Named one of Town & Country ’s top 50 philanthropists of the year John Legend is truly a legend! Gracing one of the magazine’s three covers, the 38-year-old crooner, who was photographed by Max Vadukul, is being recognized for his work to end mass incarceration of men of color.
Being inspired after working on the film Selma the Oscar winner states “I specifically chose to talk about our mass incarceration problem, because if you want to talk about what is going on with America today that Dr. King would be concerned about, I think mass incarceration would be right near the top.”
Along with balancing a full professional and personal lives, Legend speaks on separating the two dynamics: “Some people can’t separate the two and say, If I disagree with you politically, you’re not going to make money off of me. And that’s just the price that we have to be willing to pay…some of the greatest artists we’ve ever known have been willing to risk some social capital to try to improve the lives of other people.” Continuing “Some of the greatest artists we’ve ever known have been willing to risk some social capital to try to improve the lives of other people.”
John is behind the nonprofit campaign #FreeAmerica Unlocked Futures, which provides grants for formerly incarcerated people to launch businesses. Continue reading more of his interview at Town & Country Magazine.