John Legend Urges Young Black Men to Succeed and Give Back

The singer films a message for News One's Your Life Matters campaign.

Posted: 09/11/2013 11:48 AM EDT
John Legend

In a recent interview with News One for the site's Your Life Matters campaign, John Legend shared some motivational words for young Black men. The singer explained why it's so important to start acting like their time and efforts are valuable and encouraged them to begin investing in their future.

"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," Legend says in the video message.

"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," he continued.

Legend also expressed the importance of giving back to the community and finding ways to lift others once you've found that success.

"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."


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