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Will.I.Am Calls for Education Reform During Super Bowl

Article by Arleny Brocky

Black Eyed Peas star Will.I.Am took the opportunity during the band’s performance during last night’s Super Bowl halftime show to insert a little self-expression into the mix.

During the group’s performance of “Where is the Love,” the singer interjected: “In America we need to get things straight / Obama, let’s get these kids educated / Create jobs so the country stays stimulated.” The Black Eyed Peas also performed their rendition of Guns and Roses’ “Sweet Child o’Mine,” with Fergie singing the lead. Watch the video below:

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Will.I.Am isn’t the only entertainer who believes that the United States education system needs improvements.

Grammy winner Patti Austin is also powerful voice in this movement as well.

In addition to being the National Spokesperson for the Foundation for Social Change, Patti recently co-founded the “Over My Shoulder Foundation,” a non-profit mentoring organization established on the principle that the arts, entertainment and media can positively impact millions of disenfranchised individuals.

Patti also headlined genConnect’s Find Your Gift event at Harlem Academy. Patti along with “American Idol” music Director Ray Chew and advocate and educator William Mayer addressed students on “Finding Your Gift” — achieving self-awareness of your unique abilities and how to harness them in a world that’s as competitive as ever. The panelists also discuss the importance of giving back to local communities.

‘Find Your Gift’ at Harlem Academy VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS

Harlem Academy Welcomed Grammy Winner Patti Austin, Investor and Educator William Mayer and “American Idol” Music Director Ray Chew to Address Students on How to Find Your Gift

genConnect was a part of a special evening on January 24, 2011 where a panel of remarkable achievers addressed a roomful of students from Harlem Academy. The panelists will also discuss the importance of giving back to local communities.

genConnect.com videoed the discussion to make the production available to students, parents and thought leaders across the globe. The below video clips were shot from a cell phone so please pardon the quality.

Grammy Award-winning singer Patti Austin headlined the event. From working with some of the leading legends of our generation including Quincy Jones and Barbra Streisand to mentoring others in the industry, Patti shared with the students, teachers and parents in the room stories from her life, which began in Harlem.

About: Harlem Academy is an independent school that offers merit-based, needs-blind admissions. Founded in 2004, Harlem Academy serves 102 students in grades one through seven. The school has added a grade for seven consecutive years and will graduate an inaugural grade-eight class in 2012.

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genConnect is your place to connect with the best of life’s experts across generations.genConnect www.genconnect.com to enrich your career, health, relationships and lifestyle.For more Informations Please visit our Patti Austin website.

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