When national tragedies such as the killing of Mike Brown occur, people often look to the rich and famous to use their celebrity to bring about justice. Sometimes these stars surprise us with their generous humanitarian efforts, and other times we end up disappointed that they’ve dropped the ball. One celeb, however, who says there’s no excuse for the latter to happen is Ne-Yo. We caught up with the singer Friday night at his 3rd Annual Compound Foundation Fostering a Legacy benefit gala and given his dedication to improving life for foster children, we asked why it’s so important for him to give back — especially in light of situations like Ferguson. He told us:
“It’s extremely important. As an entertainer, I have a bigger microphone than the average man. So with that being said, these powers that you get, you’re supposed to use them for the good of everybody else. My mama always said that you’re given blessings to be a blessing and that’s how it’s supposed to go. If we don’t look out for us, who else will?”
That answer, as we’ve unfortunately seen time and time again, is no one. So taking Ne-Yo’s comments a step further, we asked what he’d tell his son about dealing with police officers to make sure he doesn’t end up a senseless victim of police brutality like so many Black boys in recent years. Ne-Yo said:
“I’ll just make sure that my son does everything in his power to be respectable and upstanding so that police won’t have to deal with him at all. That’s what I’m going to do. I’ve never had an issues with the police. I have respect for the police who do what they’re supposed to do. The ones who don’t, the law is supposed to deal with them the way they would any criminal.”
Unfortunately, what the law is supposed to do and what happens in these instances doesn’t always match up. As more celebrities use their influence as Ne-Yo does, maybe things will change. What do you thin about his remarks?