‘Act Like Your Life Matters:’ John Legend Encourages Black Men To Get Educated, Succeed & Give Back

September 10, 2013  |  

R&B crooner John Legend proved that he’s not just good for serenading and hitting high notes— he’s also pretty good at motivational speaking. News One recently caught up with the singer during a performance in NYC and he offered some thought-provoking words of encouragement for young black men in conjunction with their Your Life Matters campaign.

“Your life matters not because of how much money you have, not because of what neighborhood you live in, not because of what you look like. Your life matters because you’re you and you’re valuable,” John begins.

The soon-to-married star went on to say that young black men have something to contribute to society, but they have to begin by carrying themselves as if they matter.

“You’re unique, you’re special and you have something to contribute to the world. So what does that mean? You have to act like your life matters. You have to educate yourself. You have to make sure that you prepare yourself for success in the world.”

In closing, he stressed the importance of giving back once success is attained.

“And when you succeed, you have to give back, so your life can continue to matter. So go out there and live that. Be that. Dream that. Know that your life matters.”

Check out John’s uplifting video on the next page.

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