Big Sean talks about influencing the next generation of black college students – The Root | Team Cansler

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Big Sean is a man of the people. No matter where he has been in his career, the Detroit rapper has always expressed his commitment to helping those in need. It started in Detroit, now he has taken on that mission thanks to his worldwide Sean Anderson Foundation.

Between September 15th and 18th, Ally Financial hosted the fourth year in partnership with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and the Sean Anderson Foundation moguls in the making entrepreneurial pitch competition. More than 60 students from 15 HBCUs across the country came together in Charlotte, NC to develop solutions “to address the challenges of economic mobility with critical business skills.”

Big Sean was instrumental in launching the competition in 2019 and came to the competition not only to see the students’ business ideas come to life but also to support the students present with words and deeds.

The multi-platinum artist spoke with us The root around nationwide impact on the next generation of college students, the importance of serving children at HBCUs, and the lessons he has learned from his business ventures that he can pass on to students. PLu, Since this is Big Sean, we had to Questions him about the Detroit rap scene.

The root: You founded the Sean Anderson Foundation in 2012. DDid you ever think you would get to the point where you could have the impact of helping students across the country and not just in Detroit?

Big Sean: That was always the goal. You always have to change your community and start where you come from. I learned that from my grandmother, who was always a charitable person. She laid the foundation for how I should give back. No matter what her plans, even if she was having a bad year or a good year financially, she always made sure to donate to the charity she believed in and she felt that giving back was just as important as giving to get. I treat it the same way I would if I were making an album or any other music.

I always make sure that we do something for the community with our programs and continue to expand. When I got the opportunity to network with Ally Financial and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund for Moguls in the Making, it was an opportunity to teach children financial literacy and how to work as a team. You will come across many brilliant minds who have never had the opportunity to undergo such an examination. It’s just an honor to expand beyond Detroit and be global.

TR: I’m sure you consider yourself a business mogul. What have you learned from your entrepreneurial ventures that you can pass on to students?

OS: One of the things I could pass on is how important the journey is and how much of a learning process life is in general. You can’t be so fixated on what you consider successes and what you consider failures, because when you look back, you realize that the things you considered failures were just amazing moments and victories in other ways. It prepared you for the next opportunity or cleared the runway for something even better than you ever expected. You take that experience and wisdom and apply it to what you have in front of you now. Always make sure you treat people with respect. Never prioritize one person because I’ve seen people go from intern to CEO. Be who you are and be fair.

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TR: As a Black man, can you also highlight the importance of support and help for children attending HBCUs?

OS: HBCUs are legendary. Many of my family members went to HBCUs like Morehouse, Howard, Clark [Atlanta] and other schools scattered about my family. I took an HBCU college tour myself because it’s so interesting. People who go to HBCUs are some of the most important minds in the world because of what they experience, there’s a historical aspect. I think it’s just something to never lose sight of and always highlight and be a part of. They make up some of the most gifted, creative and amazing people. So I’ve always wanted to figure out how to work with HBCUs and this was the perfect outlet and opportunity.

TR: If you went to college, which HBCU would you go to?

OS: I considered going to Morehouse and Howard. I had many friends who went to school [Tennessee State University]. But probably Morehouse or Howard.

TR: How important is it that black students pursue careers in other fields? Such as Business, sports, technology, etc.? How does the Sean Anderson Foundation and Moguls in the Making help students discover their passions?

OS: Many people need to get out of their comfort zone and given the opportunity to express themselves in any way they can. The world is changing so fast that there are new ways to express yourself. There are new ways to make money and collaborate. I just did a give back in Detroit where we set up an E3 video game lab where kids learn how to make money playing video games. Who would have ever thought? I’m sure when I was growing up my mom said, “Yo, you gotta put the video games down!” because there wasn’t anything in it. Now some of these people are making millions of dollars playing video games. That’s just one of thousands of ways the world has changed. That’s why I think this competition is so important, because it asks how you can use the business skills you’ve learned to have an impact on the community

TR: what is your fFavorite rap album by a Detroit artist this year?

OS: I really like Peezy’s last albumm, ONLY 4 DIAMOND LINKS BUILT, that just fell down. I also like Icewear Vezzo’s latest album, Rich Off Pints ​​3. Those were a few of my favourites. Babyface Ray, the last album he dropped, FACE, was crazy too. These are my boys. They’ve been doing this for so long and it’s just nice to see things coming out for them.

TR: What about Boldy James?

OS: Oh dear God! The way he rapped on his last album don’t kill anythingI’ve never heard him rap like that before. It was like a new jargon in every song. Like how he attacked every punch, you know? I loved it man. This is my dog ​​too.

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