Swizz just added Ambassador to his multifaceted career…
Celebrating the new $325 million wing at Harlem Hospital, and revealing original paintings created under President Roosevelt’s Harlem Renaissance-era Works Progress Administration, Swizz touched on the importance of healthcare.
Choosing to honor Dr. John W.V. Cordice during his speech, and reflecting on the surgery he performed on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. after a failed assassination attempt (which ultimately helped save his life), Swizz shared heartfelt words while accepting the nomination to become the first-ever Global Ambassador for NYC’s public hospital’s system.
“I can honestly say tonight represents something bigger than a Grammy… bigger than selling millions of records… bigger than my wildest musical dreams,” said rapper-turned-Renaissance man Swizz Beatz (born Kasseem Dean) in his keynote address at a celebratory dinner for Harlem Hospital’s new Mural Pavilion Thursday night.
“When I go home tonight, I’m going to write in my journal… today’s date, because it marks history…”
Swizz said that he would like this new responsibility to help him show the youth today that you can be more than a rapper.
“I encourage our youth to step outside of the box that some of us may have been put in,” expressing fatigue over the many requests he gets from fans looking for advice on how to become a rapper like him. “I want to be the renaissance man for my generation to show them that there are so many more things that we can do out here to move this world to a forward-thinking place.”
Many pieces of art on display are being curated by Swizz himself and upgrades to the new six-story building include a new emergency department, a burn unit and an intensive care unit, and the hospital will expand access to preventive health services to address the community’s high rates of asthma, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, HIV/AIDS, and stroke.
That’s something anyone, celeb or not, would be proud to be a part of.
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