McDonald’s collaborated with award-winning rapper, singer, and songwriter Sean Michael-Leonard Anderson, better known as Big Sean, in its newly-launched McDonald’s Black & Positively Golden Mentors program. The virtual content series helps the company’s increased focus on providing opportunities for education and skills in the communities it serves.
The Detroit rapper partnered with McDonald’s Black & Positively Golden movement through his Sean Anderson Foundation, which is committed to the education, health, safety, and well-being of the young people who live in underserved communities across the country.
“Mentorship can be key to success,” said Big Sean, who attributes mentorship as playing a role in his success. “I definitely benefitted from guidance as a young adult and aspiring artist, so it’s an honor to partner with McDonald’s to pay it forward as a Black & Positively Golden mentor who is helping another artist navigate her music career.”
“Big Sean is a huge inspiration, and I appreciate him taking the time to mentor me,” said Lewis. “I began my music career in elementary school and always dreamed of connecting with a major artist like him. This is the surprise and gift of a lifetime that has put me closer to living my dream. I appreciate McDonald’s for making it happen.”
The McDonald’s Black & Positively Golden Mentors program plans to continue next year with Gospel music vocalist and entrepreneur Kierra Sheard, journalist and activist Jamilah Lemieux, and professional race car driver Bubba Wallace.
“Understanding that mentorship can lead to leadership, McDonald’s and our franchisees are proud to give young people access to industry resources and insights through the Black & Positively Golden Mentors program,” said Margaret “Marty” Gillis, a New Jersey McDonald’s franchisee and national diversity marketing committee lead. “We are excited to connect these talented changemakers to people they admire and, in the process, create masterclasses from which others can benefit.”