John Legend Supports New York Protesters

John Legend Supports New York Protesters With Food

Singer and famed songwriter John Legend and his model wife hired food trucks to feed the protesters in New York. The couple sponsored a fleet of trucks so the people who are fighting against police brutality can eat while they demonstrate.  There are millions of people lining the streets in various cities across the country and after the Grand Jury’s decision not to indict the officer that killed Eric Garner New York has increased activity.

Legend is a Grammy Award winning artist who has been vocal on his stance against police brutality. He has not gone out into the streets himself, but he and his wife Chrissy Teigen, are showing their support in a greater way. He never made a big deal about what he was doing, instead he Tweeted to over 560,000 followers. In his tweet the singer said when, where and for how long those who lined the streets of New York could eat for free.

Legend, whose birth name is John Roger Stephens, is a famed singer, songwriter and actor. He and his wife Chrissy Teigen were married in September 2013, after four years of dating. A native of Ohio, Legend is one of four children. Legend performed with his church choir at the young age of four and began playing piano at seven-years-old. This gifted artist began high school at the tender age of 12 and graduated four years later. After graduating high school as the salutatorian he went on to attend University of Pennsylvania. The Get Lifted singer received scholarships to Morehouse and Georgetown University and was offered admission to Harvard.

The 35-year-old gained momentum as a singer while collaborating with multiple established artists. His voice is so distinct that people would recognize his voice upon hearing the first few notes. Prior to his first single Legend sang with musicians such as Jay Z, Kanye, Alicia Keys and Magnetic Man. He was also hired to play piano on the hit song Everything is Everything by Lauryn Hill.

This gifted musician is no stranger to the world of charity; he is well-known for years of philanthropy. In 2007, after Hurricane Katrina tore through New Orleans the All Of Me singer connected with Tide laundry detergent to help the community. The Ordinary People artist also performed in the Live Earth concert held in London as well as initiated his Show Me Campaign to help end poverty. Later the same year he became the spokesman for a project to raise awareness and support to issues surrounding men for GQ Magazine, partnered with The Gap to help raise funds of anti-retroviral medicine for Africans.

Legend sits on many boards such as Millennium Campus Network, Teach For America, The Education Equality Project, Stand for Children and Harlem Village Academies. He is not just a talented artist promoting his music but is very active in the community. He uses the platform he has been given as a singer-songwriter to support many outreach programs.

In January 2010 on the Hope for Haiti Now telethon show the singer performed Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child. Later in September he performed, as a tribute, Coming Home on the Colbert Report for the end of Iraq combat operations and for active and veteran military for the Armed Forces. In 2013 he performed in London at Gucci’s Chime For Change concert event to raise awareness to women’s issues. Prior to this he was appointed to the Forum of Young Global Leaders by the World Economic Forum.

John Legend can now add “feeding hungry protesters” to his list of humanitarian deeds. Legend and his wife have purchased a fleet of food trucks to serve up free food to hungry protesters in New York’s Lincoln Square. The couple is not active physically during the protests nor are they taking direct credit for the trucks, they used Twitter to let the New York Protesters know they will not have to fight hunger as they continue to fight for a greater cause.

by Cherese Jackson (Virginia)


Vanity Fair
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