The wins continue to pile up for Kasseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean; this after the producer and artist was named as the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation's (HHC) global ambassador on Wednesday. Yesterday evening, Ambassador Beatz spoke for the first time in his new HHC role at the opening of the Mural Pavilion at Harlem Hospital–showing incredible humility while addressing attendees at the fundraising event.
The Bronx-born Beatz, decked out in business attire, took the podium and was seemingly struck by a moment of sincerity and humility. He was candid in speaking about not only his humble beginnings and bouts with poverty, but also how he remains motivated to excel despite his surroundings. Swizz Beatz also seized the moment to educate the youth on having an appreciation for the arts and chatted up the Mural Pavilion's important role in that process.
“Let's introduce them to something that's right in the neighborhood that they can come and get inspired,” said Beatz about the Pavilion, part of a $325 million rehabilitation of Harlem Hospital.
Swizz continued with, ““I know many people that came to this hospital for the wrong reasons. But now, to be able to come to this hospital and see all this inspiration, it can change the dynamic on Harlem Hospital. It gives people hope.”
Along with the pavilion, which will feature preserved murals by several Black artists, the six-story hospital gained a new emergency department, a burn unit, and will expand its health services locally. Swizz Beatz also promises to host events in the new space as its curator, and hopefully feature his own works.
Watch Swizz Beatz's speech below:
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