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TED Talks Education

John Legend: "True Colors"

May 7, 2013

In a heart-melting moment, TED Talks Education host John Legend sits at the piano to sing "True Colors," giving the lyrics a special meaning for kids and teachers. "So don't be afraid / to let them show / your true colors / are beautiful, like a rainbow."

John Legend - Singer, musician, composer
With his philanthropic work, John Legend is leveraging his stardom to raise social consciousness and make a positive impact on a global scale. Full bio

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(Music)
00:13
♪ You with the sad eyes ♪
00:23
♪ Don't be discouraged ♪
00:27
♪ Oh, I realize ♪
00:30
♪ It’s hard to take courage ♪
00:33
♪ In a world full of people ♪
00:36
♪ You can lose sight of it all ♪
00:38
♪ And the darkness inside you ♪
00:41
♪ Can make you feel so small ♪
00:44
♪ But I see your true colors ♪
00:46
♪ Shining through ♪
00:49
♪ I see your true colors ♪
00:51
♪ And that's why I love you ♪
00:55
♪ So don't be afraid to let them show ♪
00:57
♪ Your true colors ♪
01:03
♪ True colors are beautiful ♪
01:06
♪ Like a rainbow ♪
01:13
♪ Show me a smile, then ♪
01:23
♪ Don't be unhappy ♪
01:27
♪ Can't remember when ♪
01:29
♪ I last saw you laughing ♪
01:32
♪ If this world makes you crazy ♪
01:34
♪ And you've taken all you can bear ♪
01:36
♪ You can call me up ♪
01:39
♪ Because you know I'll be there ♪
01:42
♪ And I'll see your true colors ♪
01:43
♪ Shining through ♪
01:47
♪ I see your true colors ♪
01:49
♪ And that's why I love you ♪
01:52
♪ So don't be afraid to let them show ♪
01:55
♪ Your true colors ♪
02:00
♪ True colors are beautiful ♪
02:03
♪ Like a rainbow ♪
02:10
♪ If this world makes you crazy ♪
02:29
♪ And you've taken all you can bear ♪
02:32
♪ You can call me up ♪
02:34
♪ Because you know I'll be there ♪
02:36
♪ And I'll see your true colors ♪
02:38
♪ Shining through ♪
02:41
♪ I see your true colors ♪
02:43
♪ And that's why I love you ♪
02:46
♪ So don't be afraid to let them show ♪
02:49
♪ Your true colors ♪
02:55
♪ True colors are beautiful ♪
02:57
♪ Like a rainbow ♪
03:03
♪ So don't be afraid to let them show ♪
03:12
♪ True colors ♪
03:18
♪ True colors ♪
03:20
♪ True colors ♪
03:23
♪ True colors are beautiful ♪
03:26
♪ Like a rainbow ♪
03:33
(Applause)
03:40
Translator:Joseph Geni
Reviewer:Morton Bast

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John Legend - Singer, musician, composer
With his philanthropic work, John Legend is leveraging his stardom to raise social consciousness and make a positive impact on a global scale.

Why you should listen

Fueled by a lean, immediate sound and a message rooted in optimism, John Legend has become a true superstar with blockbuster tours, high-profile collaborations, nine Grammys and an Oscar (for Best Original Song, “Glory” in 2015’s Selma).

Legend is well-known for his philanthropic work, which includes the Show Me Campaign, an organization that seeks to provide every child with access to a quality education. Most recently, Legend launched #FREEAMERICA, a multi-year cultural change campaign focused on ending mass incarceration. As a respected artist, Legend is using his platform to engage stakeholders from all areas of the criminal justice system to work towards that goal.

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