This week on Our World with Black Enterprise, host Marc Lamont Hill sits down with award-winning singer/songwriter Ne-Yo (né Shaffer Smith).
Ne-Yo, principle of music production company Compound Entertainment and the nonprofit Compound Foundation, has excelled as a R&B singer, songwriter, musician and record producer. Since breaking into the recording industry as a songwriter, penning “Let Me Love You” for singer Mario, Ne-Yo has had five top10 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 as a lead artist and two No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200. He’s also established a significant catalog of hit songs written for other artists. The mission of Ne-Yo’s Compound Foundation “is to increase the awareness of the status of children in the child welfare system in America.” The foundation works with residential care facilities through programs aimed at teaching entrepreneurship and life skills to empower children to become productive, successful and independent adults.
Ne-Yo’s most recent release, Libra Scale, marks his fourth consecutive top 10 album and he’ll be a headline performer at the 2011 Black Enterprise/Pepsi Golf & Tennis Challenge on Labor Day Weekend at the Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami.
Also, in this week’s On The Record segment, Hill talks about the alarming escalation of bullying among high school students with Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education Russlyn Ali, psychologist and Healthguru.com contributor Dr. Jeffrey Gardere and Wilhelmina Stone of the National Association of People of Color Against Suicide.
Our World with Black Enterprise is the award-winning weekly 30-minute program, hosted by Marc Lamont Hill, providing a fresh mix of interviews with today’s top newsmakers and celebrities, eclectic roundtable discussions concerning the hottest topics affecting African Americans, and profiles of some of the world’s most intriguing people.