#EducateOurMen: MC Lyte ft. Common “Dear John”
#EducateOurMen is a scholarship initiative by Hip Hop Sisters Foundation, owned by MC Lyte. Since the founding of the Soul Train Music Awards, the foundation has given two $100,000 university scholarships every year. This year, the foundation will present dozens of scholarships for men of color. Other celebrities who support the movement include Russell Simmons, Jada Pinkett Smith and Faith Evans.
#EducateOurMen is the official hashtag for the movement and “Dear John” is its anthem. The track features MC Lyte and guest MC, Common. It is also MC Lyte’s first single off of her forthcoming LP – her first studio album in eleven years. This project should be available early 2015.
The video for “Dear John,” and the overall message of the song is MC Lyte’s tribute to men of color and the vision she has for them, across the globe. Recruiting Common for a feature on the song adds to the message as he is viewed as a conscious Male voice in Hip Hop.
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There’s no denying the positive impact Hip Hop has made throughout the years. Despite the negativity others try to link with Hip Hop, the good always outweighs the bad – and this is just another example of that.