Pharrell Gives Internships to 114 Harlem High School Graduates

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Artist Pharrell Williams gave graduates at one Harlem high school the opportunity of a lifetime during their graduation. Williams, who served as the commencement speaker for the graduating class of Harlem Children’s Zone Promise Academy, offered all 114 graduates guaranteed internships.

“So let me be clear, every member of the 2019 graduating class is guaranteed an internship waiting for them, you, next summer,” Williams said in a video posted by Harlem’s Children’s Zone. “It’s one thing to be ‘woke,’ another to be awake, leaned in, and engaged.”

All 114 graduates received acceptance letters to colleges and universities across the US, The Root reported. “It’s not every day folks see a school of Black and Brown children who have closed the achievement gap,” Harlem Children’s Zone CEO Anne Williams-Isom said.

“The world is watching Harlem, but this renaissance will be different,” Williams continued during his speech. “Believe…

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