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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.


Cindy Blackman

  • 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.

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One Response

  1. lilkunta

    If Amerie graduated in 00, is she currently lying when she says she was born on jan 12 80? Did she start college early? Or is her true DOB jan 12 1978?