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Dillard President Asks Rapper Dr. Dre Why He Gave $35 Million to USC and Not a Black College.

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( Dr. Dre is one of the most successful entertainers in history, earning hundreds of millions of dollars by making great music.  Much of this music moves because he has been able to successfully package urban/black culture, selling it to audiences around the world.  One of the questions some have about those who readily use their blackness for profit is the following:  What are you giving back to those who gave you so much?

It’s hard to know exactly what Dr. Dre is doing for the black community, but we all know where he made his greatest gift.  Dr. Dre and music producer Jimmy Lovine recently announced a whopping $70 million dollar donation to USC to create a new degree.   The program is one that pulls together liberal arts, graphic arts, business, music and technology.  Dr. Dre’s donation is the largest ever given by any African American in history, and the money is going into the hands of rich white people.

As I prepared to give the commencement address at Simmons College, a growing HBCU in Kentucky with a very rich history, I heard a story about a group of ex-slaves who pooled their money to buy four acres of land so they could educate future generations.  Without sacrifices like these, the school would not be giving so much to the community today.  The school’s president, Dr. Kevin Cosby, has not taken a paycheck for his work for the last eight years and readily speaks of how the school is located in one of the poorest districts in America.  He sees his contribution as a chance to lift up the communityDrDre-DillardPresident around him, rather than simply milk the community’s resources.

If I could transplant Dr. Cosby’s brain into Dr. Dre’s body, black America would be changed forever.  Also, had those ex-slaves been naive enough to give all their money to the big white university down the street, the impact of their contribution would be minimal at best.  One of the reasons that black Americans struggle economically is because we’ve been locked out of economic opportunities, while massive institutions like USC hoard the wealth to protect their own (take a look at the very low percentage of African Americans they hire or admit as students).  Simultaneously, when we do have access to the resources necessary to begin our building process, we don’t feel inclined to support those who look like us.  That’s the difference between us and the Jewish community.

Another person who had something to say about the gift is Dillard University president, Walter M. Kimbrough.  Dr. Kimbrough was once the youngest president of any HBCU in the country and proudly considers himself to be a part of the hip-hop generation.   In an op-ed in the LA Times, Kimbrough openly asks Dre why he chose to give so much money to USC, as opposed to one of the struggling HBCUs that really could have used those resources:


I understood their need to build a pool of skilled talent. But why at USC? Iovine’s daughter is an alum, sure. And he just gave its commencement address. Andre Young — before he was Dr. Dre — grew up in nearby Compton, where he rose to fame as part of the rap group N.W.A. The Beats headquarters are on L.A.’s Westside.

Still, what if Dre had given $35 million — his half of the USC gift and about 10% of his wealth, according to a Forbes estimate — to an institution that enrolls the very people who supported his career from the beginning? An institution where the majority of students are low-income? A place where $35 million would represent a truly transformational gift?


Dr. Kimbrough is absolutely correct.  USC’s endowment is over $3.5 billion, which gives this school more money than every single HBCU in America combined.  Even more stunning is that the school’s endowment isn’t even in the top 20 in the nation.  The point here, and I hope Dr. Dre understands this, is that white people have plenty of money.   They don’t exactly need black people making donations, since they’ve already earned over a billion dollars from their African American athletes, many of whom have mothers who can’t even pay the rent.

Even worse is that much of this wealth was accumulated on the backs of slaves and black people who were locked out of the economic system.   Schools like USC make it diffcult for black students to gain admission and even more difficult for black faculty to get jobs.   Additionally, for Dr. Dre, his $35 million dollar donation (half of the $70 million he is sharing with Levin) is merely a drop in the bucket for a school like USC that is sitting on an amount of money that no HBCU will have for at least another 100 years.

Dr. Kimbrough goes even further to explain why USC was a questionable donation target for someone who grew up as a struggling black kid in South Central Los Angeles.

USC is a great institution, no question. But it has a $3.5-billion endowment, the 21st largest in the nation and much more than every black college — combined. Less than 20% of USC’s student body qualifies for federal Pell Grants, given to students from low-income families, compared with two-thirds of those enrolled at black colleges. USC has also seen a steady decrease in black student enrollment, which is now below 5%.

