Kendrick Lamar is using his celebrity and well-deserved exposure to support children who could benefit from his wise words. The Compton rapper released “Pay It Forward,” a video that shows his recent stop at the White House to meet up with President Barack Obama and discuss in detail “the importance of mentoring the youth,” and other topics.
While the meet-and-greet was a highlight for the “Pay It Forward” visual, Kendrick is also seen interacting with a young man on the basketball court.
“It’s only right that I mentor a young person with the same wisdom that was given to me. If it helps the next kid become a better person in life, I will forever be a … influence, and pay it forward,” he says in the video.
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President Obama has declared January National Mentoring Month.
“At the heart of America’s promise is the belief that we all do better when everyone has a fair shot at reaching for their dreams. Throughout our Nation’s history, Americans of every background have worked to uphold this ideal, joining together in common purpose to serve as mentors and lift up our country’s youth. During National Mentoring Month, we honor all those who continuously strive to provide young people with the resources and support they need and deserve, and we recommit to building a society in which all mentors and mentees can thrive in mutual learning relationships,” President Obama said.
More on Kendrick’s visit to the big house in the gallery at the top.