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Ludacris Heads to College, Will Serve as Artist-In-Residence for Georgia State University

Claudine Varela
Oct 19, 2019
10:30 A.M.
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Ludacris' extensive knowledge about entertainment, entrepreneurship, and business made him the perfect choice for the job according to the creative director of GSU's Creative Media Industries Institute.

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Students of Georgia State University will soon benefit from the expertise of Ludacris who’ll be returning to the institution he formerly attended.

“Chris is an incredibly talented artist and has so much industry knowledge to share...”

Multi-talented performer Ludacris at the red carpet screening of "The Fate of the Furious" in 2017. | Photo: Getty Images

Multi-talented performer Ludacris at the red carpet screening of "The Fate of the Furious" in 2017. | Photo: Getty Images

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According to the university’s website, the entertainer born Chris Bridges will be joining their team as an artist-in-residence of its Creative Media Industries Institute (CMII). The institute is responsible for honing its students towards non-traditional careers in the entertainment field.

"...I couldn’t imagine a better place to work with students than CMII.”

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Ludacris’ appointment was made in consideration of his extensive knowledge about entrepreneurship in the film and music industries. CMII Executive Director Brennen Decker says he’s looking forward to what students can learn from the talented rapper/actor.

“Chris is an incredibly talented artist and has so much industry knowledge to share,” he explains. “We are excited to see how our students, and really the entire institute, will benefit from this great new partnership.”

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Ludacris’ resume spans entertainment, business, and entrepreneurship. Apart from being a successful musician who’s sold more than 20 million records worldwide, he also appeared in the blockbuster film franchise, “The Fast and the Future” and is an actor in the television series, “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit.”

As a businessman and entrepreneur, he executive produced and hosted the TV show, “Fear Factor” for three seasons and founded the record label, Disturbing tha’ Peace. He recently opened a restaurant in Jackson Atlanta Airport known as Chicken + Beer.

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Moreover, his The Ludacris Foundation established in 2001 has been named as one of the 20 leading philanthropic organizations by Black Enterprise magazine for its efforts in funding youth-focused projects and disaster response initiatives.

In response to the announcement of his appointment at GSU, the father-of-three expressed his pride in serving his former college.

“Georgia State is one of the most innovative and diverse universities in the country. I couldn’t imagine a better place to work with students than CMII.”

Ludacris will be working closely with CMII’s professors and mentoring its students in the fall semester.

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