A new report on black male athletes and racial inequities shows that only 2.2% of USC undergrads are black men, compared with 56% of its football and basketball teams, one of the largest disparities in the nation. And given USC’s $45,602 tuition next year, I’m confident Dre could have sponsored multiple full-ride scholarships to private black colleges for the cost of one at USC.

Dr. Kimbrough made a courageous decision to write this article.  There are some who might criticize him as a “hater” or argue with his right to question what Dr. Dre does with his money.  But I’m not talking to those people right now.  Instead, we must look at the facts:  Dr. Dre, a man who has made hundreds of millions of dollars selling back urban culture to the world has made his largest donation to a predominately white university that doesn’t need the money and rarely admits black students unless they can play a sport.

By the way, the university has earned hundreds of millions of dollars from African American athletes, while HBCUs can barely pay the bills.    All the while, almost none of this money is returned to the black community, and multi-million dollar USC athletes like Reggie Bush have their integrity questioned for receiving a few hundred dollars under the table.  The fact is that these schools rob black people blind, don’t give hardly anything to the black community, and laugh at the fact that we are ridiculous enough to turn around and give all the money back.

I think this is what some in the dotcom era might call an “SMH moment.”  Dr. Dre is a brilliant producer, but this move just doesn’t make any sense.  I hope he has something to say.

Staff Writer; Dr. Boyce Watkins 

Dr. Boyce Watkins is the founder of the Your Black World Coalition.  For more information, please visit




24 Responses to “Dillard President Asks Rapper Dr. Dre Why He Gave $35 Million to USC and Not a Black College.”
  1. jones says:

    Wow to be honest i was on google this site just pop up never did kno dr dre did tha
    I agree whit the man who said dr dre still have hood ways and its sad
    For the ones who look up to these rappers who call them selves man but really killing
    Are people in the mind & soul

  2. rameses says:

    now you’re talking my language….I am interested in the “crowd funding” enterprise….been seeing some things on CNBC about it….I definitely look forward to building with you about financial matters in the future….PEACE as well

  3. hoodgirl says:

    Rameses thanks for your email address.

    The professional credential that I hold is the EA “Enrolled Agent” license isssued by the United States Treasury where there is no restriction on my ability to represent individuals and businesses “including NonProfit Corporations” before ALL levels of the IRS.

    My perspective is that of a successful entrepreneur for 18 plus years. It is more important that an individual identifies his or her PASSION and builds an enterprise around it which has the optimum probability of obtaining financial security on a sustainable basis rather than engaging in an enterprise for the sole purpose of making money.

    I believe in American exceptionalism and capitalism and have always been driven by helping others. Therefore, I have incorporated “Impact Investing” in all my businesses and continue to employ my expertise in taxation, real estate and financial advisory services on a pro bono basis to low to moderate income taxpayers without exercising a Nonprofit Corporation.

    It is the best practice of any business minded individual to form a team of counsel with expertise in the areas of taxation, real estate and investments to ensure business success and procedures are designed to comply with federal, state and local rules and regulations.

    At age 48, my husband and I are focused on our Investment Management Company similar to Mitt Romney’s Bain Capital with emphasis on “Crowd Funding” investors to continue sharing the fruits of our labor with the HOOD.


  4. rameses says:

    @hoodgirl I just finished reading this book on nonprofits for dummies and it was pretty in depth… far as setting it up I’m not really worried about that part although I am always open to receiving info from someone who is much more knowledgeable than me on a topic…I’m really worried about after things are set up and making sure the entity stays in compliance and navigating the tax code from that perspective…..setting it up doesn’t seem like it’s the issue for people….the issue is maintaining tax exempt status….my stuff however is on the up and up so that your friend would have nothing to work with…..however I do know that there are two things any business minded person needs: a good attorney and CPA….you can reach me at….I knew you would love the Mae Jemison piece as well….doesn’t it make you proud to see the sister and her accomplishments instead of talking about those who will never accomplish anything? Why waste time talking about the losers? Let’s get this money and ride off in the sunset….and also @hoodgirl if you’re not to familiar with nonprofits you are missing out on a goldmine in terms of structuring companies

  5. hoodgirl says:

    @Rameses, I actually watched the video clip you shared of Ms. Mae Jamieson and girlfriend is AWESOME!

