It’s been a very busy and productive time for Nasir Jones on the academics side of things. While the Hip Hop community has been in full celebration mode for the 20th anniversary of Illmatic, Nas has been growing his relationship with Harvard and speaking at schools about his story and overall value of Hip Hop and story telling. Now we can add Scholarships to the collegiate good deeds on Nas’ rap sheet. As I or any of my peers can tell you that step from college into the “real world” can be a rough one and apparently Nas is looking to help ease that transition.
Nas has linked up with Koru, a company out of Seattle that specializes in post college assistance. Nas has invested an initial $100,000 into the scholarship and will be involved personally with coaching the first 10 students to receive the award. Regarding is involvement in this vital stage of adult development Nas had the following to say.
“I’m inspired to support Koru participants because I know how hard it can be to carve out your path and purpose in life. It takes conviction, hard work and the right network. The young people going through Koru are gritty, book smart and street smart. The Koru program gives them an opportunity to put those smarts to work. I can’t wait to work directly with them and share what I’ve learned through my own life experiences.”
The pairing of Nas and Koru was the result of a mutual friend of the legendary MC and Koru’s founder Kristen Hamilton.
“What companies are looking for,” Ms. Hamilton said, “is for people with the capacity to come up against a wall and think about what they’ll do when they get through it or around it rather than about how thick the wall is, or how challenging. This has been Nas’ reality. He didn’t go to college–he studied in the school of the real world, and became a successful artist and businessperson. He didn’t have his way paved for him. He embodies the notion of grit. So we started talking about how we could work together.”
It’s nice to get reminders that Hip Hop truly does have heart.
Nas and Michael Eric Dyson Hip Hop Conversation at Georgetown
Nas has always been a more low key hip hop artist on the business front but when you look to combining music and academics recently there has been no shortage of what Mr Jones is looking to bring to the people. In this 90 min video professor Michael Eric Dyson and Nasir Jones converse on the impact of Illmatic 20 yrs after it hit the scene as Nas’s debut effort. They also get into the current state of Hip Hop among many more topics.
“I don’t see enough MCs who are brave enough to be honest,” he said during a talk with Michael Eric Dyson, university professor at Georgetown. “There’s a lot of good stuff and a lot of bad in rap.”
“The socially conscious stuff can come off as preachy,” he explained. “ … some people stay away from that. It’s not their bag, but they still have some kind of artistic responsibility to do more than what’s the latest trend.”
The conversation is moderated by Lehigh University’s Professor James Peterson and hosted at the home of the Hoyas, Georgetown University. Get comfy and check it out.
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It’s the annual tradition that sends offices into a frenzy as people give in their office pool money and frantically try to fill out their basketball tournament brackets. To the surprise of many, more bets take place over the Madness then over football’s big game so it goes without saying that TV’s nationwide will be showcasing the best of college basketball. Groups of friends will gather with their favorite snacks on deck and I’m no different. Even though neither my alma mater Iona or G-Town made it to the tournament I will still be parked in front of the big screen cheering on great play. Basketball on all levels is a joy to me but there’s something about the college game and tournament set up that you just can’t help but root for. Before that though I need food. Can’t have #DRMunchMadness without the snacks.
I was recently at the my local Duane Reade to get some spring cleaning items. Now it’s time to really go in as the tournament is about to start. I personally have to hand it to the deLISH brand for the variety of items they provide that truly covers you’re entire list of snack needs. Chips, nachos, cookies, candies, chocolate and more. Then to my surprise I saw more items in stock since I was here earlier in the week.
You have deLISH drinking options to wash it all down too. You can pick between waters, flavored beverages and juices. Even if you’re like me and prefer an adult drink while watching the game you can always make use of the fruit juices from deLISH to create your drink. Truthfully Duane Reade has more then 1/2 of my sports viewing essentials are covered. The chips and nachos will go well with the pizza and/or chicken wings that will be served up when the guys get together.
I really like the way Duane Reade approaches sporting events when it comes to merchandising. They lay things out very simply and efficiently in a way that makes sense for what real people are looking for at this time of year. I personally promise that what ever your sports viewing routine is, it can be found at Duane Reade. It’s true one stop shopping that gives us the needed convenience people on the go need.
Design group Ammunication takes a very in-depth look at Harvard University’s recently created Nasir Jones Fellowship. New York’s Nas, speak on his own role in the culture of Hip Hop. Directed specifically at the youth Nas touches on the need for a “slow down phase” that will balance if not counter act the “Fast Life” mantra that is running the current scene.
The idea of Hip Hop on the college level is something many may have never imagined happening not to mention in the halls of Harvard. But they welcomed it back in 2002 with the establishment of the Hip Hop Archive.
“Having welcomed artists including Ninth Wonder and scholars including Mark Anthony Neal, the Hiphop Archive and Research Institute is uncompromising in our commitment to build and support intellectually challenging and innovative scholarship that reflects the rigor and achievement of Hiphop performance,” said Marcyliena Morgan, Professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard University and founder and director of the Hiphop Archive and Research Institute. “With the introduction of the Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellowship, we will continue to be the leading resource for those interested in knowing, developing, building, maintaining, and representing Hiphop.”
I’ve always referred to Nas as the other side of the Hip Hop coin with Jay-Z. We have an endless list of business accomplishments that Jay-Z has reached and they desire the acclaim they have gotten but exact;y why doesn’t this type of news get even a fraction of the attention?