Dr. Dre announced before the release of his latest album, Compton, that he would be donating his artist royalties to help fund a youth and performing arts center in Compton.
The rapper has been working hand in hand with the city’s mayor, Aja Brown, who said in a statement that she is ” honored that Mr. [Andre] Young has decided to make a significant investment in his community,”
Brown continued, “He clearly has a heart for Compton, especially our youth. I believe this performing arts center will provide a pathway for creative expression, exposure and training to the myriad of industries that support arts, entertainment and technology—while providing a much-needed safe haven for our youth. Children in urban communities suffer from post-traumatic stress syndrome in higher proportions than veterans and they need therapeutic outlets, which arts and drama has proven to provide. Compton is a special place and I believe this center will harness our ingenuity and transform our community from within for generations to come. I think it’s critical to note that people are not entitled to give. Entitlement is a disease that cripples empowerment. The key to harnessing investment is viability and return on investment. We look forward to working with Dr. Dre and his team to develop an amazing place for our community.”
Dre released his long awaited album on Friday, which includes 16 songs and features by Kendrick Lamar, Marsha Ambrosius, Jill Scott, Eminem, Ice Cube, the Game and of course, Snoop Dogg.
The Real Reason Jason Derulo Is Out Here Teaching Zumba Class
Jason Derulo popped up at an L.A. Zumba class Tuesday night but he wasn’t there to take the class … he was there to teach it.
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According to Forbes, Derulo has partnered with Zumba, who will be offering exclusive classes featuring choreography to his hit song “Tip-Toe” featuring French Montana.
To kick things off the 28-year-old showed up unannounced at Beat Box Studio LA to teach a few routines, and as you could imagine everyone was mad hype.
Perez Hilton and Youtube Fitness star Caleb Mitchell were amongst the 80 folks taking the class, which also included instructors and members of the University of Southern California dance team.
“What I love most about Zumba is that they make exercising fun and make it accessible to everyone all over the world. It’s a movement,” Derulo said. “They get great global rhythms and pair it with a routine everyone can do that will give you a total body workout that feels more like party than exercise. I admire that because you don’t typically associate dancing with working out and that’s the beauty of it.”
No word on if Derulo will be popping up at more classes, but if he does now you won’t be surprised.
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