    In the event that you don’t already have this information, the number to IRS Tax Exempt Entity line is 1-877-829-5500 8 AM to 5 PM, M-F. They will pretty much answer any questions regarding Nonprofit Organizations under the Internal Revenue Code.

    I currently have one 501(c)(3) client due to a favor for an existing client that begged and pleaded with me to help them to obtain federal tax exempt status when the person they hired did not see the process through completion. I explained to my client that I did not have experience in this area but they still wanted me to get involved so I did.

    However, I got a call earlier this week from another existing client asking me for information on how to obtain tax exempt status under 501(c)(3). Here we go again, this time I have agreed to provide assistance with the entire process from registering the Articles of Incorporation of a Nonprofit Corporation with the Secretary of State as well as obtaining tax exempt status through the Internal Revenue Code, state and local government.

    As to your question regarding a CPA that I trust, I do not know any CPAs in Georgia and have referred only one CPA for the last 20 years who happens to be a high school classmate of mine and have never heard anything but rave reviews about his work which is why I continue to refer him.

    If you need assistance with a specific matter that does not violate Georgia State law I may be able to refer you to him or depending on the specific matter I may also be able to assist you if you give me your email address to contact you to discuss the specific matter, PEACE.

  6. rameses says:

    @hoodgirl….do you know any good CPAs? any you trust?

  7. rameses says:

