|MSNBC co-host and author Touré|
|Gospel legend Rev. Shirley Caesar-Williams (Photo from bet.com)|
North Carolina Central University (NCCU) will recognize the academic excellence of more than 200 students at the annual Honors Convocation at 10:15 a.m. on Thursday, April 3, in the McDougald–McLendon Gymnasium. The event speaker is MSNBC co-host and author Touré.
Touré has been called a “one man media conglomerate” by Newsweek editor Tina Brown.
As co-host of the MSNBC show “The Cycle,” his social commentary covers everything from hip-hop and pop stardom to politics, the economy and the media. He is a contributing editor to “Rolling Stone,” host of “The Hip-Hop Show” and “On the Record” for Fuse TV, and a columnist for Time.com.
He is the author of “Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness?: What It Means to Be Black Now,” named one of the Most Notable Books by “The New York Times” and “The Washington Post” when it was published in 2011. In 2013, he released a book on the legendary artist Prince titled “I Would Die For U” and is currently working on two books: “What’s a Real Man?”, which investigates what it means to be a man in America today, and another on the rapper Nas.
A professor at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, he teaches courses in hip-hop history and music and culture.
NCCU will recognize student achievements in a number of categories, including the Chancellor’s Award and University Award, the university’s top honors. Other awards will recognize students who have earned spots on deans’ lists and departmental academic honors.
In addition, students will be singled out for performing arts distinctions, community service achievements, and membership in professional and academic honor societies. Honor students will receive a special lapel pin to be worn during the week of convocation and on Convocation Day.
University Honors Convocation will take place as part of the Installation Week of activities for Chancellor Debra Saunders-White. Highlights for the week include:
A full list of installation events can be found at http://www.nccu.edu/administration/chancellor/installation/events.cfm
This year’s University Honors Convocation is a partnership between the Honors Program and Lyceum Committee.