5 Women Who Deserve Honorary Degrees
Jill Scott was recently honored with an honorary degree from her alma mater, Temple University. The Philly-native is one of many female entertainers worthy of getting a diploma for their achievements in art and entertainment. Check out this list of powerhouses who also deserve to toss their tassels.
The Houston beauty is one of the most dynamic performers of our time. Beyonce' continues to sell out venues across the globe and make music that not only touches fans, but empowers women while also making them feel sexy. Blue Ivy's mom also recently became the highest paid black musician in history. She has truly mastered her ar
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Not only has she sold over 12 million records, Alicia Keys has done a ton of charitable work. While she served as a Creative Director at Blackberry in 2013, ?she did work with their Scholars Program, which awarded scholarship money to women earning degrees in science, technology, engineering and math. ?The Harlem native is? also? the co-founder and Global Ambassador of Keep a Child Alive, a non-profit organization that provides medicine to families with HIV?/AIDS? living ? in Africa. For all of her selfless efforts to bring awareness, funding and good will to populations in need, Swizz Beatz'sbetter half deserves an honorary diploma.
Missy Elliott is one of the most celebrated artists in hip hop. As an all around entertainer who sings, raps, writes songs and produces, Timbaland's partner has sold over 30 million records. She is the only femcee with six platinum albums. For her contributions to the artistry of hip hop and R&B, the "Supa Dupa Fly" rapper deserves recognition from a top institution of higher learning.
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In 1997, she became the first African American ?to cover the Victoria's Secret catalog. Banks was? also? the first African-American woman on the covers of GQ and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.? She broke barriers in the modeling industry ?and also became a successful talk show host, producer, and author.
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Billboard's newest Icon Award recipient has shown that she is worthy of much recognition. J. Lo has successfully crossed lanes as a dancer, actress and musician throughout her 23-year career. The Bronx-native became the first Latina actress to earn over $1 million for a role with the 1998 film Out of Sight. The American Idol judge is the first to have a number one album and movie in the same week with the 2001 releases of The Wedding Planner and her second studio album J. Lo. She's not the highest paid Latina entertainer for nothing. Let's dress Jenny from the block in some graduation garb and present her with an honorary degree.
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