By Nakiya Morgan
Hip-Hop is invading the Ivy League in a positive way thanks to an iconic Queensbridge native. The Hip-Hop Archive, in conjunction with the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University, announced the Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellowship today, which honors the legendary rapper.
“Nas is a true visionary, and he consistently shows how boundaries can be pushed and expanded to further the cause of education and knowledge,” said Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research.
According to a statement, the Fellowship will give those who showcase academic excellence as well as creative ability the opportunity to show that “education is power.” The receipts of the Fellowship will be carefully selected by the Harvard University administration.
Marcyliena Morgan, Founder of the Hip-Hop Archive believes that this fellowship will help the selected scholars represent Hip-Hop. “With the introduction of the Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellowship, we will continue to be the leading resource for those interested in knowing, developing, building, maintaining, and representing hip-Hop,” she stated.
The Life Is Good rapper is honored to have his name attached to something so positive and uplifting in the Hip-Hop community. “My hopes are that greed for knowledge, art, self-determination and expression go a long way,” Nas said. “It is a true honor to have my name attached to so much hard work, alongside great names like Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and W.E.B. Du Bois and to such a prestigious and historical institution, and all in the name of the music I grew to be a part of.”
The school dropout turned multi-platinum rapper has not only changed the Hip-Hop game but he is changing the academic game as well. One more for Hip-Hop!
Visit hiphoparchive.org for more information about the Hip-Hop Archive and their mission.