CGI/MTV giving event
Former president Bill Clinton played Harlem's legendary Apollo Theater last night, but he wasn't tooting his saxophone.
Clinton joined music stars Bono, Shakira and Alicia Keyes and
comedian Chris Rock for a roundtable discussion on youth activism.
"You have to be a citizen student, a giver," Clinton told the younger
members of the audience as he announced the Clinton Global
Initiative's first youth summit, called CGI U, planned for next year
at Tulane University in New Orleans.
Like the three-day initiative's philanthropic summit last week, the
college version aims to bring together attendees to tackle global
issues such as sustainable development and poverty.
"All my life, I've wanted to play the Apollo, but they only invited
me to amateur night, and I don't want to get hooked offstage," Clinton joked.
But he turned serious, adding, "We're here because young people have more power to change the world now, more than in the past."
Rock said, "College has been about girls gone wild in the '90s, but
it should be about people gone wild helping other people."
The evening included several performances, including Wyclef Jean
singing, "Vote for Me, Wyclef for President."
The special will air on MTV at 8pm Friday, October 12