Aspiring Artist Finds Affirmation Through Kennedy Center Internship

Taequann Davidson

For aspiring musical artist Taequann Davidson ’18, it was a defining moment in his internship when the stars aligned for his personal and professional goals. As the music world weighed in that LL Cool J would make history as the first rap musician to be saluted at the Kennedy Center Honors, Davidson saw a brighter future for his career goals.

Having spent four months interning at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Davidson was pleased that the prestigious institution would affirm his preferred genre of music. The passionate singer-songwriter, who hails from Washington, D.C., aims to meld his interest in hip-hop music with a career in arts management and entrepreneurship, his BW major.


“My internship at the Kennedy Center was the opportunity of a lifetime,” he noted. “I was granted the opportunity to be the first BW arts management and entrepreneurship major to intern there.

“As a programming intern, I worked with the daily Millennium Stage shows that feature talent from all over the world. When I learned that the acclaimed Kennedy Center is honoring the career of eminent hip-hop artist LL Cool J, it reinforced a message to me that hip-hop music has an ever-growing impact on our society as an art form,” he said.

“Like many students, there are days when I struggle with the hardships placed before me in my career pursuit,” he admitted. “But I remember the support of family and BW friends who have encouraged me to become a leader who can change the world.”

by Joyce DeGirolamo