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Friday, February 4, 2011
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VIDEO: JOHN LEGEND ON MUSIC, EDUCATION, AND “SUPERMAN”

Last month, I had the opportunity to chat for roughly 40 minutes in New York with John Legend, the six-time Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter, about the roots of his music career and of his social/political activism, and the way in which those two aspects of his life are closely intertwined. Legend, 32, has focused on no cause more than eradicating education inequality in America, and over the past year has been a prominent champion of — and contributed the Oscar short-listed original song “Shine” to — “Waiting for ‘Superman’,” Oscar winner Davis Guggenheim’s documentary on the subject (which will be released on DVD on February 15). As you can appreciate from watching the video at the top of this post, he feels a deeply personal connection to the film’s subject matter, and has embraced it as the central cause of his life.

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