Dr. Dre Under Fire for Giving $35 Million to USC Instead of Black Colleges

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The program is a dream come true for anyone wanting to pursue a career in any area of production. “The four-year undergraduate program aims to foster entrepreneurship and bridge entertainment, engineering, computer science, fine arts, graphic design, business and leadership training.”

But now something that he feels so passionate about is being tarnished by criticism of his donation to a school that as of fall 2012, black students only made up five percent of its student body.  Walter Kimbrough is  one of the youngest college presidents in the country at Dillard University, and is often referred to as the “Hip Hop President.”

He stopped in his tracks when he saw that Dr. Dre was donating the largest contribution of any African American to any school in the country. Not even Bill and Camille Cosby have given such a significant amount of money to one school.  So why is it that Kimbrough finds it necessary to express his concern?

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39 thoughts on “Dr. Dre Under Fire for Giving $35 Million to USC Instead of Black Colleges

  1. Many people of African descent attend USC. There is nothing wrong with Dr Dre giving money to any institution he chooses. The key word is his money. If there are those that want to give money to HBCUs let them do so.

  2. Why does it always have to come down to race? The man earned his money. It doesn’t matter what race buys his products. What does matter is he is thinking of the younger generation. I am black – proud of who I am. I was always taught that helping others is key to your own happiness. Well done Dre.

  3. Its come too this, Now we tell people when and who to giveTHEIR money too, How much did you give of your own money.

  4. Sorry but Black schools need to step up. I sent my oldest son to Prairie View in Texas. When we arrived the campus looked like something straight out the hood. Their housing program was in shambles. Kids arriving and no plan as to where they were housed and a staff with the biggest attitude who you see. He left, sent the others to KU–Rock Chalk

  5. SMW you are wrong, it;s not just only Black people telling people how to spend their money other races do it too. If you know anything about history, all race of people stick together except Black folk because of slavery and the willie lynch syndrome! It’s not about asking for a handout it’s about unity to acheive more just like the white race, latino, etc. It’s not about looking for a handout it’s about the universal law which is God’s law of giving back. I don’t think the HBUC recieve federal funds like USC and other white colleges. Some of you young people really need to research your history and become aware of what is actually happening in the world around you!

  6. OMG PEOPLE! This is just like when Oprah funded the school in Africa instead of the US! Bottom line is it is HIS money, and he can give it to whomever he WANTS TO. I am a black female who did not attend a HBCU, even though I was accepted to several, because they were out of state, and I could not afford it. Does this make me a traitor too? I am not by any means saying that HBCUs don’t deserve more assistance and recognition than what they get, but don’t attack someone, who has no loyalty to any college, because he wants to do something to enhance the institution HE chose, and the education all of the DIVERSE student population that attend there.

  7. I think Dr. Dre is still trying to buy respectability. The people he’s trying to impress children do not attend black colleges.

  8. the prez from dillard comes off as petty and trifilin. As a Prez its his job to raise funds which he has done little of. It also is to elevate the academics of the university which he has also failed at. Dillard U has an acceptance rate of over 49%. If you have a pulse you can get in. Kimbrough himself admitted he wrote an entire article “based on a blurb on my twitter feed” without actually doing any research. My cousin got accepted to Dillard visited the campus and summed it up in one word “sucked”. If Kimbrough would have done any research like actually listening to Dre’s speech he would understand Dre’s reasons which were clearly spelled out.

    Dre said he chose USC because he grew up ten minutes from campus. He wanted to provide the type of program he would have wanted to be in and wanted to give scholarship $ to those in the surrounding area which normally couldn’t afford USC. And for this we criticize him?

    Dre earned that money if he wants to light it on fire its his choice. Nobody handed him that money , he worked his ass off for it. He chose to create scholarships and a program for creativity that goes outside the norm. For a university which is the #1 minority employer in Socal and the #1 university in the state offering after school and summer programs for neighboring public schools

    I am not sure how much Dre made last year but for the sake of argument let’s say the 35 million reps around 20% of his lifetime earnings. If Kimbrough is so petty and trifilin’ he should put his $ where his mouth is and donate 20% of his paycheck to his own University or else stfu.

