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Watch John Legend and Steph Curry in Conversation for The More You Know
"How do we make the local government more responsive, more equitable, more fair, more able to listen to the concerns of the community and then translate those concerns into policies that will actually improve people’s lives?” Legend says.
The More You Know will return to NBC as a public service campaign with a new format that involves longer, more in-depth conversations to raise awareness and affect change about pressing social issues. “This is more about exploring different perspectives and giving people ideas and inviting them in,” Hilary Smith, executive vice president of corporate social responsibility for NBCUniversal, told The Hollywood Reporter. The revamped The More You Know will feature celebrity guests speaking about causes they are passionate about, such as mental health, climate change, childhood development, and more.
John Legend recently appeared on The More You Know to speak about his initiative HUMANLEVEL, which is an organization that aims to create racial equity within local communities. In a conversation with basketball player Steph Curry, Legend said that HUMANLEVEL was founded in response to the George Floyd protests. “The whole country was having these conversations, but so much of the work that needed to be done, needed to be done on a human level and a community level,” Legend explained.
“And so we just decided to basically raise money and fund fellows to go into communities, work in the cities, work with organizers, and try to promote equity with city government. Because so many of our allocations decisions, so many of the choices that are made about how cities are lived in and how opportunities and resources are distributed are done on the local level,” he said.
Continuing on the topic of racial equity, Legend also spoke about the significance of framing justice as rehabilitation as opposed to punishment, a goal that HUMANLEVEL strives towards. “How do we make the local government more responsive, more equitable, more fair, more able to listen to the concerns of the community and then translate those concerns into policies that will actually improve people’s lives?” he said.
To hear more inspiring conversations, the revived version of The More You Know is available for streaming on Peacock.