    Peace @Deanne Matthews I knew you would love the book. It was really interesting wasn’t it? We always hear about the butt whippings but we never hear about the success stories. This giant of a man accomplished more in 50 years than many black families accomplish through multiple generations!!! But we constantly get these “oh woe is me politics” that get your people nowhere. @hoodgirl, you know how I do!!!! lol…the truth of the matter is we have a choice to make: we can sit here and complain about what “we” are lacking and fall further and further behind. The inconvenient truth is that many of these black people we have this “de facto love” for are really our enemies. How much love do we actually really feel from black people? Do black people, in a general sense, make you feel loved? A friend of mine just moved to Brazil and is staying with a woman who he met from Brazil after he visited the country. When he got there and asked her how much will he need to pay her, she told him “my home is your home.” She welcomed him as family. How often do black people here make you feel welcomed? Business is about family because when I see someone engaged in business, I automatically know that these people care about their families. How many people you see involved in business not caring about their families? Not many. The two go hand in hand. Business is about building good relationships with other people. This, over time, fosters a familial type of interaction with those you do business with which engenders goodwill with those you do business with and keeps you doing business with these same individuals. Now who would want to do business with black people in general? Even black people don’t want to do business with black people in general. Black people will bypass a mall in their own area and go to one in a white area just because of this very reason. I was listening to a guy the other day and he said “it will be hard for you” (black people). He said “many of your people genetically have hit a brick wall and are not genetically capable of going further. You are starting at zero.” He said “you must get around like-minded individuals who want commercial success and move forward. You can’t worry about those who are not doing anything worthwhile because they won’t change no matter what you try to do.” I’ve been saying the same thing for years. This site is filled with negroes who sit back and bash white folks, and barack obama, and corporations, and the church, etc. for not giving them something. But their hands remain idle. They complain about a jobs program yet they create no jobs themselves. How can a people, who only consumes and never produces, complain about being in a low position? What product has black people created to make themselves some money? When was the last time you heard a black person actually inventing something? You have to go back to the traffic light for something to immediately come to your brain. But lately? You can’t think of anything. Negroes love Jordans but how many black shoemakers do you see? Negroes love cars but how many black automakers do you see? The list goes on and on. Complaining about Dr. Dre is very weak and whiny for anyone on here because he created a product that he was able to package and sell. It’s his intellectual property and therefore he can do what he wants. So your complaints on a website like this will not be heard by Dr. Dre nor will it affect him. The only inheritance black people pass down is welfare. For many women, this is their economic model: get pregnant, get child support, and collect food stamps, get on section-8 free housing. And they plan on supplying plenty criminal boys for the prison population in exchange for these privileges like the good slaves they are. Yeah this is what black people have devolved to: a group of losers. Black people accomplished more under segregation and when they thought that they were inferior to whites. Now because black people know a litle about history, and see some of the accomplishments of Egyptians, etc., they say “see whitey look at what we did. we built Egypt so we better than you.” Blacks use greatness in the past as an excuse to not perform in the present. Utter laziness. Pure and simple. The men are lazy and the women are to. One spends too much time on their back and one spends too much time on the one who spends too much time on their back. Black men and women are oversexed maniacs who spend more time screwing around than creating something of value (even the kids they are producing are of no value because many are dumb as hell and can’t compete globally). Corporate America is backing this immigration bill because they have created many jobs that the American public is not mentally competent to do. They are having to outsource people from other countries because quite frankly, the American public is becoming dumber and dumber. And it’s worse for blacks. All of these schools in America, yet you have drug dealers and prostitutes galore. Really? I made a choice to identify with the Reginald Lewis’ of the world instead of the Chief Keef’s. I was wondering what happened to Mae Jemison (I won’t say who she is because once again, if you’re too lazy to look up, you’re worthless) and so i looked her up. This black woman is phenomenal. Graduated high school at 16 and received a full scholarship from Standford and received a degree in Chemical Engineering. And did the peace corps and speaks Russian, Swahili. And for those that know of her know what she is ultimately famous for. She is doing some phenomenal things on the nonprofit level and is creating products to sell and also has a science summer camp as well. This black woman did not choose to be a whore: she chose to use her mind, not her behind to get ahead. This woman always stood out to me because she was one of the few sisters I saw, in 1992, who was natural and proud of it. This woman was and is a rare beauty. I was amazed to see she never married. She has a book that I checked out of the library called “Find Where The wind Goes.” I suggest picking it up @hoodgirl and at @Deanne. I know both of you will enjoy it. My heroes are not limited by gender and this woman is definitely one of them. I am proud of her and use her as someone to gain inspiration from. If you’re garbage on the inside then you will be inspired by garbage on the outside. Why waste time focusing on those who are hellbent on destruction and destroying themselves? I know it’s hard for a lot of black people to do but they have to let go of that “hate whitey” thing of the past. It’s a new era and too many of these dinosaurs are keeping that stuff alive. Yes ancestors had hard times. Many in our own families. But we don’t have those experiences and when we adopt their attitudes, we are limiting our growth potential. Many whites help and try to help black people but black people spend so much time throwing slavery in their face that white people just stay back just to avoid confrontation. Stop doing that shit. I mean because there are some things they can throw up in your face that you did to them as well in the past. And not all white peoples’ families had slaves either. Slaves cost money and many of the whites in America were slaves themselves. So just to paint every white you see as a descendant of slave-owners is ludicrous. In 2013, it’s time to grow up. We’ve been through stone age, bronze age, iron age, etc. Now it’s the information age. I spend more time processing information than anything else. I’m working on developing this nonprofit and it consumes all my time. While friends go to the club, I’m up all night sometimes working on this plan. I literally don’t have time to waste. In America, right now, you have the luxury of being able to be stupid. But with these cuts to welfare coming (and they are coming) this luxury will be slowly fade away. Black people are literally letting and come here and take what their ancestors died for and think they will be blessed? Many of those ancestors established a covenant with their future generations by choosing to stay alive and persevere so that they would have better in the future and these past 2-3 generations have sold them out. Before you criticize Dr. Dre black people, clean up your own house first because I can guarantee you, there are more devils in it than you want to admit.

  8. Deeann D. Mathews says:

    @Rameses I just have to mention… I just finished reading Reginald Lewis’ biography… PRICELESS!

  9. hoodgirl says:

    The tools to advance economically lay dormant in our community mainly because we choose not to address our family structure and pseudo intellectuals that keep us stagnate.

  10. ROBERT says:

    TO REALMAN.SOMETIMES I think to logically;you made the most sensible comment.

  11. hoodgirl says:

    Hey baby bro Rameses couldn’t agree with you more about Dr Dre “no diggity, no doubt”!

