When Grammy-nominated singer Elle Varner is not bringing her talents to the stage or the studio, she is using her fame as a platform to mobilize young adults to vote through the Hip Hop Caucus's 'Respect My Vote!' campaign.
"It’s really important to me to use my voice as a person with a platform," Varner told BET.com. Varner is a featured panelist on the What's at Stake web series. "I have people that follow me, watch me and care about what I think."
The Respect My Vote! campaign focuses on educating young adults of color ages 18-39 in college and out of school about their voting rights.
"You’re going to see me all around with voter registration and Respect My Vote!, and it’s just only going to increase. It’s just something I’m passionate about," the singer said.
The program does outreach through grassroots organizing, celebrity spokespeople and social media, to name a few of its efforts. Other entertainers who have participated in the Respect My Vote! campaign include rappers Rick Ross and T.I. and singers Brandy and Chris Brown, according to their site.
"People like Muhammad Ali, Dr. King, Ossie Davis and Ruby [Dee] and Harry Belafonte and Sidney Poitier," Varner continued, "They were always involved in their community and it was always connected to what they were doing in their professional life and those are my inspirations."
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