“We’re actually creating the name as we speak right now,” the 20-year-old told Samaritanmag. “Basically, I’m going to me sending computers — laptops — to kids in school right now in Jamaica. In Jamaica, the schools are kind of messed up. I plan to rebuild a lot of different schools and put in computers. We’re working it out right now.”
Kingston, who was born in America and spent his early childhood in Jamaica, had a fairly tough upbringing. He was sent to jail for 21 days at age 11 for breaking and entering and a few years later his mother and sister were incarcerated in Florida for identity fraud.
Music gave the teenager, whose real name is Kisean Anderson, something worth committing to. He borrowed a friend’s computer and joined MySpace, through which he contacted J.R. Rotem, who eventually signed and developed the young singer/rapper. His 2007 self-titled debut sold more than a million copies worldwide and he is still touring behind the follow-up, 2009's Tomorrow, currently opening for Bieber.
Notsurprisingly, the other cause Kingston has got behind is music education. In his PSA through DoSomething.org, he implores young people to “demand to keep music education in school or fight to get it back” and gives the url for SaveOurMusic.org.
For his own foundation, Kingston will be equally active. “I’m going to tweet about it, go on Facebook, tell everybody to be a part.”
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