  12. Realman says:

    Let’s face it people, Dre is from the Hood, he’s in his forties but still carries the ignorant mentality/psyche of NWA orgins on his chest and proudly shows it off like a badge of honor. In other words don’t and never expect black folks like this to do anything positive or good for the black community.

  13. Rameses says:

    Interesting…This is the only topic that interest me when it comes to black people; economics. I see these comments about people criticizing Dre for not giving to black people. Why don’t you black people ever criticize your own family members for not educating you about the science of money? Give you what? A handout? For 60 plus years, black people have been getting welfare as an economic model due to their dreadful decision to integrate. What did “bloody sunday” get black people? I remember when John Lewis was on tv saying they were gonna go back to the place where they marched (and got their heads busted) to commemorate this day. Why do black people always go back to those periods in which they feel the pain. How many black people know about Reginald Lewis? I won’t even tell you who is because if you to lazy to type his name on the computer as you sit here and complain about Dr. Dre, then you’re worthless to me. You have ruling families in this world (key word families) and you have those who get ruled. Very simple. I went to Clark Atlanta University and stayed for one semester. Financial Aid was a mess and the black people who worked there was the most incompetent people I have ever seen in my life. You couldn’t get me to go to a black college if you gave me a full scholarship. Dr. Dre has to use his money, to invest in his future legacy, in anyway he sees fit. He has literally “earned” the right to do so. And this notion that black people have supported his artform is theb iggest joke out there because data has shown that white people support and have supported urban music more than black people. But once again, black people like boyce make everything a racial issue instead of an economic issue. When people go to the United Nations, what do you think these people discuss? How to engage with one another on a commercial level. While black people are commemorating “bloody sunday” other groups of people are advancing their families economic interests for the future and any people who concentrate on this deserve to move forward and exist and those who don’t deserve to perish. When I see most black people, I don’t see people: I see clones. I see entities who look human, but act like robots. They mimic what they see on tv and magazines but try to discuss economics, they tell you “ain’t nobody got time for dat.” LOL….never seen a bunch of weak, spiritually incompetent people in my life like majority of black people. How can any man get on here and criticize another man for doing with his money what he wants? If anything, you should be trying to formulate a plan on how to make your own millions. But I can guarantee you, when you make your millions, you will not be trying to donate to helpless negroes who are all to willing to see you work hard, gain success, and then try to guilt trip you with the “black” concept into giving them some of your hard earned assets. Just remember: when you decide to incorporate, race doesn’t come into the equation. If you are not business minded, then you are thinking like a slave and slaves don’t have rights: only privileges. Figure out who the losers are around you and remove them and get closer to the winners and make a business plan and if you have no winners around you, I suggest find some real fast. Otherwise you will be on this site ten years later complaining about what Barack didn’t do for black people. Nations of the earth respect people who actually do and to keep things in perspective, the ability for you to send messages across the internet is due to the fact that a person (business person) brought a product to the market that has facilitated your ability to interface with other groups of people not only in your country, but the world. The cleaning products in your house are there because a business minded saw a need (clean house, etc) and provided a product that would help facilitate endeavor. All these people on here, who are criticizing Dre, what product have you created to facilitate commerce between you and the public. What degree programs have you created? Dr. Dre is a “Creator” (please research trust law) and therefore is afforded certain rights a “slave cannot comprehend. White man freed you and left you to your own devices and you still complain? You ran back to the white man during integration because you leadership lead you wrong but it’s the white man’s fault? Dr. Dre nd Jimmy Iovine are probably gonna get a licensing fee for the usage of their names and other fees we probably will never know about because it’s not our business what these men do as private businessmen. That’s the beauty of being business people. You operate in a private capacity. While black people wanna get on facebook and talk about their baby daddies not paying child support. Losers indeed. Men (and the few women allowed in) who meet in boardrooms are the ones who make this world go around. The rest are just in limbo and complaining about Dr. Dre not giving to black colleges when black colleges wouldn’t even let Farrahkhan speak at them is a bunch of manure. What kind of initiatives are black colleges doing for black people? Tuskegee is one of the few schools who uphold the past traditions but many screw black students around trust me I know. Their curriculum is porous at best and the black college notion is outdated to me because I don’t see the success that black colleges promise black students when they come there. As far as I’m concerned, they need to tear them down like they tore down the projects. Black people think like they’re living in the 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, but are in 2013. This will not suffice. Get your act together or you will perish. It’s that simple

