Tyrese Gibson

*Tyrese has taken a break from harassing radio stations about not playing his music to perform a charitable deed in the form of investing $50,000 into the education of Compton teen Lorenzo Murphy, also known as Zo The Motivator. Murphy will use the funds to pay for tuition at Atlanta’s Morehouse College.

Zo took to Instagram Wednesday to boast that he’s college bound thanks to Tyrese, writing: “As of today I begin my journey as a Man of Morehouse. I am beyond grateful and thankful to be apart of such great legacy. None of this would be possible without God, @tyrese, the support from my family and of course, my relentless hard work.”

Tyrese, a Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter and actor, attended Florida A&M, a historically black university. He credits radio host Tom Joyner for being the motivation behind his recent act of charity. Back in June, BET honored Joyner with the 2015 Humanitarian Award for his contributions to HBCUs and the thousands of students impacted by The Tom Joyner Foundation.

Inspired by Tom’s passion to give back to the community, Tyrese wrote a heartfelt message on Instagram dedicated to the radio pioneer.

Get more information about Tom’s foundation here and check out Tyrese’s In Studio Jam here.

Why did I decide to put this young kid from Compton through college?? Because I #dream with my eyes OPEN and this year I watch this true legend get UP on stage and give the most moving speech about WHY he has raised and donated over 65 million dollars and put close to 30,000 african american kids into college and I decided at that MOMENT I needed to DO something……. It’s all about the #Start and this young kid is #StraightOuttaCompton and he started his first day in college yesterday – Tom Joyner sir you ARE a legend and you HAVE impacted our world – 30,000 young sharp minds have an opportunity to be SIGNIFICANT in their lives because of you….. BET honored that day but you should be blessed and honored ALL YEAR for what YOU do on behalf of others….. Shout to @zothemotivator HBCU #MoreHouseCollege Walking the same grounds at Dr Martin Luther King Jr – you did the WORK ANS EARNED your slot….. Make up proud Zo please make us proud!! (( go online now and Google the Tom Joyner HBCU organization he’s paying full scholarships )…. Go now!!!! Sign up!!! Life changing angel Tom is….!!!!

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