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Jay-Z teams up with Colombia University for new lecture series spotlighting African American culture


Courtesy of Eileen BarrosoFor those wishing there was a way to major in Beyoncé, that dream is one step closer to reality thanks to a new deal Jay-Z inked with Colombia University.  

In a press release, the university says the “’JAY-Z’ Carter Lecture Series,” is a new program that aims to honor “the New York City-born rapper, songwriter, entrepreneur and philanthropist.”

Hova didn’t miss his first class, which was held Tuesday, where he held an exclusive talk with students and faculty within the university’s African American and African Diaspora Studies Department. 

There, while discussing issues affecting the life and culture of African Americans, the rapper answered questions about his career and legacy in the music industry, along with his philanthropy.

Overall, Jay-Z aimed to spark an open conversation and said, “We can all dazzle each other with language” and added that he wants to “get down to the honesty of what’s happening.”

Columbia’s chair of the AAADS Department, Farah Jasmine Griffin, says the new program “sits at the heart of our mission to create and sustain an intellectual community bridging scholarship, teaching and public life.”

While the Jay-Z was the first guest, other notable speakers will be “scholars and other noteworthy people who have made a major contribution” to African American culture.

The lecture is held at the university’s Manhattanville campus at The Forum.  

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