  9. Dr. Dre made his money, so he should be able to “give, donate” or whatever to whatever endeavor(s) he wishes. This money will benefit people of all races.

  10. Another stupid sell-out…This is what happems when you have a person with no talent get fame and fortune on the backs of “samples” from other musicians…All that talk was nothing but BS…

    • so sorry you feel that way…guess you actually do not know “jack”
      Unity has nothing to do with it. Why should Dr. Dre – or anyone else for that matter – give their $$ to an HBCU or any other university they? Ok, yes that was a cheap shot, but more at you jack than at the HBCU’s. have no ties to or do not see themselves aligned with the mission and vision of??

      Let’s try this, since you want to name call Mr. Idiot: how about you go out, write a few rap tunes or whatever it is that those who don’t know jack do, gain some notoriety, make a boatload of money, make a few investments and then donate your dollars to whichever HBCU you want and then you won’t have to worry about what Dr. Dre is doing. Will that make you happy or are you expecting Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine to write you a personal check??

  11. To those who say that Dr. Dre made his money on the backs of the black community, I would venture to say that any marketing and sales person in the music industry will tell you that the vast majority of the buying public for Dr. Dre’s music was not the black community. There just aren’t enough black people in the country to buy his CDs, buy his merchandise, go to his concerts, buy his headphones, etc. enough to allow him to make that kind of money. I’m not sayin’…I’m just sayin…

  12. I am truly disturbed by some of these comments. It is shameful how soon we forget. HBCUs, one of which I am a proud graduate, were the only schools where we could be educated….not that long ago, either. The majority of Black lawyers, doctors, engineers are to this day educated at HBCUs. To you who chose to attend majority white universities – more power to you – but let’s not trivialize the importance of HBCUs. USC is glad to have the donation, although USC does not need it as much as some of our HBCUs. I’m appalled at Dr Dre and his decision to give that money to USC. He should be ashamed. He could have, at least, given a portion of the 35 mil to an HBCU.

  13. Ummm…is may just be me, but I cannot believe that in this day and age people are still up in arms about who does what with what THEY earned?!?! And why is it that black folks/African Americans (yes, I’m black) still expect everyone to solve our problems instead of making strides ourselves?
    Dr. Dre and his business partner Jimmy Iovine decided to use their resources ($$) to launch a program for ANY student who wants to be successful in the field of Production – The program is a dream come true for anyone wanting to pursue a career in any area of production. “The four-year undergraduate program aims to foster entrepreneurship and bridge entertainment, engineering, computer science, fine arts, graphic design, business and leadership training.” Again, this program is for ANY student with the aptitude to apply and get in.
    That being said (to quote my son), everyone else who wishes to support HBCU’s can do so with their own money or go kick rocks. USC is close to his roots so he chose to support them. Great Job Dr. Dre, keep up the good work! I will continue to support Ball State University and DePaul University for as long as I am able to do so.

      • so sorry you feel that way…guess you actually do not know “jack”
        Unity has nothing to do with it. Why should Dr. Dre – or anyone else for that matter – give their $$ to an HBCU or any other university they? Ok, yes that was a cheap shot, but more at you jack than at the HBCU’s. have no ties to or do not see themselves aligned with the mission and vision of??
        Let’s try this, since you want to name call Mr. Idiot: how about you go out, write a few rap tunes or whatever it is that those who don’t know jack do, gain some notoriety, make a boatload of money, make a few investments and then donate your dollars to whichever HBCU you want and then you won’t have to worry about what Dr. Dre is doing. Will that make you happy or are you expecting Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine to write you a personal check??

  14. That man can donate his -keyword money to whoever he wants to !!! He is not the Godfather of HBCU’s students and it is not his responsibility to pay for that school or any other . Ungrateful ,broke people are always complaining about someone else’s money. Educate your own kids. I did mine.

