Posts Tagged ‘John Legend’

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John Legend vs Teachers

March 4, 2010

“Men of Color and Education: A Discussion on the Pursuit of Excellence,” a special event on behalf of Teach For America’s Community Speaker Series. The two-hour discussion, moderated by David Banks, a prominent educator and founder of the Eagle Academy Foundation in New York, took on the air of a hip Town Hall. In front of a capacity crowd, made up of mostly African-American and Latinos who ranged in age from grade-school kids to people who looked old enough to be the grandparents of grade-school kids, the evening of dialogue about the issues facing today’s education system were discussed at an exhaustive clip.”

41st NAACP Image Awards - Arrivals

“Legend, a pianist, R&B balladeer and graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, dubbed himself “the wonk” of the panel. He held firm to his belief in the standardized testing system currently in place, even in the midst of a smattering of boos from the audience. On the accountability issue, he came down hard on teachers, saying there needs to be better teachers in every classroom, and if they’re not good, “kick ‘em out”–a gutsy statement considering a large part of the audience was made up of teachers and educators.

As the night went on, Legend, seemingly aware he had made himself out to be the panel’s bad guy, said half-jokingly, “I guess I’m the only who says the unpopular things today, but I still make nice songs.” He also, at one heated point in the conversation, even cursed.”

source WSJ
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Pic of the Day

December 10, 2009

In the kitchen at craftsteak with @johnlegend and Tom Colicchio…

Posted on December 9, 2009
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The People Speak

November 20, 2009
Lupe Fiasco & Michael Ealy
NYC Premiere Of ‘The People Speak’ backstage at Jazz at Lincoln Center on November 19, 2009

The film brings together images, music and narration with re-creations of American moments of resistance. There’s the Declaration of Independence; speeches by Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.; songs by Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan and Public Enemy; and a call to action by Cindy Sheehan among many others.

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How to get them learn[kids and history]

November 16, 2009
Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 2009 - Day 3

Educating America’s youth about history that doesn’t always make it into textbooks is one goal of a new documentary called The People Speak.

It’s a spinoff of sorts from The People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn who you may recall from an Eight Forty-Eight conversation last week.

The film brings together images, music and narration with re-creations of American moments of resistance. There’s the Declaration of Independence; speeches by Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.; songs by Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan and Public Enemy; and a call to action by Cindy Sheehan among many others.

Each is brought to life by one member of a star-studded cast of performers. Recording artist, music producer, and Chicago native Lupe Fiasco and author and activist Anthony Arnove discuss the film.

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The documentary will air on the History Channel, Dec. 13.

Video preview of The People Speak — forthcoming documentary based on A People’s History of the United States from Voices of a People’s History

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John Legend on the Election of Obama

November 10, 2009
Premiere of Overture Films' "Capitalism: A Love Story" - After Party

Newsweek featured a list of the top ten most importants dates on its website Mario Bartorimo, San Francisco Mayor, Condeliza Rice, everyone has an opinion on the matter.For John Legend its November the 4th, the day when Obama was elected, here’s his take on the subject :

Deep down, I knew it would happen. I spent the day excited, optimistic, and a little anxious. And then, as my band and I watched the results come in, President Obama’s victory was announced and the champagne flowed. Tears flowed too, of happiness, relief, ecstasy, pride. I was immensely proud to be American. Proud that Americans had united in a way I had never experienced. We had come together after 9/11, of course, but bonding optimistically over our future was a lot better than doing so over grief and shock. On Nov. 4, Americans reached out, grabbed each others’ hands and became stronger. Instead of grieving hugs, we exchanged jubilant high fives. Our country voted for change. Big change. We voted for a major cultural shift that would realign our country with the times we lived in—to fundamentally transform our approach to health care, education, and international relations. We had dealt a massive blow to cynicism and created a future that looked brighter than our past. Earlier limits on the dreams of American kids were blown away. Older black men and women who lived through decades of the struggle for civil rights saw a previously unimaginable dream come true. This time we were all hopeful, knowing that America would never be the same; it would be better. The era of fear was over and the era of hope had begun.

Legend is a six-time Grammy Award-winning artist. Follow him on Twitter.
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What is soul?

November 5, 2009

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John Legend dropped by the White House to say “Hi” a few hours earlier

More than 1,500 international, government and corporate leaders gathered this week to honor six-time Grammy Award winner John Legend at the Africare gala at the Washington Hilton in DC.”I’m passionate for making a difference,” Mr. Legend said during his speech accepting Africare’s Bishop John T. Walker Distinguished Humanitarian Service Award

“We want to honor [Mr. Legend’s] personal commitment to ending poverty and to improve the lives of people in Africa,” said W. Frank Fountain, chairman of Africare. “He is truly a role model for us at any age to follow. He represents us and humanity around the world.”

Since then, the humanitarian award has been given to former presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Jimmy Carter, philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates, and former South African President Nelson Mandela, among many others.

In 2007, Mr. Legend launched the Show Me Campaign to end poverty in Africa through sustainable and practical developments. The program works with college students in the United States to raise awareness of the effects of poverty in Africa, providing students with ways to get involved through Mr. Legend’s Poverty Action Tour. The Show Me Campaign aims to free people from the “devastating effects of poverty” and provide development, service and education in Africa.

Mr. Legend, known for his heartfelt lyrics and passion, spoke of growing up in the church, listening to sermons and gaining a “strong sense of morality.””Searching for the truth is a process, and our world needs more people in that process,” Mr. Legend said. “A commitment to truth will lead us to social justice.”

The soul singer said his work is far from finished.

What is soul?

“Soulfulness and truth are closely related,” Mr. Legend said. “Soul is about authenticity, finding what is real and finding what is right. I’ve found soul in my philanthropy work.”

He encouraged everyone to do their work “with soul.”

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Young Jets

November 3, 2009

Kerry and John Legend

New York Jets Safety Rhodes want you to know that he has a “gorgeously green” brand new site – the other one was just awful-, he released the “news” on his Twitter account : “gmorning twit fam! go and check out the new site! the launch was yesterday with the foundaton events! http://www.kerryrhodes.com! Vayner media nice”.

Normally, i’m not into blogging about website’s launches unless the reading experience is amazing, but being curious i browsed through his gallery and went aghast litterally when i saw this awesome picture of him and the man who could sing the alphabet and makes it sounds sexy.One picture worth more than thousands words…Besides, Rhodes’s Fondation main goal is to provide scholarships to certain talented young men and women for the continuation of their academic careers beyond high school.Check out the website for more informations.

kerryrhodes.com