Usher’s curriculum with ‘swag’ could help D.C. students find their passion

Posted in Blog on 18 June 2015

The day started with a simple question: What’s your “spark”? The dozen teens, all students at Cardozo High School in Columbia Heights, shared their interests: Hip-hop, football, music, singing and pottery.

“Today is all about swag. Your swag, your talent, your spark,” said James Harris, a charismatic and heavily tattooed 25-year-old. Harris briskly paced in the front of the lecture hall. “You never know who is in the room, what they do and how they can help you.”

The program is part of Usher’s New Look, an organization started by R&B superstar Usher Raymond IV in the late 1990s as his music career was taking off.

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