  14. ROBERT says:

    TO the people who are having a hard time understanding how the real world works;here is the title of a article in the jewish newspaper ISRAEL HAYOM;SHELDON and MIRIAM ADELSON donate another 40 million to birthright ISRAEL.IT goes on to describe the program they donated to as a[ten day educational trips to ISRAEL for jewish young adults between the ages of 18 and 26.THE ADLESON’S are quoted in the article saying [EXPOSING YOUNG JEWS TO ISRAEL HELPS BROADEN THEIR AWARENESS AND DEEPEN THEIR CULTURAL IDENTIFICATION.WE ARE COMMITTED TO ALL YOUNG JEWISH ADULTS TO HAVE A OPPORTUNITY TO BE INSPIRED BY THEIR ANCESTRAL HOMELAND].THIS is how sane people use their money;the jews are the wealthiest group in this country for this reason.IF you notice the program is specifically for their own;it does’nt mention us or anyone else.UNTIL we black AMERICAN’S learn to play the game like this we will alway’s be the looser’s.

  15. Good point Papacool..

  16. Papacool says:

    Before a question can be asked, one has to reason with logic. When Dr. Dre gave his donation, one has to realize that things may be deeper than the eyes can see. Jimmy Lovine was instrumental in getting Dr. Dre to the place he currently finds himself in. If Dr. Dre was simply asked to start up a new degree at USC, why should anybody care about the size of his donation? The question we as people should ask ourselves is why would anyone with wealth have to be asked to do a charitable deed to begin with? I know people who give behind the scenes as to not be noticed just for the sake of self glorification. We should be thankful that there are people like the brother who worked for Ford for so many years that in the end he gave millions to HBCU. With the exception of Jet magazine this act was not widely publicized. All I know is in the end nothing is going to be taken by any of the people who MAKE it. So why waste time getting mad at the fact that people can not be made to do what is right by being criticized. Dr. Dre has gone through some personal experiences that if they were to be revealed in their true nature would carry a large amount of shock and awe to everyone. In a way it seems that a form of psychological blackmail has occurred and in essence several secrets will remain hidden. However, all things done in the dark will one day come to light. It just is not our place to judge it, let God deal with it as His hands are bigger than ours. Peace out, Papacool.

  17. An apologia: written defense of one’s opinion

    Mr. Parker, in constructive dialogue, we should research and exam facts and truths. Before I make a statement, normally, I measure my statement by facts and truths, and strive to rise above my emotion, to a clear delivery. So let me clear up a couple of things, evidently you did not to research, my name. Mikal Darnell Sulaiman. (Solomon)

    Born in NJ. Not just attend the Million Man March of 1995, but did my obligatory duty of security. (I was 21 then) Last year I gave over $10K in charity, to black conscious organizations or schools, not counting my intellectual time, towards the struggle. How much did you give? What group are you in that supports the advancement of black people, since we are talking credentials?

    The books I have read:

    Quran, Message to the Black, Valley of Dry Bones, Our Saviour Has Arrived, This is the One, The Book Of God, Fall of America, Great Men of Color, Fire Next Time, The National Agenda, Brainwashed, Injeel, Torah, Supreme Wisdom, and hundreds more.. How much did you spend on books this year? I have spent about $500 so far, and have revolving subscription cost around $125 per month.

    What I am reading now: Final Call, Financial Times, Economist, Harvard Business Review, Foreign Affairs, Lords Of Strategy, Financial Intelligence, The Post American World, The Jewish, Phenomenon, and again, dozens of others

    I am striving to have a comprehensive knowledge. Hint, with the knowledge of my the Master Teacher, in one day, in a Scottish Rite Lodge, I was a Master Mason, teaching them who is really the Master or God. Oh yea, two degrees I have in accounting, and have my own company in a major city on prime real estate area.

    I can go from the West Side of Chicago or North Philadelphia to the board room and don’t miss a beat. I am certified in hood as well board room. Lastly, clubs or groups don’t choose me, I choose them.

