Besides his immense contributions in the rap and music industry as a whole, Jay-Z’s social justice endeavours and mission towards highlighting issues in the black community can never be overestimated.
It is in light of this that the premier Civil Rights Organization in the United States, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is set to award the multi-platinum selling and award-winning rapper the prestigious President’s Award at the 50th NAACP Image Awards on Saturday, March 30.
“The President’s Award is an
The statement also highlighted the Blueprint rapper’s commendable impact outside music and how he uses his influence and platform for social good.
“Shawn “JAY-Z” Carter continues to use his platform for social good, intertwining his art and activism, through the work of his Shawn Carter Foundation and serving as Co-Founder of The REFORM Alliance.
He was instrumental in bringing to life Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story, which shed deeper light on the impact of the verdict felt
Jay-Z joins a very distinguished group of recipients of the President’s Award which includes Jesse Jackson, Lauryn Hill, Muhammad Ali, just to mention a few.
Created in 1967, the NAACP Image Awards celebrates “the outstanding achievements and performances of people of
This adds to a long list of awards and recognitions conferred on the Brooklyn rapper. Just last week, the Library of Congress inducted his double-platinum selling and critically acclaimed Blueprint album into the National Recording Registry.
Being the most contemporary recording among the 25 titles that were inducted for the year 2018, the Library said the album solidified Hov’s “reputation as one of the greatest rappers in music.”
“‘The Blueprint’ demonstrates Jay-Z’s range, from battle raps throwing shade on his lyrical adversaries such as Nas and Prodigy of Mob Deep, to triumphant anthems about life at the top, to heartfelt examinations of his personal history,” their statement read.