Harvard University’s W.E.B. Du Bois Institute and Hip Hops “God son” Nas have come together to create the Nassir Jones fellowship program. It’s a program that will try to portray the hip-hop culture in the curriculum and academia. This is one of the very few times that hip-hop and education has come together to better recognize the culture in a mass scale.
The Director of the W.E.B Du Bois Institute for African and African American Professor Henry Louis Gates, talks about the complements that Nas artistic integrity brings to the program “Nas is a true visionary, and he consistently shows how boundaries can be pushed and expanded to further the cause of education and knowledge. The work of the Du Bois Institute is enriched by the addition of the Nassir Jones Hip-Hop Fellowship.” This provided program would have the potential to archive hip-hop the proper way in a dignified form.”
Nas had a few words to say, “I am immensely over-the-top excited about the Nassir Jones HIP-HOP Fellowship at Harvard. From Queens, NY to true cultural academia. My hopes are that greed for knowledge, art, self-determination and expression go a long way. 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 fellowship program application will be available on Oct 2 , 2013, with a deadline to apply by Dec 1,2013. Any additional information will be provided by www.hiphoparchive.org . Be sure to support and apply to this inspirational program and become apart of history.