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Education is Power According to Pharrell

Posted by T. Adeyemi on June 15, 2010

Pharrell Williams has never been your typical Hip Hop artists, that can be recognized just by his music alone. Now Pharrell as decided to take his left-wing mantra in another direction as he plans to reshape the idea of how an education should be provided. Pharrell has always been a very conscious person of the world around him, and as he states in the video, “…at some point you start to feel like you’re held accountable,” when it comes to the influence he has on his listeners.

Pharrell certainly hits the nail on the head when he discusses how there are many instances of too much idle time for children in America. Without the guidance of my mother and her desire to put me in every extra-curricular program from football to carpentry I can say I too would have been engulfed by complacency. The complacency that Pharrell speaks about from his roots in Virginia Beach, VA is the time when children are unknowingly given the opportunity to venture into street life.

During the interview Steve Perry of CNN asks Pharrell, “What inspires you?” As simple as Skateboard P’s answer was, it was exactly correct, “You can do it too.” Now, keep in mind I do not subscribe to the whole “Dream to Achieve” belief that was preached to many of us as kids, but I do believe with hard work and determination many things are obtainable.

Pharrell has a website called which is essentially a young person’s guide to the world around them, or as Steve Perry paraphrased it, “CNN for young people.” I for one commend Pharrell for realizing that street life is NOT something anyone should promote.

–T. Adeyemi
“Be Real, Be True, Keep It 100.”

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