Filipino-American biotech researcher turned rapper and music producer Ruby Ibarra has been named a recipient of the Vilcek Prize 2023 for creative promise in music by the Vilcek Foundation.
Ibarra is recognized for her “personal and evocative hip-hop and spoken word performances that center her experiences as a Filipina American woman and as an immigrant growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, and for her powerful lyrics that address colonialism, immigration, colorism, and misogyny.”
Vilcek awards for creative promises “honor[s] immigrant professionals whose early-career work demonstrates exceptional innovation or represents a significant contribution to their field.” The three recipients will each receive a cash prize of $50,000.
In a 2021 profile from the US-based show TODAY, the rapper, scientist and activist shares his work in the biotech industry to find a cure for COVID-19 at the height of the pandemic. She is also the co-founder of the Pinays Rising Scholarship program, which was inspired by her hit single, “Us,” and “provides $500 scholarships to empower Filipinos and Filipino youth pursuing higher education. Since its establishment, Pinays Rising has awarded more than 30 scholarships every year to young students and activists.”
The Vilcek Awards for Creative Promise honor immigrant professionals whose early-career work demonstrates exceptional innovation or represents a significant contribution to their field. Prize winners will each receive a cash prize of $50,000.
The Vilcek Foundation was established in the year 2000 to raise awareness of the contributions of immigrants to the United States and to promote appreciation of the arts and sciences.
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