Ne-Yo Opens Up About Responsibility to Address Social Issues

Ne-Yo Opens Up About Responsibility to Address Social Issues

He also shares his stance on police brutality with his son.

Published September 16, 2014

Whether celebrities want to take on the role or not, there's no denying that stars are often looked up to for guidance and to bring awareness to issues that affect us all. Ne-Yo recently had a chat with MadameNoire.com about the importance of celebrities taking on a cause and using their spotlight to shine attention on where it's needed most.

"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," Ne-Yo said at his 3rd Annual Compound Foundation Fostering a Legacy benefit gala. "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?"

When asked how he'd address the latest police brutality tragedies with his son, Ne-Yo shared how he's trying to raise an upstanding citizen so that his child is never accosted by law enforcement in the first place.

"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," he said. "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."


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