Being John Legend is kind of all of our dreams. We can all agree on that. He is an award winning musician, a meme sensation, amazing father, and of course, he is married to the fabulous Chrissy Teigen. As if all of that wasn't enough, John Legend has redefined what it means to be a man.
We all have our own idea of what a man is. For many young men, it is skewed due to the images pop culture has plagued them with. That is why John Legend and poet Carlos Andrés Gómez are coming together with Axe for “Senior Orientation.”
John Legend's "Senior Orientation" will connect good standing men with senior boys in high school in Columbus, Ohio. These men will mentor the seniors in hopes that they will come to find that being a man has a multitude of definitions.
Legend and Gómez will both act as mentors themselves as they help the teens cultivate an artistic performance that will be debuted in the fall.
Side note: Can we get tickets to that?
This is a great idea because as young men grow up, the idea of what it means to be a man comes in many shapes and via various outlets. They first look to their father, but if he's not there, then hey then have to look elsewhere. For some, it is the athletes and musicians they admire, and while those famous faces aren't all bad we can admit that there are some bad apples in every bunch that may influence youth badly.
Like musicians who demean women in their videos, athletes who get accused of rape but settle out of court, and get to continue to play for millions of dollars or politicians who think it’s okay to grab women in the crotch area. Those images, those ideals, those are ingrained into young minds leading to toxic outcomes.
When that happens, it's important that young men have a stable idea of manhood. "It’s encouraging creativity, encouraging individuality, rejecting things like bullying and behaviors that belittle other people," John told Mashable.
It sounds like "Senior Orientation" may need to some other major cities and towns if all goes well with the young men in Ohio.