Celebrities visit Spelman to discuss financial literacy, social justice

Carlile said that while writing “A Beautiful Noise,” with Keys and a team of female songwriters, she thought of Stacey Abrams, a Spelman graduate and Democratic candidate for governor of Georgia.

“Georgia really matters to us,” Carlile said, recalling the 2020 election and the importance of midterms. “You have changed the world. You can change the whole country right now, right here. The whole world can learn from Georgia.

Keys, who has become as prominent in her social justice work as she is in her music, told students that women have the “power of our voices and shouldn’t be forgotten or underestimated.”

Credit: Natrice Miller / Natrice.Miller@ajc.com

Credit: Natrice Miller / Natrice.Miller@ajc.com

“We have to make sure we have a plan and part of the plan is to not allow apathy to be invited into how we feel,” Keys said. “Sometimes you feel discouraged. Often our response is apathy and that is the worst thing we can do. Knock on doors and the way we kick down doors is we honor who we are.

For the students, the words were appropriate.

“When it comes to voting and making those ballots, it can be daunting,” said Nutall, who moderated a conversation with Abrams last week. “So when you have spaces for women to come and highlight the importance of having our voices heard, that’s really important. They remind us that we have a voice and we can use it.

At the end of their speeches on Friday, Keys and Carlile waded through the crowd of Spelman students and took selfies and shook hands, Carlile modeled a Spelman t-shirt which new president Helene Gayle presented to her .

“You are activists and you are in the fight,” Carlile said. “When you walk through the door, be sure to bring your sisters with you.”

On Thursday, comedian and entertainment mogul Kevin Hart performed to another packed house at Sisters Chapel for an onstage conversation with sophomore Naya Welcher about financial literacy, building wealth, and building careers and career paths. entrepreneurship.

“Having Alicia and Kevin on campus highlights for everyone the importance of educating the black community,” said Welcher, a math student from Stone Mountain. “Although they are popular with everyone, their mission is to give back to their home country.”

Hart told students he was a community college dropout who spent every check on new sneakers. When he started earning real money, he got into debt and had to deal with tax issues because he didn’t know how to manage his finances.

“I was screwing up. Anything financial I did wrong because no one told me what was right. Hart told the students. “I take the time to be here because there is value in my words. You don’t have to make the same mistakes I did. I tell you that my frivolous ways have led me to failure.

Estimates suggest Hart is worth between $200 million and $450 million. He also owns an 85% stake in Hartbeat, his new multimedia company with a valuation of $650 million.

“When you get to a place of success, you’re supposed to share it,” Hart said. “This is the real work that needs to be done. Today, it is me who uses this relay and passes this relay. Let’s hope that the students leave with motivation and determination for tomorrow.

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