The Canadian artist dropped out of Toronto’s Forest Hill Collegiate Institute when he booked a plum role on the television show “Degrassi: The Next Generation.”
He went on to pursue his love of music and is scheduled to stage his third annual Ovo Festival in his native Toronto this weekend. But once it’s over, Drake says he’ll throw himself into studying for his high school diploma.
“I’m actually spending my summer graduating high school. That’s my main focus after Ovo Fest,” he said. “I only have one (college) credit left (to complete), and I’m really excited about that.”
Meanwhile, Drake has dismissed rumors of a rift with his record label boss Lil Wayne and his Young Money Entertainment crew.
Taking to Twitter.com, he writes, “Despite what your daily dose of bulls**t may lead you to believe, I am forever about this Young Money team.”
Beyonce was spotted leaving her NYC apartment with her baby, Blue Ivy, on April 17, 2012
*Paps caught Beyonce leaving an alternative education school in New York on Wednesday, sparking buzz that the singer may be trying to continue her education.
The new mom was spotted entering the West 35th Street Alternative Education Complex with a laptop.
Bey reportedly left high school at age 14 to pursue her career, and although she received tutoring, it is not known if she ever received her high school diploma. The facility she visited offers GED tests.
Beyonce, who grew up in Houston, has previously said she felt she missed out on some of her teenage years because she left school so early.
”Socially I did miss out. I left school at 14 and had a tutor,” she said. “I was never exposed to people long enough to make friends so my family became my friends.”
*Incarcerated rapper Ja Rule has made good use of his time behind bars in New York – he’s earned his high school diploma.
The artist, real name Jeffrey Atkins, began serving a two-year prison sentence on weapons and tax evasion charges in June. He dropped out of high school as a teenager to pursue his rap career, but he has now finally received his equivalency degree after passing his GED exam.
Ja Rule says he got a little help with his studies from a fellow inmate – Dennis Kozlowski, a college-educated former business CEO.
“I was studying for my GED and Koz came in and talked to me and said, ‘If you need any help, let me know.’ Outside (of prison), you don’t meet guys like this every day. This place is amazing,” Atkins tells the New York Daily News.
The star, who is due to walk free in June 2013, is now looking to further his studies – he plans to begin taking college courses later this month.
*The Washington Post is reporting that Mary J. Blige’s recent announcement of being accepted into Howard University caught the school off guard — because it’s not true.
On July 2, Blige was filming a Central Park concert for “Good Morning America” when she revealed her big news during a commercial break: “I never got the chance to graduate from high school, but they gave me my honorary diploma the other day … And I got accepted into Howard University for the class of 2014,” she said. [See footage below.]
TV cameras weren’t rolling, but cell phones in the crowd captured the moment and it was posted online. The singer made a similar comment in an interview published in the New Orleans Times-Picayune the following day.
By Tuesday, video of Mary’s announcement was all over the Internet — but according to the Post blog Reliable Source, Howard found out about it the same time everyone else did…
Early Tuesday, a rep for the school declined to address Blige’s prospects at the school, noting that information about applicants and admissions is confidential. By late in the day, the university put out a statement suggesting Blige’s comments may have been somewhat premature.
They were kind about it, though, praising her “resilience and dedication” to her craft: “We encourage Ms. Blige to continue her studies and welcome her consideration of Howard University in the future. We are happy to work with Ms. Blige on completing the formal process for admission.”
A manager for Blige disputed that the singer meant to say she had been accepted.
Blige (who, as it happens, is promoting a new fragrance line these days) has taken a strong interest in education lately. Last week, she spoke at the graduation for an all-girls public school in the Bronx; she also held a fundraiser to sponsor scholarships for its top students. Earlier in June, she was the guest at an NYC schools ceremony honoring grads who beat the odds to claim their diplomas.