Singer, songwriter and actor International Nova recently took a break from his entertainment career to speak to a group of middle school students about the dangers of drugs. International Nova, known for recent hits such as “Pa Mi” and “Dime,” was invited to speak at Lithonia Middle School in the Atlanta area as part of Red Ribbon Week, on Oct 24th during a national drug abuse awareness campaign. This was his first time speaking to this age group, and he gladly accepted the invite. His presentation included details about growing up in the Bronx neighborhood of New York City.
Life was rough at times, and there were a lot of drugs and crime around his community, but he shared how he tried to focus on music, something that provided a positive outlet that helped keep him out of trouble. He was part of several musical groups growing up, and eventually decided to move to Atlanta to pursue solo music and acting projects. International Nova also talked about tougher topics including sharing some of the bad things that happened to childhood friends who made different choices and took different life paths.
He also encouraged the students to think of themselves as leaders, rather than followers. This means thinking about how their actions appear to others, especially important people in their lives like younger siblings and others who look to them for guidance and as role models. The entertainer acknowledged that kids today face challenges that weren’t part of his world, such as social media and cyberbullying.
Even COVID was a unique experience for their childhood. But whatever the situation or environment, International Nova said there’s always room for people who are proud of being a little different and those who want to make their own mark in life and society. It’s not always going to be easy, but it is possible to make a difference in people’s lives by staying away from drugs. International Nova continues looks for ways to give back, no matter how big he gets or how many people stream his music.
For the last few years, he’s enjoyed being a brand ambassador for the LifeLine Animal Project, an animal welfare organization in Georgia that includes shelters and other pet resources. He has also partnered with a variety of nonprofits, including organizations which gathers materials for back-to-school backpacks for at-risk youth; and Eli Motherhood Foundation, which helped establish a scholarship for first-generation underprivileged Hispanic college students interested in music or the arts.
To learn more about International Nova, follow @internationalnova on social media.