Last night, my wife Donnie Smith & I were awarded the Courage Award at NYU’s Hip Hop Education Center’s Extra Credit Awards for our work with Donda’s House. All photos are by Terrence Jennings, please give photo credit if you repost. Thank you Martha Diaz and the entire Hip Hop Education Center Team. Also thank you to the sponsors including Wikiburg.

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Thank you to everyone who presented awards & came out including our host M.K. Asante, Malik Yoba, Erik Parker & One9 (Producers of “Time Is Illmatic”), Rosie Perez, Marley Marl & his son, DJ Beverly Bond (of Black Girls Rock) and Senator Gustavo Rivera. 

Congratulations to all honorees including: 
Afrika Bambaataa of the Zulu Nation
Dr. Olajide Williams, Artie Green, Easy A.D. and Doug E Fressh – Hip Hop Public Health
Dr. Christopher Emdin and the GZA – Science Genius
Maureen Yancy aka Ma. Dukes – J. Dilla’s Mother – J. Dilla Foundation
Tomas Alvarez and Rob Jackson – Beats, Rhymes & Life
David TC Ellis – High School for the Recording Arts/Hip Hop High
Toki Wright – Hip Hop Studies Program at McNally Smith College of Music
DJ Stephen Levitin, Pierce Freelon & Dr. Mark Katz – Beat Making Lab
Che “Rhymefest” & Donnie Smith – Donda’s House Inc. 

I was so inspired by everyone’s work and look forward to continuing to work with everyone.