Atlanta-bred rapper T.I. tragically lost his sister Precious Harris in February, but he is turning his pain into something positive and ensuring that her legacy is kept alive through the creation of a scholarship fund. According to NBC News T.I.—whose real name is Clifford Harris—recently awarded a college student with $25,000 to put towards her education.
The Precious Chapman Scholarship is a collaborative effort between Harris, the United Negro College Fund, and VH1. Tierani Scott—a college junior who attends Philander Smith College in Arkansas—was awarded with the scholarship during VH1’s Dear Mama: A Love Letter to Mom special. Scott, who is a single mother, exudes excellence academically and in her personal life. She serves as the president of her class, has an outstanding grade point average, and leads a group called Queen Women’s Empowerment Organization all while balancing motherhood. She majors in sociology.
Harris said that he wanted to select a recipient who embodied the same values as his late sister. “This year’s recipient is like my beloved sister,” he said. “It is our hope that this scholarship will help her continue on her path to do great things in her future.” Philanthropy is nothing new to Harris. He has continually utilized his platform as an avenue to give back. In April he teamed up with Scrapp Deleon and the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church to bail out non-violent offenders in time for Easter. Earlier this year he was honored by the Georgia Senate for his dedication to bettering the Atlanta community.
“So many times, our answer to fixing things is “I’m gonna make some money and leave all these people behind.” There’s rarely an intent to get rich and make where you came from better for generations to come,” he said in an interview with Inc. “It’s extremely ambitious, but I’ve worked myself to a place where I should be the one leading the charge. In my mind, that’s what it means to be king.”
Honoring Mothers Of The Movement For Black Lives
1. Wanda Cooper-Jones, Ahmaud Arbery's mother
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"Ahmaud didn't deserve to go the way that he went."— ABC News (@ABC) May 7, 2020
Mother of Ahmaud Arbery, an unarmed black man killed in Georgia in an incident that has sparked national outrage, speaks out to @GMA: https://t.co/kpyzWICBWO pic.twitter.com/Yz8bRE5Cav
2. Sean Reed's mother
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Mother and father of #SeanReed speaking to IMPD chief. He offers little to no answers even though you can hear the parents begging and the mother is in hysterics. Police chief up and leave with uncertainty in the air. Can you believe this?😤 #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/IKN7CpREsM— Childish GamReno (@TheCh1pSkylark) May 7, 2020
3. Gwen Carr
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“My family has been waiting, suffering for five years while NYPD Officer Pantaleo’s lawyers tried every trick in th book to prevent this disciplinary trial from going forward. I’m happy for today’s decision, but I expect a long fight ahead,” Gwen Carr, #EricGarner’s mother. pic.twitter.com/nY1Oxm9TTQ— CPR #EndPoliceSecrecy - Change the NYPD (@changethenypd) May 9, 2019
4. Sybrina Fulton4 of 11
5. Maria Hamilton5 of 11
6. Wanda Johnson
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Oscar Grant’s mother Wanda Johnson stands firm on call for station renaming: Grant Fruitvale Station pic.twitter.com/8cJ8AbwMQN— Rachel Swan (@rachelswan) January 1, 2019
7. Lucy McBath
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I don't want an apology from the NRA. I want their organization to stop putting profits over public safety.— Lucy McBath (@lucymcbath) May 7, 2019
⁰We will keep fighting for common sense laws until our families are safe.
Stand with me if you agree it’s time we do something about it. ⬇️https://t.co/jusIb9YJD6 pic.twitter.com/Pl9vN7xjOz
8. Lesley McSpadden
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Lesley McSpadden, the mother of Mike Brown Jr honored me with taking her photos. During the shoot, I asked her if she would feel comfortable taking a photo at the spot where her son laid. She hesitated but said yes.— Ohun Ashe 🌻🌼🌞 (@Ohun_Ashe) March 21, 2019
So here she is, through all of that pain, still standing. pic.twitter.com/cBXBUHz2dU
9. April Pipkins
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Sybrina Fulton, #TrayvonMartin’s mom, offered words of encouragement and support to April Pipkins, E.J. Bradford’s mom, on the day their family found out the officer who shot and killed Bradford was cleared of any wrongdoing.— Jamiese Price (@ThePriceReport) February 6, 2019
Today would have been Trayvon’s 24th Birthday. pic.twitter.com/d7tMQBFd6c