Hip hop producer Patrick Douthit (aka: 9th Wonder) will speak at Cape Fear Community College on Monday, March 21 at 7:00 p.m. as the featured speaker at the Minority Mentoring Initiative Coastal Empowerment Conference. The event will be held at CFCC’s BB&T auditorium in the McKeithan Center at the North Campus in Castle Hayne.
Douthit will speak about how to empower minority males to overcome adversity to obtain academic, social and economic growth.
Born Patrick Douthit in Winston-Salem, N.C., 9th Wonder is a Grammy Award–winning producer, DJ, college lecturer, and social activist. He has produced songs for artists including Jay-Z, Destiny’s Child, Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu, Ludacris, Common, Drake, and David Banner. In spring 2010, 9th Wonder taught a class at Duke University alongside Professor Mark Anthony Neal entitled Sampling Soul, as well as a hip-hop history course entitled A Retrospect: 1968 – 1997, at Barber Scotia College in Concord, North Carolina. He is also the NAACP’s National Ambassador for Hip Hop Relations and Popular Culture.
The event is sponsored by the Minority Male Mentoring programs at CFCC, Brunswick Community College and Bladen Community College.
Admission is free, but seating is limited. For more information call Travis Corpening at (910) 362-7604.
The Minority Male Mentoring Initiative (3MI) is a program that is focused on increasing collegiate minority male retention and graduation. This initiative is a part of the North Carolina Community College Minority Male Mentoring Program is which is designed to support the educational and professional aspirations of minority males in the Community College System.
The objectives of this program are to help minority male students accomplish the following:
- Develop and enhance a sense of identity
- Become familiar with campus resources and use them as needed academically
- Become active members of the college and campus community
- Articulate a sense of purpose about being in college and pursuing goals relative to their program of study
- Acquire the skills needed to become leaders and lifelong learners.
- Graduate and seamlessly transition from community college programs to 4-year college and university programs