R&B crooner Ne-Yo is no stranger to success but he’s also not afraid to use his fame for a good cause.
Over the weekend, Ne-Yo hosted his second annual Compound Foundation “Fostering A Legacy” benefit held in the East Hamptons of New York, where he honored the entrepreneurial achievements of legendary actor Louis Gossett, Jr. and celebrity photographer Johnny Nunez.
BOSSIP was in the building for the event and caught up with Ne-Yo, who talked briefly about how hands on he is with the Compound Foundation’s mission to provide foster children with resources needed to successfully pursue entrepreneurship:
“As far as our CEO Academy competition, I’m a judge every year and I’m always there to give my 2 cents to make sure that these kids understand that, yes, we’re doing this for you but, this is not a world where things are handed to you. It’s not a world where people look out. It’s not fair, and it aint right but, then again, life aint fair. I’m there to make sure the kids understand that.
So, I’m very, very hands on. This is not, ‘let me pass the problem off to my team.’ I’m busy myself so, you know, I gotta move around and do what I do but, whenever I can, I’m always there to help out.”
In addition to Estelle, Bridget Kelly and Compound artists RaVaughn and Adrienne Bailon who all brought out their fashion A-game to support the cause, Ne-Yo’s ex-fiance and babymama Monyetta Shaw was also in the building…
….along with comedian Kevin Hart and fellow R&B singers Mario and Luke James, who both hit the stage for surprise performances towards the end of the night.
Roc Nation newcomer Bridget Kelly slayed the stage as the event’s first performer and we caught up with her just before her performance, where she dished on her impact on children as an entertainer and how she feels about competing with the likes of fellow Roc Nation affiliates Rihanna, Melanie Fiona and Beyonce.
Hit the flip to hear what she had to say and peep more pics from the event.