Selfless Snaps: High School Students Use JT’s ‘Suit & Tie’ To Take Down Racism

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Music can inspire change, and music can also make a great soundtrack for people inspiring change! Justin Timberlake is thrilled that his song “Suit & Tie” is being used as a way to take down harmful stereotypes about young minority men.

JT tweeted:

As The Root explains, African American and Hispanic young men from Central High School in Illinois made their own music vid, “Suit & Tie in the 217.” Tiffany Gholson, a counselor who aided the students, said, “The negative stories told daily in the media and in our culture about our young African American men tend to ignore their successes and don’t tell the full story about how young black men are becoming leaders within our community schools. In this video, our students reclaim the narrative of who they are and inspire other students to follow in their footsteps.”

+ Watch Suit & Tie in the 217

With Justin crooning in the background, the students in the vid strut their stuff in suits and ties. Sometimes writing comes over the screen, and it says things like, “We Are Employees and Volunteers,” “We Are Scholars,” and “We Are Athletes.”

The video ends by saying, “The students used in this video are successful student scholars, athletes, and representatives for our schools. They are National Honor Society members, Honor Roll members, future collegiate athletes, and future college students at several Big Ten Universities. They are also Eagle Scouts, military personnel, and poets. They are the class of 2014 and 2015.”

No wonder Justin is such a fan . . . and no wonder he’s honored that his music was chosen for this!

Photo: (Getty)

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