Sean Combs, the world-famous rapper and fashionista also known as “P Diddy”, “Puff Daddy” and “Puffy”, is about to open a charter school for children in Harlem, New York City in the US.
Combs has decreed that all teachers will be called by the title “Illuminator”. He is also intent on having illuminators call parents every two weeks to discuss the social-emotional needs of
Combs said in a press statement that the overarching theme of the school will be “social justice”, with students expected to work on “social justice projects” during their school career.
Meanwhile American columnist, education activist and the former founding dean of urban education at Davenport University in Grand Rapids, Michigan in the US, Andre Perry, says he’s changed his tune about rap artists.
“I used to express a popular theme in my speeches to students in urban schools,” said Perry. “I’d say, the hood doesn’t need another Tupac or Beyoncé, hoping to motivate students toward ‘real’ academic pursuits.
“Holding students accountable for getting a great education shouldn’t mean we have to crush their dreams.
“But we don’t view rappers and producers as artists or intellectuals. The viability of hip-hop as a career option is muddled in negative societal beliefs of black men and black art.
“Dissing hip-hop heads insidiously promotes our anti-intellectual black male stereotypes and distracts us from giving youth the skills required to participate in the estimated US$10 billion industry,” proclaimed Perry.
Category: Winter 2016