Rep. Jackson Lee explains how Megan Thee Stallion was “hired” to graduate, why she honored the star with the “Hero” award

With his massive fame, dedication to education, ability to make hits, and philanthropy, Megan you stallion is certainly the pride of Houston. The recent college graduate “Hot Girl” was back in her hometown this past weekend to receive the 18th Congressional District Hero Award from the U.S. Representative. Sheila jackson lee, which represents Megan’s hometown.

US Representative Sheila Jackson Lee and Musical Artist Megan Thee Stallion. (Photo: Getty Images / Megan Thee Stallion via Instagram)

The GrioWhite House Correspondent and DC Bureau Chief April D. Ryan spoke with the Texas MP after Sunday’s ceremony, which took place a day after the start of fall 2021 for Texas Southern University, where Megan “Thee Stallion” Pete received her Bachelor of Business Administration from health.

Jackson Lee shared with Ryan the details of the weekend and the significance of Texas Southern’s legacy as HBCU and how she was involved in celebrating the Class of 2021.

“It is a historic school born from segregation. He was born in the state of Texas because then black people – people of color – couldn’t go to the University of Texas, and it was called Negro College. But look at her (Texas Southern) now – she’s 94, ”said Jackson Lee. leGrio.

Jackson Lee said she spoke with the hip-hop star on the morning of the graduation ceremony and delivered remarks at the afternoon session where Megan Thee Stallion graduated .

“It was a weekend of double rewards for [Megan]. The excitement of graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree, which in itself is a big statement, and the day after the 18th Congressional District Hero Award was presented, ”added Jackson Lee.

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Ryan noted that Megan’s dedication to her studies while being one of the greatest artists of her time is an inspiration to young people. Jackson Lee said the rapper and savvy businesswoman juggles education and her career with determined focus.

“Not only did she graduate, but she would regularly call her teachers to let them know how committed she was,” said Jackson Lee. “She was online in the midst of all these various music awards, traveling the world and being a businesswoman.”

Jackson Lee continued, “She was calling professors as Megan Pete to make sure she would be able to graduate, and I was following that. She is a product of South Park, TX, which is in my congressional district, and she’s a product of her mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.They helped raise her, and she is a human being formed by their education and love. and what people need to know that in her heart she is a servant.

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(Photo: Megan Thee Stallion via Instagram)

Megan’s service and donations to the less fortunate have been well documented, including setting up scholarship funds, providing financial aid to an assisted living facility in her hometown, funding initiatives for growing young entrepreneurs and much more. Throughout the sultry image that Megan presents through her character as a rapper, she has consistently promoted the value of higher education and being a “boss” on her own terms.

The conversation has shifted to a growing problem on the national front today, the fight against student debt. An estimated $ 1.7 trillion is owed in student loans by US graduates. According to a report by Education Data Initiative, black graduates owe $ 25,000 more than white graduates. This study also found that black students are more likely to struggle to repay their debt with monthly payments exceeding $ 350 and more per month.

Representative Sheila Jackson Lee

MP Jackson Lee addressed the issue, citing that the President Joe bidenThe Build Back Better plan is one mechanism to put student debt on the back burner for black Americans.

“On the student loan debt emergency, we must tackle it in 2022. We are obviously doing a little [via the] Rebuild better with the increase in the amount of Pell grants, which contrast with heavy loans from banking institutions and private lenders, ”explained Jackson Lee.

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Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) delivers remarks during the opening of the Juneteenth Legacy Project mural commemorating the end of slavery in the United States on June 19, 2021 in Galveston, Texas. (Photo by Go Nakamura / Getty Images)

The MP added, “We have to be able to find a way to reduce student debt to forgive it, pay it off so that people can really contribute to America’s economic engine. And that’s what young people will be.

Jackson Lee went on to mention Megan Thee Stallion’s ambition to open assisted living facilities across the country while saying she has the means to do so, but hopes her example inspires other aspiring entrepreneurs to follow. his stubborn example.

Jackson Lee has said that student loan debt is a monumental problem and that the Biden-Harris administration, along with several members of the Congress body, is committed to tackling legislation to reduce student loan debt, especially as a person who has also benefited from a university loan. himself.

April D. Ryan of TheGrio contributed to this report.

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