“Some people will say with some justification that we have a lot of problems here at home that we still need to solve. But I don’t believe you have to choose. I think every life is valuable and poverty anywhere is something we should address.” – John Legend.
Many men would be content with been able to don a suit as well as singer John Legend but it is the charity work which the star does which truly makes him live up to his surname. The man who earlier in the year found himself featured in UK Mens’ magazine GQ in their Most Stylish Men of the Week section and who has had major hits including the massive hit All of Me has took time regularly out of his immensely busy schedule to help others through his numerous charity pursuits. Whether it is been directly involved with or supporting worthwhile and amazing causes Legend has been incredibly inspirational in his endeavors to make life better for others.
Empowered to help after reading the Earth Institute director Dr. Jeffrey Sachs’ book The End of Poverty, Legend went on a trip to Ghana to witness the appalling conditions, problems and struggles which people in Ghana and other African countries were facing on a daily basis. Following the trip he felt compelled to help and founded the Show Me Campaign as well as joining charity forces with the man who first inspired him to take action Sachs and his Millennium Promise Alliance in a bid to help people in need in African villages. The kind-hearted pair then embarked in 2008 on a tour of universities in America to promote awareness and to encourage people to try to stop poverty. Both organisations have done incredible work to help and support people in African villages by taking practical and vital steps such as providing mosquito nets to stop millions of people dying from malaria, providing free meals for children going to school, providing local clinics and providing safe water points as well as fertilizer.
In addition Legend has raised awareness as well as supplying support to The Gentleman’s Fund and been vocal as a spokesperson for Tide Loads of Hope. The latter of which in support he folded the laundry of people affected by Hurricane Katrina for a day. Legend has also used his music to help by performing a concert to help the Jason Collier Memorial Scholarship Fund and has created an ad in support of the Gap (Product) Red (Two Weeks) Campaign with funds raised from the campaign’s T-shirts going to the Global Fund. He has supported countless other charities as well including Oxfam, Stand Up To Cancer, UNICEF and Peace One Day among many others.
But in between his music and charity endeavors Legend still manages to look stylish as picked up on by GQ magazine. Whether he is donning suits in varying colors including black, grey, blue and tan for a dapper style or going for a more dressed down, casual style his fashion sense and fashion choices are always perfect and are copied by many men around the world.