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Pharrell Williams Promises Internships to 114 Harlem's Promise Academy Seniors

Monica Otayza
Jul 01, 2019
11:28 A.M.
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Pharrell Williams is at it again with his philanthropic work, and this time he's promised internships to more than a hundred graduating students in Harlem's Promise Academy.


While speaking at the commencement ceremony of Harlem's Promise Academy, Pharrell shocked the graduating class when he revealed he wasn't just giving a speech and their high school diplomas. Instead, he shared that all 114 graduates would get a gift: a guaranteed internship for each and every one of them.


A graduation gift

"So let me be clear, every member of the 2019 graduating class is guaranteed an internship waiting for them, you, next summer. It's one thing to be 'woke,' another to be awake, leaned in and engaged."

While he did not specify where these internships would be, this promise will definitely be coordinated through the school.


The "Promise Academy K-12 Charter Schools" pledge to make sure that each of their students gets into college and eventually graduates.

An Active Citizen

Last year, Pharrell also made sure to be one with the people by blasting Donald Trump for playing his song, "Happy," during the day of a synagogue shooting.


Clearly, there was nothing "happy" about a day where eleven people passed away due to a terrorist attack, and Pharrell Williams made sure to remind Donald Trump of that.

Standing his ground

After finding out that his song was played at a Trump rally, the singer made sure to let the administration know that he was not pleased with what happened, even threatening to go to court because of it. The rally happened the same day as the tragic mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue.

“On the day of the mass murder of 11 human beings at the hands of a deranged ‘nationalist,’ you played his song ‘Happy’ to a crowd at a political event in Indiana. There was nothing ‘happy’ about the tragedy inflicted upon our country on Saturday and no permission was granted for your use of this song for this purpose.”


Eleven people passed away at the Tree of Life Synagogue, where Robert Bowers, a 46-year-old, opened fire. He was eventually charged with 29 federal counts including murder with a firearm and other hate crime charges.

That same day, Trump spoke at Murphysboro, Illinois, and played celebratory songs instead of mourning the deaths of innocent people.

Pharrell made it clear that Trump had no right to use his song in that way, but Trump never responded to his statement.

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