Claudine Gay has officially made Harvard University history.
Oct 3, 2023
Aoki Lee Simmons has officially turned her graduation tassel!
May 30, 2023
In a move that is long overdue, Harvard University has reportedly appointed its first Black president. The Harvard Gazette announced on Dec. 15 that Claudine Gay will become the renowned institution’s 30th president.
Dec 16, 2022
Aoki Lee Simmons isn’t standing for how she says she has been treated at Harvard University. As previously reported by AfroTech, she is the youngest daughter of Russell and Kimora Lee Simmons. After enrolling at Harvard at only 16-years-old, Simmons has been pursuing modeling just like her mother along with a degree in computer science. However, according to Simmons’ TikTok, her professors have been disregarding her career, and the 20-year-old has spoken out. @aokileesimmons Maybe if I had a lacrosse game you’d give me the zoom link? ♬ Back End – Finesse2tymes “When professors love being accommodating for students with jobs and work opportunities they ‘respect,’ but modeling isn’t real work, in their opinion,” she wrote in the TikTok video.
Sep 7, 2022
Recent high school graduate Ashley Adirika has displayed the epitome of academic excellence. The first-generation Nigerian-American is one of the few people to be accepted into all eight Ivy League universities, ABC News reports.
Jun 10, 2022
Outside of acting and comedy, Tiffany Haddish has recently been focused on expanding her education. Vibe reports that the comedian is currently enrolled in courses at Harvard University.
Jun 7, 2022
Waka Flocka brought in his 36th birthday with two celebrations as he was also awarded an honorary professor degree in Humanitarianism and Philanthropy from the Bible Institute of America, TMZ reports. “I remember at 26 i made a promise to God to stop taking xpills, stop drinking lean and start cleaning out my heart 10 yrs later i’m 36 with degrees, a daughter , financially free, and a lot of people that look up to me shawty i’m beyond grateful…. i been preparing my whole life for what’s about to happen. THANK YOU FATHER GOD,” Flocka wrote on Instagram ahead of the ceremony. View this post on Instagram A post shared by WAKA FLOCKA FLAME (@wakaflocka)
Jun 1, 2022
Yara Shahidi has crossed the finish line. According to People, the Grown-ish and Black-ish star has officially graduated from Harvard University. While we are excited for her, it was also hard for Shahidi to contain her excitement, even creating a series of posts leading up to the big day on Instagram. “Celebrating ALL week! T MINUS DAY AWAY FROM GRADUATION,” she said in one post.
May 27, 2022
Rapper IDK and Credit Karma are teaming up to encourage financial management. The partnership proves to be a full-circle moment for the American rapper who credits the personal finance company for teaching him the importance of credit and financial literacy, Forbes reports. Despite the rapper’s name standing for Ignorantly Delivering Knowledge (IDK), his contributions to the partnership embody the complete opposite. Evidently, using his influence and stature to improve the lives of others is nothing new for the musician. As AfroTech previously reported, IDK was tapped to teach a 10-day music business crash course at Harvard University for entry-level industry leaders. Under the partnership, there will be an opportunity for contestants to secure a $10,000 prize to pay off the outstanding debt by competing in a contest. Participants who tap in will need to share their stories on how they collected debt and what steps they are implementing to eliminate their debt. Following the...
Nov 5, 2021
Two Black girl scholars are being celebrated for going above and beyond for their debate team. According to Black Enterprise, 16-year-old Jayla Jackson and 17-year-old Emani Stanton have been honored by the Harvard Debate Council for being the first-ever Black girl duo to take home the grand prize title for the team. “Our 4th consecutive championship win was brought home to Atlanta by Jayla & Emani with an #UNDEFEATED record as they became the FIRST EVER Black girl duo to win Harvard’s international debate competition against over one hundred debaters from around the world,” the Harvard Diversity Project said on their official Instagram account. “They have shown the world what’s possible when the playing field is leveled!” View this post on Instagram A post shared by Harvard Diversity Project (@harvarddcdp) Jayla and Emani are part of Harvard University’s Harvard Diversity Project, which was founded in 2017 by coach and author Brandon Fleming. The Atlanta-based Diversity Project...
Jul 20, 2021
The Roc Nation School of Music, Sports, and Entertainment continues to grow! Billboard reports that 9th Wonder will join the school as a visiting professor and artist in residence. As an acclaimed R&B/Hip-Hop producer, 9th Wonder will teach courses in Hip-Hop history along with the making of an album utilizing his current research in connection with the Loeb Library at Harvard University. He also brings a plethora of personal experiences to the table for the role. “Music changed my life and opened doors for me in ways that I never could have imagined, so it’s only right that we impart our knowledge to help the next generation of ambitious leaders,” said 9th Wonder in a statement to Billboard. “I’m truly honored to teach at the Roc Nation School of Music, Sports & Entertainment and look forward to equipping these students with the tools to break barriers in their own lives and careers.” Some of his early credits include production work on Jay-Z’s “The Black Album” and Destiny Child’s...
May 25, 2021
High school senior Kelisha Williams’ application to Harvard University began as a joke but as it turns out the teen is headed to the esteemed college on a full ride. According to WCPO, Williams — an Ohio native who grew up in the foster care system — didn’t believe she could actually get into Harvard, much less secure a full scholarship. However, hard work and determination paved the way for an incredible opportunity for her future. “When I applied to Harvard, I applied to Harvard as a joke,” Williams told the news outlet. “I didn’t think I was going to get in.” When Williams logged into her school account to check her admission results, she was pleasantly surprised to see that she had been accepted with a message that read “congratulations” accompanied by confetti. Now, the young teen is gearing up to study political science and psychology for her tuition-free college career. In speaking with WCPO, Williams revealed that growing up she wanted to become president one day, and now...
May 17, 2021
Rapper IDK — whose moniker is short for “Ignorantly Delivering Knowledge” — has experienced a major transformation in his music journey of going from being incarcerated to signing with a major record label. His struggle to find his life’s purpose has led him to being a successful artist/producer. Now, he wants to ensure other rising artists don’t have to go through similar circumstances to follow their dreams. In an exclusive interview with Rolling Stone, the 28-year-old Maryland rapper announced the launch of No Label Academy — a 10-day music business crash course at Harvard University curated for aspiring industry leaders with no prior experience or exposure. “The idea started when I realized how my situation had a lot to do with the odds being against me,” IDK told Rolling Stone. “I, being a felon and having minimal education in terms of certifications, was still finding a way to create a career that’s not only lucrative, but in line with what I actually wanted to do in life.”...
Dec 3, 2020
Becoming a Harvard student is a high achievement on its own, but to become the student body president thanks to your peers is an even greater one. Just ask 20-year-old Noah Harris, the first Black man to be elected by the student body to become president of Harvard’s Undergraduate Council, reports Hattiesburg American. Harris is a junior government major from Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He succeeds two other Black students who have headed Harvard’s Undergraduate Council. The first to serve in the role, Cary Gabay, was a Black man chosen in 1993 by members of the council, and the second was a Black woman, Fentrice Driskell, who was also elected. “I definitely don’t take that lightly,” Harris said of the confidence placed in him. “Especially with everything that went on this summer with the death of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, all the protests that went on in this moment of racial reckoning in this country. This is a major statement by the Harvard student body to...
Nov 24, 2020