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Colin Kaepernick And Dave Chappelle Honored With Harvard’s W.E.B. Du Bois Award

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Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and beloved comedian Dave Chappelle were awarded by Harvard University on Thursday (Oct. 11) for their contributions to black history and culture.

The W.E.B. Du Bois Medal is crafted by the Hutchins Center for African and African-American Research at the Ivy League institution. In the past, the Hutchins Center has awarded the honor to various black celebrities including Nas, LL Cool J, Ava DuVernay, and our very own VIBE founder Quincy Jones.

The other honorees are Kenneth Chenault, chairman and a managing director of General Catalyst; Shirley Ann Jackson, president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Pamela Joyner, founder of Avid Partners, LLC; psychologist and author Florence Ladd; Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative; and artist Kehinde Wiley.

Former Harvard professor Cornel West introduced Kaepernick in his speech saying, “He was not simply content with being successful, he wanted to be great.” Kaepernick reportedly requested that folks take no snapshots or recordings during his remarks.

The athlete turned black liberation activist shared a story about visiting a high school football team in Oakland, California. “One of these brothers says, ‘We don't get to eat at home, so we're going to eat on the field,’” Kaepernick said. He stated that remark stuck with him, sharing, "It's our responsibility ... to uplift them, to empower them. Because if we don't, we become complicit in the problem."

He ended his speech saying, “Love is at the root of our resistance. It will fortify everything we do."

 

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Last night at Sanders Theatre, Colin Kaepernick, Dave Chappelle, Pamela J. Joyner, Bryan Stevenson, Shirley Ann Jackson, Florence C. Ladd, Kenneth I. Chenault, and Kehinde Wiley were honored with the distinguished W.E.B. Du Bois Medal.⠀ ⠀ The W.E.B. Du Bois Medal, named after the first African American scholar to earn a Ph.D. from Harvard in 1895, honors those who have made contributions to African and African-American history and culture. Powerful, poignant speeches from presenters and honorees marked this year's ceremony. ⠀ ⠀ Human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson, M.P.P. ’85, J.D. ’85, L.L.D. ’15, who founded @eji_org, dedicated his award to “people who did so much more with so much less” and asked the audience to think of hope as “your superpower.” Comedian Dave Chappelle said he was humbled to be on stage with his fellow honorees: “You all make me want to be better,” he said. Athlete and social activist Colin Kaepernick said that people in positions of privilege and power have a responsibility to speak up for the powerless: “If we don’t, we become complicit. It is our duty to fight for them.”⠀ ⠀ Photo: Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer

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Selena began her musical career in the 1980s often performing at festivals in her hometown of Corpus Christi, Texas. She quickly rose to fame and earned a Grammy in 1994 for best Mexican/American album, becoming the first female Tejano singer to do so.

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P. Diddy Weighs In On All This "King Of R&B" Talk

Atlanta singer-songwriter Jacquees had the Internet in shambles over the weekend when he declared himself the king of R&B for this generation. The Cash Money artist did earn praise for his debut album 4275, but many felt the boast was premature at best. Tyrese, Tank, Eric Bellinger, and Usher all responded with who they think the true king of rhythm and blues is, but for the rest of the Internet, they pulled up for the laughs.

Sean P.Diddy Combs has maintained a relatively low profile since Kim Porter's death, however on Tuesday (Dec. 11), Diddy interjected to offer a bit of perspective on what it takes to be a king, and more specifically, a king of rhythm and blues.

"Heard we talking about some king sh*t and y'all know I usually mind my business, but R&B is the foundation of my life," Diddy began. "And to be a king, that's some other sh*t. The word king is too loosely thrown around.  Now, I understand the concept that we are all kings, I understand that....but cats giveaway the king thing too early."

Just to backtrack, Mr. Combs has produced some of the 90s most beloved tracks and has earned the right to offer his two cents. Diddy then explained the R&B is also about feeling, not just lyrical small talk.

"Let's get to the topic of R&B: we talking about rhythm and blues, we talking about sharing your soul, and making love through your music. We're talking about adoring a woman. Not just putting it down or talking about how you just want to smash her, I'm talking about adoring her. So in order to be the king of R&B you first gotta start making some R&B, you have to be vulnerable, you have to be speaking about love, you have to be able to affect women in a positive way and your ass has to be able to sing."

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"Man, and then you have to write a number one record. You've gotta have a whole bunch, a whole bunch of number one records," he concluded.

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