Jay-Z to Be Feted With President's Award at 2019 NAACP Image Awards

NAACP President Derrick Johnson explains in the press release that the 'Empire State of Mind' hitmaker is being recognized for his social and political advocacy work for the black community.

AceShowbiz - Hip-hop mogul Jay-Z is set to be saluted with a top prize at the 2019 NAACP Image Awards.

The "Empire State of Mind" hitmaker, real name Shawn Carter, will be presented with the President's Award at the Los Angeles ceremony on Saturday, March 30 in recognition of his social and political advocacy work.

"The President's Award is an honour we carefully bestow upon an individual, maintaining its significance and commitment to recognising excellence in service that directly affects our community," NAACP President Derrick Johnson shares in a press release.

"Shawn Carter has been committed to shedding light on the issues that plague the black community, including systematic racism and unjust treatment under the law, utilising his global platform to create everlasting change."

"There is no better time than now, as we celebrate our 50th year, to honour him with this award."

Jay-Z will join the ranks of Muhammad Ali, John Legend, Spike Lee, Lauryn Hill and Danny Glover, who was presented with the accolade at the civil rights organisation's 2018 prizegiving.

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