Singer-actor and “America’s Got Talent” host Nick Cannon, who played a college freshman in the 2002 film “Drumline,” is going to school for real.
“YOU KNOW!!!!! … My First Day as a Freshman!!! Howard University Class of 2020 @ Howard…,” he tweeted over the weekend, with the hashtag “#HU2020” and a link to an Instagram image of himself at the entrance of the historically black college in Washington, D.C. The venerable institution tweeted back within an hour, “Nick Cannon welcome to Howard U!!”
Cannon, 35, who is separated from singer and Long Island native Mariah Carey, added in a video rap posted on Facebook that wealth can be a trap with its own disadvantages, and that “Now you can catch me up at Howard, gettin’ my college degree. Shouts out to DC….”
Fellow comic Orlando Jones responded as well tweeting, “Just remember Nick Cannon ‘You’re on time if you’re 5 minutes earlier, You’re late if you’re on time!’ #OneBandOneSound PS — Congrats.” Cannon replied to him, “Ha!! My man!!!”
On Monday, Cannon followed up with four tweets each linking to an Instagram graphic of a famous quote. The first, “Education is power, knowledge is wealth,” is attributed to former political prisoner Chia Thye Poh, known as Asia’s Nelson Mandela and shortlisted for the Nobel Peace Prize. The next, “Knowledge is better than wealth because it protects you, while you have to protect wealth,” is attributed to Iman Alī ibn Abī Ṭālib, cousin and son-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad. The last two words sometimes are transliterated from the original Arabic as “guard wealth.”
Following this, “If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest,” attributed to founding father Benjamin Franklin.
The string posts concludes with one of Nelson Mandela’s most famous quotes, “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world,” reportedly delivered during a speech at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, on July 16, 2003.
In “Drumline,” Cannon played Devon Miles, a drummer from Harlem attending the fictitious Atlanta A&T University.