Roommates, it’s always exciting to see Jay-Z get involved in the endeavors of the community, and help to uplift his people. Well, now Jigga will have another piece of hardware to add to his achievements–The NAACP’s President’s award.
“The President’s Award is an honor we carefully bestow upon an individual, maintaining its significance and commitment to recognizing excellence in service that directly affects our community,” NAACP president Derrick Johnson said in a statement.
According to @Variety, Jay was nominated for the award based on his dedication to bringing awareness to the issues of the black community, including systematic racism.
“Shawn Carter has been committed to shedding light on the issues that plague the black community including systematic racism and unjust treatment under the law,” Johnson said. There is no better time than now, as we celebrate our 50th year, to honor him with this award.”
Jay-Z has had a great year both as an artist and business mogul. He’s won 22 Grammy awards, and has sold over 100 million albums worldwide.
The NAACP is honoring Jay for those things, as well as his commitment to social activism through the Shawn Carter Foundation. The organization is committed to helping the socio-economically disadvantaged in pursuit of higher education. Jay is also the co-founder of The Reform Alliance, which works on criminal justice reform.
Past recipients of the President’s Award include Jesse Jackson, Lauryn Hill, Soledad O’Brien, Colin Powel, Condoleeza Rice, and Muhammad Ali.
We congratulate Jay on this prestigious achievement and hope he continues to make change within the black community!