For John Legend, love and social protest make for an ‘interesting mix’

From the LA Times: John discusses his move between top 10 hits and gospel-inspired protest songs.

February 3, 2015

“‘Doing both is in the tradition of artists I’ve grown up listening to, like Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and Nina Simone,’ says Legend, 36. ‘They made beautiful romantic songs but also made really great protest songs. I don’t think it’s incompatible for an artist to be able to do both.'”

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John Legend and Chrissy Teigen Hire Food Trucks to Feed Protesters in New York

From Vanity Fair

December 7, 2014

“Despite New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton’s prediction that public demonstrations over the Eric Garner and Ferguson Grand Jury decisions would ‘peter out,’ the protests are still going strong thanks, in part, to a generous contribution from musician John Legend and his wife model and food blogger Chrissy Teigen. The couple purchased a fleet of food trucks to serve up free food to hungry protesters in New York’s Lincoln Square…”

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National LRNG Innovation Challenge Grant Recipients Selected

From Yahoo! Finance: Teacher-led innovation elevates teaching and focuses on today’s learners

November 19, 2014

“BERKELEY, Calif. and WASHINGTON, Nov. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Producing, tinkering, experimenting, making, performing, digitizing and creating are just a few forms of innovation proposed by fourteen nationally recognized recipients of a LRNG Innovation Challenge Grant from the National Writing Project (NWP). The LRNG Innovation Challenge is a new program sponsored in partnership with the MacArthur Foundation and John Legend’s Show Me Campaign…”

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John Legend on the Startling High School “Revelation” That Sparked His Music Career

From The Hollywood Reporter Magazine: John Legend made a startling discovery during his junior year in high school: He could write.

August 14, 2014

“‘It was a big revelation,’ the chart-topping musician tells THR. ‘My teacher made storytelling come alive for me and showed me that I could be a storyteller, too.’

Which explains why Legend, 35, is launching a program called LRNG (pronounced ‘learning’) — an offshoot of his 7-year-old anti-poverty Show Me Campaign — to help educators in New York City, and eventually throughout the country, develop tech-friendly teaching practices that make sense for 21st century students. Working in partnership with the National Writing Project, Legend’s latest initiative encourages educators to think in new ways about their jobs and sets up methods for them to stay connected to one another with mentoring and idea-sharing programs…”

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John Legend: How My Teachers Helped Me Cope with My Parents’ Divorce

From People Magazine: John Legend is opening up about the obstacles he faced on the road to his Ivy League education.

July 31, 2014

“‘I was 10 years old when my parents got divorced,’ he tells PEOPLE. ‘It’s a pretty common story in America, and it’s a pretty tough time for kids, especially if they’re still at home in the middle of growing up.’

Acknowledging that ‘seeing his family fall apart was a traumatic moment’ in his life, the ‘All of Me’ singer says he’s thankful he had his teachers to fall back on.”

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