As if making hit after hit wasn't enough, Pharrell is making headlines again. The producer, songwriter, fashion designer, and philanthropist has promised internships next summer to 114 graduates of a Harlem high school, who all received a college acceptance letter and will be attending school in the fall.
The graduating students of the Promise Academy erupted with praise as Williams said, "Let me be clear, every member of the 2019 graduating class is guaranteed an internship waiting for them, you next summer. It’s one thing to be ‘woke,’ another to be awake, leaned in and engaged." This announcement comes on the heels of billionaire philanthropist Robert F. Smith saying he would pay the student loans of an entire graduating class of Morehouse College. It looks like giving is contagious!
During his commencement speech to the class, Pharrell said, "The world is watching Harlem, but this renaissance will be different. Believe it or not, with respect, it’s going to actually be better and the reason why is because the new Harlem Renaissance has education at its core."
Pharrell has been very philanthropic lately, hosting the Something in the Water Festival in Virginia Beach, VA, which had several free event for the community. He also partnered with Verizon to formulate a technology-based music curriculum in schools throughout the nation with the goal of exploring music through robotics, virtual reality, and other forms of tech. Last year, Williams hosted the Yellow Ball gala for the Young Audiences Arts for Learning, which helps to implement arts education curriculums in different community centers and schools across the country.
Who will be the next Black celebrity who uses their power, influence, and authority on behalf of the black community??? We are waiting to see. Great job Pharrell!!!