The Scoop: The First Lady Michelle Obama and rapper Wale are teaming up for this year’s Reach Higher initiative as part of the 2015 Beating the Odds Summit to promote education. The D.C. rapper will perform at the White House for over 100 students who persevered their way into college coming from homeless, special-needs, rural, urban and foster backgrounds.
“I’m beyond honored and grateful to be involved in the First Lady’s ‘Reach Higher’ initiative and to have the opportunity to sit down with her, as well as perform for the kids of D.C. I believe that the youth are the first step in creating a better country, so to be involved in a program that aims to enrich their lives is truly the greatest reward,” Wale said in a statement with Revolt. “Having grown up in Washington, D.C., being invited to the White House by the First Lady is a dream come true. Thank you to Mrs. Obama and her entire staff for this opportunity.”
The Spin: The MMG rapper is also set to participate in an E! News-moderated panel featuring FLOTUS, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and 1vyG co-founder Manuel Contreras.
It’s very honorable that hip-hoppers are not only being recognized, but also have no problem participating in such great causes. Although with rap music being a media scapegoat, I wonder what hate, if any will Wale’s attendance bring.
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