Education reform is coming to a town near you– via bus. The Get Schooled Foundation announced Friday it is launching a nationwide bus tour headlined by entertainers and personalities like Ludacris and Pharrell Williams intended to get students, teachers and parents excited about education. The Get Schooled National Challenge and Tour will host youth summits and bus events in cities across the U.S. including New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, designed to engage young people in talks about education. A recent College Board report ranked the U.S. twelfth worldwide in the proportion of adults with postsecondary credentials – a dramatic decline since ranking first just a generation ago.
Viacom Inc., AT&T and Univision Communications, Inc. have teamed up with school districts and nonprofit organizations around the country in an effort to push the U.S. back up the ranks. Through this initiative, teachers and mentors are able to do just that: In a show of understanding, Ludacris said: “Education is the ultimate challenge. I know from experience that sometimes it is tough to get inspired, to take control, and to have the discipline to see your education through. I’m excited to join other artists and The Get Schooled Foundation to help capture the attention of students and reinforce the vital message that education is important and a necessary tool for life.”
Pharrell: “We’ve tried to make the lead-up to this new album be like an Easter egg hunt, telling you one thing, and then like two months later it’s another date. We’re really good at that. In two seconds, there could be another release date.” N*E*R*D lit up Times Square today like it was New Year’s Eve, performing a free concert of three party-starting tracks off their new album, Nothing, currently slated for release October 19th. Before the show, EW caught up with Pharrell Williams to talk about his upcoming album, plans for the future, and why he calls America’s youth the “microwave generation.”
EW: You and collaborator Shay Haley have been best friends since high school. How has your relationship evolved over the years?
PW: We’re best friends. Love is like shoelaces. It’s only gotten tighter. Times change, so does the dichotomy between two people, and we’ve had some obstacles. But for us, our friendship has always been number one, and our music number two. Our music wouldn’t be as good if we weren’t such close friends.
EW: What can we expect from your new album, Nothing?
PW: At first, the album was called Instant Gratification, and it was good, but not good enough. It was our answer to this generation, which we have nicknamed the “microwave generation”: The Microwavers. Even though the microwave is old technology, it actually happens to be the mentality of all the people on the planet right now. Especially the kids—they want it now and they want it hot. They don’t want it ten minutes from now. With Nothing, we feel like we’re reflecting society.
Lupe, Kenna and some other social activists met at 92nd Street Y in New York yesterday for a panel about Music, Media and Activismn. They talked about what they did, and how they used social networks, to raise awareness for the Global Clean Water Crisis, the earthquake victims in Haiti and the flood victims in Pakistan.
Lupe Fiasco & Kenna Q&A
Lupe Fiasco, Kenna & Co. At The UN Week’s Digital Media Lounge 1
Lupe Fiasco, Kenna & Co. At The UN Week’s Digital Media Lounge 2
Lupe Fiasco, Kenna & Co. At The UN Week’s Digital Media Lounge 3
N*E*R*D performed a new song at YorkFest Concert in Toronto, Canada called ‘I Seen The Light’ sounds very Beatles’ influenced, im so looking forward to the album now, lovin’ this, check it out, thanks to nerd0016.
N*E*R*D – I Seen The Light (Live In Toronto)
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