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Pharrell Williams calls for economic equality in MLK event – Billboard

Pharrell Williams is challenging American companies to “do more” by supporting entrepreneurs of color and adopting economic justice practices.

The Virginian-Pilot report that in remarks on Monday (January 17) on the Martin Luther King Jr. annual Urban League of Hampton Roads, the singer and music producer says big businesses need to invest in people of color and notes that some of them already are.

“Not all businesses,” Williams added. “Smart people – things that will be here for another 50 years.”

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Williams selected Japanese venture capital and financial group SoftBank. He said the group is investing in founders of color who can then create the wealth of generations and change their cities for the better.

Williams, who was born in Virginia Beach, also called on businesses and benefactors to support the Urban League and thanked the local chapter for their work in finance, health and housing.

The event could not be held in person because of COVID-19, which was streamed live on Facebook and YouTube. Several local leaders were honored for representing the King’s legacy of social justice.

https://www.billboard.com/music/music-news/pharrell-williams-economic-equity-martin-luther-king-jr-event-1235019772/ Pharrell Williams calls for economic equality in MLK event – Billboard

Dais Johnston

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