Out of Charity Event After Students Protest
The women of Spelman College are so outraged by his portrayal
of women in his videos they don't even want his help with bone
The prestigious Atlanta based college has pressured Nelly and
his foundation, 4 Sho 4 Kids, to cancel a bone-marrow drive on
campus, reports MTV.
When it was announced that Nelly's foundation was sponsoring the
drive and he would make an appearance on campus today, several
students raised objections, according to Vice President of Student
Affairs Dr. Zenobia Hikes.
"Spelman is concerned about the negative images of women
in popular culture," Hikes explained, "particularly
the misogynistic lyrics and images that constantly portray women
in a sexual nature."
But Spelman isn't alone. Their brothers across the way at Morehouse
support their sisters and was in the process of organizing a demonstration
on campus. But, when word got to Nelly's foundation, Hikes said,
it canceled the bone-marrow drive.
Students at both colleges are outraged by an unrated video for
Nelly's song "Tip Drill," which bears a scene where
the rapper is swiping his credit card down a woman's behind.
is an all-female college enrolling about 2,200 students. The curriculum
features some classes that profile hip hop, popular culture and
its portrayal of Black women.
“Every time I see it, I just get really, really upset,”
said student Moya Bailey. “Even the idea that they’re
making money from this, the amount of money they’re making
is not comparable to like being degraded in this manner.”
With the need for bone marrow being so great within the minority
community this is a massive statement.
Finding a bone-marrow match is a time consuming and costly search
for people battling different diseases including Leukemia, Sickle
Cell Disease, Hodgkin’s Disease and different forms of cancer.
Nelly has been trying to raise awareness of the need for marrow
and blood-stem-cell donors among minorities since last summer,
when his sister, Jackie Donahue, was diagnosed with Leukemia.
His spokesperson for the foundation could not be reached for comment.
at Spelman said they were still very interested in sponsoring
a bone marrow drive. They said they were talking with agencies
such as the Red Cross to plan an event.