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Boyz II Men Helps Give Back To Their Hometown Of Philadelphia

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By Jimmy Ha

90s R&B isn’t something to be mentioned without including Philadelphia’s own Boyz II Men. Hits like “End Of The Road,” “On Bended Knee,” “Water Runs Dry”, and of course “One Sweet Day (featuring Mariah Carey)” were not only chart-toppers then, but still receive tons of love to this day.

They’ve traveled around the world for 25 years performing for millions of fans. But, the members never forget their hometown of Philadelphia. The trio recently took part in a $100,000 donation to school music programs.

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Philadephia was stoked that the trio returned back 'home'. The Philadelphia Inquirer spoke directly with Grammy award-winning member Wanye and asked him about how it felt to be performing back in his hometown of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

“It feels good. … We’ve been doing this for a long time. It’s a Boyz II Men II show, so to be able to commemorate that time with a show of such stature, it makes good sense,” he said. “And it’s a great notch in our belt.”

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Their recent show in Philadelphia was sold out and the group received tons of love from their fellow ‘Philadelphians’.

The people of Philadelphia are known to be a community that shows love to celebrities that had their upbringings there. Acts like Musiq Soulchild, Kevin Hart, and Lil Dicky are some that have always praised the city for their loyalty whenever they visit the city.

And the trio is definitely no exception, and so they decided to show their gratitude towards the city by giving back to the community that helped them with their initial start.

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Boyz II Men was formed in the late 80’s while the members Wanye Morris, Sean Stockman, Nathan Morris, and former members Michael McCary, and Marc Nelson were in high school and attending the Creative and Performing Arts School in Philadelphia also known as CAPA.

The members have said that without the program, they wouldn’t be where they are today. But unfortunately, the music programs in the Philadelphia school system have been struggling financially. And so, the timing of the group’s donation couldn’t have been better for the current students enrolled in the School District of Philadelphia.

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The Grammy Award-winning group partnered with Live Nation and Revered Mark Hatcher from Holy Ghost Ministries to officially present a $110,000 donation to the School District of Philadelphia at The Met in Philadelphia. The donation will primary go to helping support music programs in schools.

Fans and former Philadelphia ‘neighbors’ of the group have shown gratitude of the group’s donation and students are honored to receive a donation from the grammy award-winning group.

Boyz II Men continues to perform on weekends at their residency in Las Vegas at the Mirage.

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