Celebrities Attend Ne-Yo’s Second Annual “Fostering A Legacy” Benefit
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.
BOSSIP chatted it up with NY native Bridget Kelly and she opened up about how it feels to compete with fellow Roc Nation songstresses Rihanna, Melanie Fiona and Beyonce. Check out her response below:
On her connection to Ne-Yo’s Compound Foundation:
“I think overall as an artist, I feel it’s part of my purpose to inspire and encourage kids that are aspiring to be whatever [they want to be.] Kids always have dreams and I think we need to continue to inspire them and let them know that we’re here to help them get to the next step.”
On being at Roc Nation and competing with Rihanna, Melanie Fiona and Beyonce:
“You know what, it’s a lot of pressure! [laughs] A lot of pressure to be great all the time. But really, it’s encouraging and very relieving to know that I’m a part of a squad of people who really support the integrity of my artistry and the quality of my music. I feel like, it’s not a factory; we’re not just making music for the sake of being robots. It’s really a genuine craft.”
Peep more pics from the event, including a shot of Ne-Yo with his mother and at the benefit brunch with Monyetta and his children, below.