John Legend: ‘All men should be feminists,’ men should care about women’s rights


Did you know that John Legend was raised in the Pentecostal church? That’s how he got his start in music – he would sing and perform for his church. I found that out when I was watching the PBS series Finding Your Roots, in which Professor Henry Gates researched Legend’s family tree and found a TON of interesting information andhistorical records. Watching Legend on that episode really changed the way I thought about him – before that, I always considered him a sexy soul singer, but he was so chilled out and sweet on that episode, I now think of him as “Aw, what a really nice man.”

And now I have further evidence that Legend is just a really decent, lovely man. Legend has worked with the charity Chime For Change for years – it’s a charity which “raises funds to improve the lives of women worldwide” – you can see their site here. They work to educate and empower women all over the world. It sounds like a great organization, right? That’s enough to make you like Legend, correct? Well, then this will make you swoon:

John Legend announced The Sound of Change Live yesterday, a concert to raisefunds and awareness for Chime for Change, a charity which raises funds to improve the lives of women worldwide.

The gig will be at Twickenham Stadium, south London, on June 1 this year, and will feature performances from Florence & The Machine, Beyoncé, Ellie Goulding and BBC Sound of 2013 band, Haim. Producer and musician Timbaland will also be joining Legend on the line-up.

At a press conference for the event, Legend explained his commitment to the charity, which aims to promote and empower women internationally.

He said: “All men should be feminists. If men care about women’s rights the world will be a better place.” The singer, who has won nine Grammy awards and has collaborated with Kanye West, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys and The Roots, cited his mother as an inspiration.

Legend said: “We are better off when women are empowered – it leads to a better society.”

[From The Telegraph]

Are you totally jealous of John’s fiancée Chrissy Teigen now? I am. Before yesterday, I didn’t know that Legend was so involved with the cause of empowering and educatingwomen internationally, and I didn’t know he considers himself a feminist. God, he’s just… lovely. I want him.

Also: I really want his blue sweater in these photos. That’s an amazing sweater. Since John is a feminist, he’ll give it to me, right?




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