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  • Liz Dwyer

    The students seemed to love him, but I've read a few places snarking on his participation. What do you think--is he adding anything really of benefit?

    • Elaine-Solema Concepcion

      There seems to be an emerging hip hop [mogul] brand trend

      Pretty cool that through their own unique circumstances and cultural influence allows them to add Harvard to the resume -- engaging with a diverse and capable group of bright minds about causes and solutions they believe in -- while broadening their scope of understanding and vision.

      How wonderful that they add to their fans aspirational musings along the way

      And because of these choices to think and connect differently, we're talking about it, here. Could they possibly become transcendent influencers in the context of history? Will they represent something more than being of the time of the first African American President? Could their impact be so much more? In so many ways hip hop has courted and identified with the hearts of a global audience who felt impassioned to voice their digital opinions to their American friends on the first African American Presidential vote. But how will they be remembered, because they will be remembered. Will they have advanced the whims and the issues that were important to them. Will there be a future generation altered onto a new path of Innovators that will attribute their innovations to those very moments

      I think there's much benefit and opportunity..

      #smart-marketing #GOOD all around #build on hip hop tradition

    • Ben Goldhirsh

      I think the focus and smarts he brings is awesome. And I think it's cool to see him reflecting spotlight onto design. But I also think it's beat to say "we’re led by the least noble, the least dignified, the least tasteful, the dumbest, and the most political", as I think this a) distracts from what the discussion is and b) is incorrect given a lot of badass people who bring all their effort to the political sphere. Anyhow, I'm sure he'd agree on the quality of many so I don't mean to pick on words, but I just get defensive when I feet like talking shit from the sideline gets ahead of productive or constructive dialog. Kind of a pet peeve of mine at the moment.

      • Gregory Wilson

        Kanye west is absolutely disrespectful. His statements about how this country is lead by the dumbest , and most political was a subliminal message towards Barack Obama. I do not think we need to compare Barack Obama to Kanye West, but all I am going to say : Kanye West should pay homage , Kanye should not say anything invective towards or about Barack Obama.

        • Alessandra Rizzotti

          While he spotlighted design, I do think that his political message was unnecessary and in the end, he didn't necessarily inspire the students. Having celebrities make appearances in school seems like such a strange thing- like James Franco or Natasha Lyonne teaching classes for example. What is the point of that? Does it really add to the education students are getting? In my opinion it's not beneficial unless they're tying students to real-life job opportunities and work. In my opinion, celebs should remain faces for causes they care about to push fans who wouldn't normally make change towards actually doing things. Or- do you think that's even effective?