Multiple GRAMMY® Award-winner Aretha Franklin was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Princeton University during its 265th Commencement ceremony on Tuesday, June 5. The graduation ceremony for the Class of 2012 was held on Princeton University’s front lawn of the historic Nassau Hall. This is Franklin’s 12th honorary doctorate degree. Princeton University President Shirley M. Tilghman, presided over the ceremony, with over 10,000 students and guests attending.
“President Shirley Tilghman, the Trustees, Ms. Brooks, the music department, staff and faculty were all most welcoming, elegant and gracious,” said Franklin. “I am so pleased and thankful for the most prestigious gift of this honorary degree from this revered and world famous institution of higher learning, Princeton University. And the grace of God that has brought me thus far and grace will lead me on.” Read more…
The Alliance for Women in Media (AWM) Foundation and Ford Motor Company Fundannounced today that Luisa Garcia, a rising junior at The College of New Rochelle and Anne Johnson, a rising junior at Wake Forest University, are the scholarship recipients of the “Emerging Voices” program. The students were formally announced as winners during the Gracie Awards Luncheon on May 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, CA.
The “Emerging Voices” Scholarship program consists of two $2,500 scholarships, made payable directly to each student’s educational institute in the name of Ford Motor Company Fund. The winning students will provide journalistic content for AWM’s website based on assigned topics or prompts.
This is a podcast of the interview I did last month with SWV at The Apple Store in New York City. Special thanks to Interactive One’s Mike Jones and Apple’s Thuy-An Julien for allowing me the opportunity to do it.
On the heels of their critically acclaimed collabo album with M.O.P., German production team the Snowgoons solidify their legacy with the upcoming album, Dynasty. Including an incredible lineup of featured artists, the 32-track double-album, Snowgoons Dynasty, will be released worldwide on July 17, 2012 via Babygrande Records.