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Platinum-selling artist Big Sean is focused on more than just rhymes these days.
Over the weekend, the 31-year-old rapper returned home to Detroit to host the first ever 'Moguls in the Making' event. In an effort to teach young people the importance of financial literacy, Big Sean's own Sean Anderson Foundation partnered with Ally Financial and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund to host the entrepreneurial competition.
“Financial literacy isn’t really taught so much in school as it should be,” Big Sean tells Forbes
. “That’s something that I missed out on, and later on in life was one of the most important factors [in] handling my business.”
The competition, which included five teams of college students from ten different universities, challenged the young entrepreneurs to address market needs while providing solutions in areas regarding education, real estate, and employment.
Students from Florida A&M won the competition, each earning $5,000 in scholarship money, an internship at Ally Financial, and an Apple laptop.
Big Sean has been quiet on the music front recently. In February, Big Sean collaborated with fellow Detroit rapper Icewear Vezzo on, "Balance,"
marking Sean's first feature since YG's 2018 single "Big Bank."
Following a period of internet silence, Big Sean returned to social media in March discussing his mental health, the need for clarity, and his journey to rediscovering unconditional love.
"I started realizing that you can't give or depend on somebody for love or a good time and all that if you can't give it to yourself," Big Sean tells fans on Instagram
. "In the midst of that, I definitely rediscovered myself and, you know, found a whole new energy. And me being a source of it – not somebody else."
"Then I started getting back to the making the music and it started being fun again. I'm making the best music of my life."
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