GRAMMY®-nominated and acclaimed hip-hop artist Cordae Amari Dunston is collaborating with Disney Dreamers Academy, and ESPN’s The Undefeated to award scholarships to youth from underrepresented communities attending historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs).
Cordae is also a featured artist on Liberated / Music For The Movement Volume 3 which was released Friday. On the compilation project, Cordae collaborates with GRAMMY®—and Academy Award®-winner Common, on the song, “What’s Life.” The musical selection is a celebration of what’s really important in life—family, friends, loved ones, chasing dreams, having goals, and living life to its fullest potential. Since having dreams and achieving goals are imperative to Cordae and his vision, he wanted to make sure he was able to fund the aforementioned scholarships.
“So many people need the money more than I do. I feel as though when you’re in such a blessed position, it’s important to pay that forward to be a blessing to others. It’s especially important to me to invest in our youth and the future. Young people are the future of our society and the world, so we must do all we can to ensure they are properly positioned to succeed. If I can spark the brain of a few future world leaders and geniuses, I’ll die a happy man, says Cordae in a written statement.”
Cordae immediately decided to donate his proceeds from the album release to help fund the scholarships. In a kind gesture, when ESPN’s The Undefeated and Disney Dreamers Academy found out about Cordae’s intention of donating his recording fees to fund scholarships for HBCU students, both The Undefeated and Disney Dreamers Academy matched Cordae’s donation.
Cordae will make an appearance on Friday’s episode of Stephen A’s World which airs on ESPN+. In celebration of the newly signed federal holiday, Juneteeth, Cordae will be performing “What’s Life” and presenting an award at ESPN’s Sports Humanitarian Awards.