Less than 5 years ago you picked up the guitar.
Now you are playing live in front of millions honoring a guitar God and the King of Rock N' Roll, #ChuckBerry.
Keep playing the hell out your guitar country boy.
keep singing the fuck out your songs.
keep practicing the shit out your performances.
Keep producing the hell out your songs.
Keep caring about others.
Keep caring about the craft, man.
Keep doing the work it takes to go from good to GREAT.
Keep being humble.
And my mama was right there. Like she always is. Happy Mama's day mama. You didn't have to let me come through the time travel machine but you did. The Sacrifices you have made... I will never truly be able to understand... well maybe not until I have my own. #honorarydegreeisformymama
Yesterday was special. Honestly... I never thought I'd see the day that I'd be receiving an honorary doctorate's degree of humane letters from such a prestigious HBCU like Dillard University. Almost didn't accept out of fear and doubt; thinking I needed to be a specific type of person to receive such a high honor.
I accept this honor in the name of my family; my grandmother who was a share cropper in Mississippi, had 12 kids, and never got an opportunity to get a higher education. I accept this honor in the name of my parents who worked as janitors, post office workers, and garbage collectors serving the community PROUDLY, but never got a chance to fully pursue a higher education.
This one is for my family.
AND this is for all the young people: the artists, the protesters, the writers, the teachers, etc all striving to be better and do more for the community through your writing, through your music, through your mentoring, through the arts, & through whatever gifts you may have!
Thank you to President Walter Kimbrough, The Faculty & Board of Trustees, students, and everyone involved with making this decision. I have a lot more growing and learning to do as evolve as a student of life. I hope to make you proud.
I'm 4EvA Eva Eva proud to be a part of the Dillard University Family! With love,
Lil Dr. Monáe ;-)
"Just as time knew to move on since the beginning
And the seasons know exactly when to change
Just as kindness knows no shame
Know through all your joy and pain
That I'll be loving you always
As today I know I'm living but tomorrow
Could make me the past but that I mustn't fear
For I'll know deep in my mind
The love of me I've left behind Cause I'll be loving you always"
tbt to honoring a consummate artist, queen, and fellow black white & red ancient comrade #ReiKawakubo. Thank you for always believing in and making love to your imagination during these often cynical seasons.
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