    So now that we are done with credentials, let’s get into some dialogue for greater understanding.

    Affirmative action is beneficial if you are working to build your own reality. If you are using this program to simply get a car, buy a home, clothes, sit in a restaurant, then you are not aware. Land or businesses is what make you a man. In the Jewish community, you are not a man until you have land and/or a business.

    Affirmative actions contributed marginally to our advance. Sure we have more blacks with degrees, more black men in prison then black in slavery, drop out rate of 50% or a little higher, the feminization of black men, and black women still lacking black men who will produce a world for them to love and support. No one can give your freedom, you must work hard for it in a collective manner. Note, white women talk feminism, but the white man produces a world for them, as he should.

    So, if Dr. Dre or the government did not pay for your college tuition, what would you do?

    You stated “If Dre had given the $35 million to an HBCU, fewer of us would need to pool our money to support the education of our young people.” Mr. Parker you are grossly negligent of the knowledge of what it take to build a community. Every community that is successful, Italian, Irish, Asian, Jewish, Dominican, or any other, is successful because they work together in a collective or concerted effort.

    Economics and finance: You support trends. People purchased the iPhone because of trends, design, quality, and so forth. When you are talking about investing in a university, regardless of race, you look to see what is the trend in the market, what have they produced lately. Mr. Parker I don’t know if you are married or not. But, when you are married or in a relationship, a woman wants and desires for you to produce for her. When you refuse or delay in producing for her, she began to loose faith in your ability to accomplish anything worth while. When you are considering investing money the same deduction and conclusion are made.

    A person lacking knowledge of ROI, return on investment, and its mitigating variables, would think it’s simply about, giving money. Did you pick up the phone and ask Dr. Dre, what returns is he looking on his investment? Why do you assume, Dr. Dre is like you? My teacher taught me to accept my own and be myself. The questions are, who is your own and what is yourself?

    And again, will you fund your own education or will you beg for someone to do it for you?

    I am aware that our schools need funding, but who ever funds your get to dictate what you teach. Mr. Parker there are two type of education, one to enslave the minds, and one to free the minds. Example, I have an intern, whom I have know for a while, is 17 years old with a bachelor degree in biology, entering meds school, and will graduate when she is 20 or 21 with a med degree. But way before she attended HBCU, she had a superior knowledge that enable her to do this. Note she is not going to med school simply to say I am have a med degree and then assimilate.

    The only person responsible for funding your advancement in life is you. If you desire something, such as college education, what will you sacrifice to obtain it.

  18. Darryl Parker says:

    Mr. Sulaiman…you wrote, “We always cry HBCU’s need money, then why haven’t we pulled our resources to fund them?” This statement is totally inconsistent with your not disagreeing with how Dre spends his money. If Dre had given the $35 million to an HBCU, fewer of us would need to pool our money to support the education of our young people.

    As for the major contributions in technology etc…has it occurred to you that without funds to support major research, major research does not happen. It sounds as if you feel Black students and/or universities don’t have the talent to make major contributions, I say they do and if the HBCU’s could be properly funded, some of those major contributions would come from their faculty and students. One need look only to the major contributions of students at Howard, Fisk, Tuskegee, Morehouse, Spellman, Wilburforce etc… to know that the talent is there.

    Your comment on affirmative action leads me to believe that you either immigrated to this country and are unaware of the history, or you simply have not opened a book and read about the history of racism that made programs like affirmative action necessary.

    I respect your opinion, but it is opinions like yours, which reflect a lack of respect for the Black community, that hold us back.

  19. Well says:

    Let’s see Dr. Dre gives $35 million of his own cash while Obama gives trillions of other people’s money to Wall Street and not a murmur is uttered, SMDH.

  20. ROBERT says:

    THIS is just another clear demonstration that we as a people are a complete basket case.WE are obviously unable to function as a people in this society;which is a sign of insanity.NO other people has to be reminded that if you make it big; the first people you give back to is your own.HERE is a black man with 35 million dollars to give away and his people are’nt even in his thoughts.WE black AMERICAN’S have to finally to grips with the fact that we are a truly sick people.ANYONE outside of our group who is paying attention to us knows this;we are not fooling anyone but ourselves.I don’t know how all this is going to end but if I was a religous person I would start praying for us.

