Big Sean Puts His Money Where His Mouth Is. One Man Really Can Change the World. (Video)
Always repping his hometown of Detroit in his music, Big Sean (born Sean Anderson) is making major moves behind-the-scenes as it pertains to giving back to his community. The Sean Anderson Foundation is a non-profit founded with a Motor City focus in mind, with programs and initiatives aimed at the well-being of the city’s youth. With such a rich history as being one of the most important cities in American industry and music, Detroit has recently experienced some tumultuous times, declaring bankruptcy and losing thousands of jobs as the auto industry and others come to rely more and more on outsourced employees. Having suffered a tremendous decrease in its population, the city has been under great strain to maintain its infrastructure, education, and healthcare systems, which is one reason why Detroit natives with platforms as big as Anderson’s have committed themselves to revitalizing their hometown.
According to Anderson, the “vision for the Sean Anderson Foundation is simply to make the lives of young people better,” a vision enacted through a focus on the ” education, health, safety and well-being of Detroit Area school aged youth as well disadvantaged youth in other areas across the nation.” He recently spoke with CNN about his work investing in Detroit, explaining that part of his motivation in creating his foundation is that “it’s just so easy to get caught up in the wrong things when you’re young, and so I see the importance of showing people their inner potential.” The Grammy-nominated “One Man Can Change the World” MC not only donates time and goods to the disadvantaged, but also gives kids an opportunity to pursue their interests as he did by opening up a state-of-the-art recording studio at his former high school. Last summer, he partnered with Adidas in producing a short video which documented the creation of that studio, and it’s clear it will have a positive effect on thousands of Detroit-area students who otherwise may not have access to such a place. The studio is also documented in his CNN interview, which he introduces by sharing an anecdote. “What’s funny is I used to get in trouble for selling my CDs in the hallway. And you can just imagine what it feels like to be back, opening up a recording studio,” he says.
But that’s not all. As CNN’s Lauren Lee-Johnson writes, “Anderson is also preparing young people for the business aspects of the industry with a program called Mogul Prep, conceptualized with his mother, Myra Anderson. The program gives high school students an opportunity to engage with active, influential members of the music industry.”
Salute to Big Sean’s efforts. To donate to the Sean Anderson Foundation, click here.