Earlier this week Jay-ZÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s philanthropic efforts were recognized in a private New York ceremony, as the mogul received a special humanitarian award from the United Nations.
The esteemed distinction was bestowed by actor and host Michael Douglas for the rapperÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s extensive work over the past two years raising funds and organizing awareness of the world water crisis.
According to reports, a child dies every 15 seconds from not having adequate drinking water.
In 2006, Jay embarked on a worldwide tour to bring awareness to the water epidemic.
The effort culminated with a MTV diary chronicling the tour and the mogul creating over 1,000 water pumps in African communities.
Now a staple contributor to social issues in his veteran Hip-Hop years, Jay reasons that as a worldwide human family people have to stop looking to others for community responsibility and take initiative to combat societal issues.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“If you bring awareness to young people, theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re going to see and want to be involved,Ã¢â‚¬Â Jay-Z stated. Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not a politician; IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m just a regular person with a heart. If you see a problem like that and do nothing about it, thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s something wrong with you.Ã¢â‚¬Â
At press time Jay-Z is prepping his final Def Jam and eleventh studio album Blueprint 3 for a December 2 release.