John Legend Teams With Penn on Criminal Justice Reform

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Ten-time Grammy award-winning artist and University of Pennsylvania alum John Legend is joining the advisory board of the Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice at Penn Law.

“I am thrilled to be working with my alma mater on critical issues facing our criminal justice system,” Legend said in a release. “The Quattrone Center brings together insights from different disciplines and focuses on the tangible results of reform. I look forward to joining them in these significant efforts.” Read more »

John Legend Says He Was a Victim of Racial Profiling at Penn

R&B crooner John Legend was among a handful of musicians who appeared last night on A&E’s “Shining a Light Concert,” a special about race in America.

To promote the program, he gave an interview to USA Today in which he recalls being a victim of racial profiling when he attending the University of Pennsylvania. When asked if he’d experienced racism on a personal level, he answered:

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John Legend Pulls Out of Pre-Grammy Party at Hotel Owned By Anti-Gay Sultan

Penn alum and soul singer John Legend has pulled out of a pre-Grammy / L.A. Confidential magazine release party at the Beverly Hills Hotel after he learned it was owned by the anti-gay Sultan of Brunei. Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah announced a policy last April that called for the stoning of people caught in same-sex acts. A rep of Legend’s released this statement:

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Taylor Swift Reclaims Top Spot on “Celebs Gone Good” List

Taylor Swift is doing her hometown of Wyomissing proud. For the third year in a row, the pop star has earned the No. 1 spot on‘s list of “Celebs Gone Good.”

The website, a nonprofit for youth and social change, ranks celebrities who use their star power to do some good in the world. Swift is recognized because, “she moved to New York, had a feminist awakening, dropped her country roots, released the pop album 1989, and donated all proceeds from the sale of her single “Welcome to New York” to New York City Public Schools.”

Joining Swift in the top five is actress and trans activist Laverne Cox, Beyoncé, Miley Cyrus and Emma Watson.

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Penn Alum John Legend, Chrissy Teigen Hire Food Trucks to Feed NYC Ferguson Protesters

Vanity Fair reports that Penn alum and singer John Legend and his wife, model Chrissy Teigen, hired a fleet of food trucks to feed folks who were protesting the Eric Garner and Ferguson Grand Jury decisions in New York City over the weekend.

Protesters, who had been camped out in NYC’s Lincoln Square all weekend, were no doubt thrilled when Teigen retweeted the following message to her 500,000 followers on Sunday:

Being the true good samaritans they are, neither Legend or Teigen have taken credit for the deed, though Bipartisan Report confirmed their involvement with this tweet, which includes photos of the trucks:

Mmm. Kimchi tacos and good deeds. That’s what the holidays are all about.

In the Wings: A Conversation With Rapture, Blister, Burn Star Krista Apple-Hodge

Screen Shot 2014-10-22 at 11.32.44 AMMy name is … Krista Apple-Hodge, hyphenated (from Apple) since I married fellow actor Dan Hodge in 2012. We’ve decided that an “Apple-Hodge” sounds like a Colonial American dessert. We’re taking recipe ideas …

I am … incredibly shy, for someone who gets up in front of other people for a living. That’s why I started acting. It was the only thing, in high school, that could get me talking in public.

I grew up … in Springfield, Ohio. Proverbial home of The Simpsons; actual home of a Frank Lloyd Wright house that almost didn’t survive.

How would you describe Rapture, Blister, Burn in one sentence? “A bunch of wily women and one unfortunate man test the limits of feminism and idealism, and things go poorly for everyone.”

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WATCH: Bradley Cooper, John Legend and The Roots Team Up for Eagles Campaign Video

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The Philadelphia Eagles released the latest video in its #FlyEaglesFly campaign, a new series of ads designed to promote the local NFL team’s upcoming season.

This time around the video, called “Everything and More,” features a collaboration between Philly’s Bradley Cooper and The Roots, and Penn alum John Legend. Cooper does the voiceover, an impassioned monologue about what the Eagles mean to the City of Philadelphia: “This is more than a team. It’s a family. It’s our family. This is more than a city. It’s our home. This is more than a game. This is everything … and more,” he says.

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REVIEW: John Legend at The Mann Center, 8/2

On Saturday night America’s fiancé–and Penn alum—John Legend, arrived at the Mann Center with a singular mission: to get Philadelphia laid. The silken-voiced R&B crooner played a tight 100-minute set attended by cool, late summer breezes that whispered sweet nothings into our ears.

Legend is touring on the strength of his three current love songs, “All of Me,” “Made to Love,” and “You and I,” all written for his model wife of eight months, Chrissy Teigen. He is as wholesome as an artist who is constantly singing about intercourse can get. In this respect, and so many others, Legend is the anti-Robin Thicke. The latter blew into summer 2013 with the monster hit “Blurred Lines,” and then spent the ensuing months on an extended musical bachelor party. And not a nice bachelor party, either. Like, a bachelor party with two groomsmen who have probably committed a misdemeanor held at a strip club where mobsters make deals in the movies. Meanwhile, with the success of this year’s singles, Legend continues his 10-year streak of cranking out mid-tempo jams and ballads in an effort to corner the market on making everyone pregnant.

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