Education and hip-hop are rarely ever linked together, except for when we hear about artists receiving honorary degrees because of their contributions to the community and culture. Artists like Kanye West, Diddy, Lil Wayne, Common, and Wyclef Jean are just a few who have been honored by universities for their accomplishments.
Sadly, society often finds it as a surprise when rappers are college graduates, like the 4.0-having 2 Chainz and many others. Sean “Diddy” Combs however is changing the negative views that many people have when it comes to hip hop artists and their contribution to education with the opening of Capital Prep Harlem Charter School on August 29, 2016, in New York City.
Diddy has always been one to step outside of the box that society places him in. He had a vision to expand educational opportunities for young men and women in Harlem and that’s just what he’s doing.
The Capital Prep Harlem Charter School will also build strong leaders in the community, which is a missing component in America’s school system. Students rarely learn about the importance of confidence, public speaking, real estate, money management, creativity, and how to plan and execute grand ideas. Capital Prep will tackle all of those things and more.
Diddy linked up with the founder of Capital Prep, Dr. Steve Perry, “to build community support and enlist a team of educators, parents and business leaders to bring the idea to fruition.” Slowly but surely American’s are no longer following the typical American dream, we are becoming more independent and building our own empires. The youth of today will be the product of change and it is time for the school system to reflect that. We cannot wait to see the iconic leaders that this school produces.
“Creating this school is a dream come true for me, I want to impact the lives of young people in my community, and build future leaders. The first step is offering them access to a quality education” – Sean “Diddy” Combs