Rapper, Bow Wow and Hip-hop/R&B producer Jermaine Dupri have been awarded the ‘Spirit of Detroit Award’.
They were awarded for their community service, stressing the importance of education and inspiring young people in the city to achieve greatness.
Accepting the award, Bow Wow said:
“First off, I want to say thank you to the City of Detroit and council member, Ms Sheffield for this wonderful acknowledgement with the Spirit award. I have never been the type to brag about what I do for children or the community because I’m not looking for recognition. It’s amazing how the media writes all these stories but yet fail to realize just how much good I do. I FAILED to realize that my antics must stop. Sometimes I forget there are still people who look up to me or I inspire. I lost track of that. When I got this award, it reminded me to get it together, stay positive and lead by example. Thank you. I’m truly honored by this. I want to make Shai and my mom proud. PERIOD! #SOSOSUMMER17”
Detroit City Council woman, Mary Sheffield noted that:
“Oftentimes we only see one side of hip hop or one side of the artist, but we don’t see the side where you’re giving back to the community.”
Written by Clement Oluwasegun