  21. dcarter910 says:

    I disagree with him giving money to the school for the purpose of creating a new academic program. That is just plain dumb. Schools create new academic programs when they know that those who graduate with those degrees can make a lot of money and then as alumni, send money back to the school and support the school in other ways. If USC was going to do this, they would have done it with their own money. But not they will “create” a degree program that few will enroll in.

    By the way, do the math. If 150K can give one poor black child in the hood with 4.0 gpa a full ride scholarship to their university of choice but they must enroll in science, medicine, technology or legal degree fields that would equate to roughly 250 new black lawyers, doctors, engineers and or scientists.

    That’s 250 new black families in the upper middle class that would raise on average 2 well educated children and 20 years from now that would mean 500 new black middle class families.

    That is how you lift people out of poverty.

  22. Gina Oliveri says:

    Thanks for sharing this article. It is an eye opener, that’s for sure. I had no idea the USC/black student population was so slanted, etc. Thank you to Dr. Kimbrough for sharing the information, “A new report on black male athletes and racial inequities shows that only 2.2% of USC undergrads are black men, compared with 56% of its football and basketball teams, one of the largest disparities in the nation. And given USC’s $45,602 tuition next year, I’m confident Dre could have sponsored multiple full-ride scholarships to private black colleges for the cost of one at USC.”

    However, I also can appreciate a point Darnal Sulaiman made. I quote,”But we, as a whole get upset when we have not fostered an environment to facilitate the reinvestment into our own communities.”

    After considering both comments, my first thought was that maybe we just put too much stock into the minority celebrities who hold so much revenue to support worthwhile causes, like contributing to African American Colleges.It’s not like money all of a sudden gives you wisdom and insight.

    On the other hand, when someone at the gas station approaches me for a dollar, it has becomes a reflex for me to decline as I look at the other seats in my car, empty in the moment or not. I glance and know that those seats belong to my family. They have needs that come first and I may want to give to another cause, but until their needs are met first, the answer is, “Sorry, not this time.”

    Well, I don’t want to bash anyone inparticular, such as Dr. Dre, but I hope the article at least serves as a cautionary tale of some sort for those who in the future who are blessed with such an opportunity to give back to a community.

    It may be a good thing to help others, but it’s your duty and a beautiful thing to take care of home first folks!

  23. deejay says:

    What are you giving back to those who gave you so much? Isnt this the same question we should be asking Obama? Done absolutely nothing for the people who gave him 93% of their vote. If we are going to hold Dr Dre responsible for giving back shouldnt the same be true for Obama?

  24. Peace Bro. Dr. Watkins. Definitely feel your sentiment. What puzzles me are two points, why are we surprised and where is our accountability in saving HBCUs? I totally get the position that Dr. Dre made millions from black culture, but prior to this incident with Dr. Dre, was there a push to speak the artist, sports persons, and the alike for capital to save HBCUs?

    When we talk about compelling our people to support black institutions, as you know, it cannot be an emotional spark to fight in journey that takes at least a decade or two surplant. ( I am not saying this is your tone) But we, as a whole get upset when we have not fostered an environment to facilitate the reinvestment into our own communities. Thank you Dr. Watkins your insight, I really appreciate reading them.

    My FB Posting:

    I don’t disagree with Dr. Dre’s move. Two reason, it’s his money and second how many of us waste money daily on frivolous things. For example, it baffles me how can someone black afford an IPhone for $400.00, when the average person in the black community working only makes after taxes $10-$25 per hour irrespective of their profession, and I bill clients $250.00 an hour, and I am offended by the cost for cellular coverage.

    If you are going to throw a stone, can the net far and wide. HBCUs are notable in the fact that they are HBCUs but off your head recite or dictate to me 10 or even 5 major contributions to technology, medicine, biology in the past 20 years. And yea I am black. What’s my point, when you command the market or industry you yield the ROI for groups or people wanting to support you.

    Lastly, take it or let it along, affirmative action and the accommodations bill has done so much harm to us. We always cry HBCUs need money, then why haven’t we pulled our resources together to fund them? And yes, there is silence. MDS

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