Pharrell is launching a new MasterClass on racism, social justice

From the musician that showed us how to be “Happy” comes a new life lesson on empathy.

Pharrell Williams, in a partnership with MasterClass and Uninterrupted, released a six-minute mini MasterClass episode on the much more in-depth topics of empathy, racism, and social justice. Williams, 47, tweeted the news on Nov. 11 and the full video is available now to stream on the Uninterrupted website.

The MasterClass deck is packed with over 90 classes, teaching everything from how to be a great writer, to a potential course in curse words from Samuel L. Jackson. A monthly subscription costs $15, or $180 for a full year.

This is the first episode of many in the new series called “The Power You Hold.”

The series will examine “issues of social injustice and systemic racism, offering education and inspiration on ways to impact change,” reads the banner on the Uninterrupted website.

“Empathy’s greatest potential is equality for all mankind. We’ve never seen that. We don’t know what that looks like. It’s never happened. Because equal means equal,” said Williams, ending his powerful class.

Speaking of a social justice business focus, Williams also released a new song, “Entrepreneur,” in which he collaborated with Jay-Z to celebrate Black pioneers. The music video, which was released in August during the surge of the Black Lives Matter protests, featured Black celebrity entrepreneurs like Tyler the Creator, Issa Rae and a moment of silence for the late Nipsey Hussle. The rest of the video was dedicated to sharing the stories of other Black business owners.

William’s MasterClass is just the first from the new film series, and while the rest of the episodes have yet to be announced, a new class from Issa Rae has been posted on the site, slated to go live in January 2021. The rest of “The Power You Hold” series will be available on the Uninterrupted site and potentially on MasterClass, so stay tuned as to not miss the next release.

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