Honorary Degree Recipient
Erik Parker '01 is a Kean alumnus with a degree in Communication, as well as a graduate of the Columbia School of Journalism. He is the writer and producer of Time Is Illmatic, a feature length documentary film that delves deep into the making of Nas' 1994 debut album, Illmatic, and the social conditions that influenced its creation. Time Is Illmatic made its world premiere as the featured opening film of the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival.
Throughout his career, Erik Parker has brought to light some of the most revealing and important stories to the hip-hop generation. He served as Music and Senior Editors for The Source Magazine, Director of Content for music news site, SOHH.com, and Music Editor for VIBE Magazine. He has also written for XXL, Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, Latina, Glamour and MTV.com. Aside from his work as a print journalist, Parker has produced and hosted MTV Jams' "The Parker Report," a groundbreaking talk show that gathered hip-hop's leading voices to discuss issues surrounding music, culture and politics. Valued for his insight and understanding of music and culture, Parker is often called on to offer his thoughts to CNN, MSNBC, BET, MTV, VH1, Fox News and other outlets.