In recognition of his “special achievements and distinguished public service,” Shawn Carter, popular US rapper, is set to receive the President’s Award at the 50th National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Image Awards.

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The award is to be bestowed on the 49-year-old rap star, best known as Jay-Z, at LA’s Dolby Theater on Saturday, March 30.

Speaking on the development, Derrick Johnson, NAACP president, lauded the rapper’s achievements, his commitment to social activism as well as his zeal for community service

“The President’s Award is an honor we carefully bestow upon an individual, maintaining its significance and commitment to recognizing excellence in service that directly affects our community,” said Johnson.

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“Shawn Carter has been committed to shedding light on the issues that plague the black community including systematic racism and unjust treatment under the law, utilizing his global platform to create everlasting change.”

“There is no better time than now, as we celebrate our 50th year, to honor him (Jay-z with this award).”

Jay-z has had stellar career as a music artiste; record producer; record executive and business mogul, having won 22 Grammy awards and sold over 100 million albums worldwide.

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Being the president of Def Jam Recordings and co-owner of TIDAL, a global streaming service, he has also played a notable role in social activism with his Shawn Carter Foundation helping economically disadvantaged individual in pursuit of higher education.

Past recipients of the President’s Award include Jesse Jackson, Lauryn Hill, Soledad O’Brien, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, and Muhammad Ali.



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