  15. Yes, I do remember our ancestors fought for our rights to attend any school. I also remember when George Wallace stood in front of Alabama University inorder to keep us out. It was a time when we could only attend HBUs. Dr. Dre. made his wealth out the pockets of black community. It is only fair that he give back. Some of the comments stating that he could do anything he would like with his money is correct. However until Donald Trump and other big money starts sharing the wealth with HBUs lets learn to love and give to the black colleges. By reading some of the comments, it shows that our young people really needs a reality check. You have forgotten the struggle is still alive

  16. To these people here who think he did a bad thing, have YOU ever donated money to a HBCU or other similar schools? Dre earned his money so he can do whatever he wants with it. You want him to not have that money to donate to USC, then don’t buy his products. You idiots buy his products and then EXPECT him to donate money wherever YOU want him to donate. How about you make as much money as him and then you can bitch about where celebrities money go to.

  17. It’s all about if I knew then what I know now. If you believe he did the right thing then fine keep believing that we are equal also. Those shade that you’re wearing must be blocking out the sun really well. I’m sorry my family fought for your rights to be free I apologize

  18. Too often we give African American celebrities and athletes a pass just because they’re African American. We must begin to hold them accountable particularly when they earn most of their wealth on the backs of Black America!! This is shameful!!

    • How do you expect to hold someone accountable over a choices “they” make, with the money “they” earned? Where is it written that you have to give back to the black community, just becasue your black?

      • Do you see other cultures running away form their heritage…Why are we ashamed to help each other …And after all we have been through it is our duty to give back to the community..This is why we are in the state we are in …Too many of us are still looking for the white man’s apptoval and are afriad to unite with their own people….Just stupid…

  19. I feel the Dr. Dre should be able to give his money where ever he likes, after all it is his money! And keep in mind not all blacks attend HBCU’s so his money could help some black people attending USC. If you are really concerned about money being donated to HBCU’s donate some yourself…I do!

  20. Stop h8tin’. How much do black folks spend EACH YEAR on hip hop, head phones and hair weaves? Huh. Now shut the **** up. I had someone complain to me because I donated to “the white man” (Planned Parenthood) instead of their cousin’s chump-*** charity I never heard of until that moment. Do what you want to Dre.

  21. To all of you who think that he did the right thing remember our ancestors who fought for our rights to go to any school. Then think about the only schools that allowed us to go to them in the beginning. The USC’s of America weren’t made for us so you SHOULD help your people because no one helped us before without some sort of benefit in it for them. Just look at the history of the women’s movement after slavery. Bottom line is that he did a bad bad thing.

  22. Yes he is free to give money to whom he please, however, if he is “givng back”, that is the another issue. Giving back implies returning money from whence it came. Who supported him when he launched his career? Who vilified him and other rappers? Where are the majority of those fans who supported him (or chilldren of said fans) at USC? i think not.

  23. Free country. Now, these type of guys should consider creating jobs for All Americans with these hefty donations. They’re just tax write-offs..so why not use it where you can see some ROI in our lifetime. Feed The Need — and our largest Need is for JOBS! Dah..Just Do It Right!!!!

  24. It is his money and he should be able to donate it to whatever university he wants to. Has USC become all white all of a sudden or do minorities still attend. I am black and I graduated from a predominately white university. I still support my alma mater financially, not on the scale of Dr. Dre of course, but I still give back.

  25. I’m confused. I thought we lived in a Country that you can give your money to whom you choose. What because Dr. Dre happens to be black that there is some written rule that says, if you are a successful black you must give to a black university and or college? I say ——–. Who ever has a issue with what Dr. Dre. should do with his money, make some yourself, and you can give it to the school in Dr.Dres name. You see problem solved..

    • I agree. Why is it that black people are the only ones who are always trying to tell someone how to spend their pocketbook? Are there not any black students at USC? There’s is nothing wrong with what he did. I second what everyone else said. Dr. Dre is not responsible for reviving black institutions. USC is close to his humble beginnings, so why shouldn’t he give back to a school that is in his area.

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