Black Alumni on the M-I-C
February 21st, 2007 by Ajuan Mance
Today we celebrate these Black hip hop and R&B stars and their alma maters –
- Chuck D (Public Enemy) graduated from Adelphi University in 1984. At Adelphi he studied graphic design and was a college radio DJ. Asked about the importance of earning his Bachelor’s degree, Chuck D responded that “graduating from college in 1984, now that’s my greatest accomplishment.’’
- Cindy Blackman (drummer, Lenny Kravitz) earned her Bachelor’s in Drums from Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music in 1980.
- Amerie earned her B.A. from Georgetown University in 2000, with a double major English and Fine Arts.
- Tatyana Ali earned a B.A. from Harvard University in 2002.
- Roberta Flack graduated from Howard University in 1958, at the age of 19. She entered Howard University at the age of 15 on a full music scholarship.
- DJ Amp Live and MC Zion (of Oakland-based rap group Zion-I) earned their Bachelor’s degrees at Morehouse College where they first met and began working together.
- Sister Soujah earned her B.A. at Rutgers University, where she doubled majored in American History and African American Studies and participated in a study abroad program in Spain.
- Tajai (Souls of Mischief) graduated from Stanford University in 1997.
- Young MC (Marvin Young) graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor’s in Economics.