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Nas gets a fellowship in his name at Harvard

FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2013 file photo released by Hennessy, hip hop artist Nas attends Hennessy Black: A Dinner with LL Cool J and Mark Burnett Celebrating Music's Biggest Night Out in Los Angeles. Harvard University announced Tuesday, July 16, that the 39-year-old rapper is being honored with the Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellowship at its W. E. B. Du Bois Institute. It is a joint venture with Harvard’s Hip-Hop Archive. The fellowship will assist students who excel in the arts in connection with hip-hop. (AP Photo/Hennessy, Casey Rodgers, File)

Rapper Nas (inset) has a Harvard fellowship in his name. On Tuesday, the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University and the Hiphop Archive
announced the creation of the Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellowship, which will help scholars and artists with everything from performance pieces to manuscript projects. Nas said in a statement about the fellowship, “In my rollercoaster of a life I’ve endured good and bad for sure, and I’ve truly been blessed to have achieved so much thru art in my short life thus far. But I am immensely over-the-top excited about the Nasir Jones HIP-HOP Fellowship at Harvard. . . . It is a true honor to have my name attached to so much hard work, alongside great names like Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and W.E.B. Du Bois and to such a prestigious and historical institution, and all in the name of the music I grew to be a part of.’’ Nas’s most recent album, “Life Is Good,’’ came out a year ago. The Hiphop Archive is run by Harvard professor Marcyliena Morgan. Gates is director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute.

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