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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Usher receives Ford Freedom Scholar honor in Detroit

Usher honored at Detroit awards program at Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

DETROIT -- Usher Raymond IV has found success in the
entertainment industry as an R&B recording star and in business as part owner of the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers.

He also gets excited about working with young people.

Usher was honored Thursday in Detroit for his work as an
entrepreneur and for the efforts of his youth mentoring New Look Foundation.

He told The Associated Press, "Something inside of me wanted to mentor youth, like myself. Kids who were maybe not as likely to succeed."

The 31-year-old Usher has been named the Ford Freedom Award Scholar and attended the 12th annual Ford Freedom Award program Thursday evening in Detroit.

Ford Motor Co. and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African
American History launched the awards program in 1999.