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

September 10, 2013  |  

Source: WENN

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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  • stewie

    John Legend is a smart guy, he understand the real reason why so many black people act the way they act and don’t have much care. There is a deep sited worthlessness and nihilism in the black community. A lot of black guys don’t value their own life so, they don’t value another black mans life, and they act hyper-masculine to get attention. A lot of black women don’t get enough attention and are subjected to what amount to psychological torture from the rest of society so, they go out and do hypersexual stuff to get attention, they try to imitate the euro-centric standard of beauty.

    The liberal/conservative discussion conceals the most basic issue now facing Black America: the nihilistic threat to its very existence. This threat is not simply a matter of relative economic deprivation and political powerlessness — though economic well-being and political clout are requisites for meaningful Black progress. It is primarily a question of speaking to the profound sense of psychological depression, personal worthlessness, and social despair so widespread in Black America.

    the major enemy of Black survival in America has been and is neither oppression nor exploitation but rather the nihilistic Threat — that is,loss of hope and absence of meaning. For as long as hope remains and meaning is preserved, the possibility of overcoming oppression stays alive. The self-fulfilling prophecy of the nihilistic threat is that without hope there can be no future, that without meaning there can be no struggle.

    To fight national oppression, African Americans must regain our hope and self-love.