Reported by Ashley Naples
Although he has been known as a respected music producer for decades, Pharrell Williams seems to have finally claimed his stake in the music industry in 2014. He topped the Billboard charts with two number one singles, “Blurred Lines” and “Happy,” that dominated the airwaves and inspired millions of people around the world to film their own rendition of the popular songs. Pharrell was so touched by this that he cried during an interview with Oprah.
Adding on to his list of accomplishments in 2014 is his appointment to serve on the Board of Directors for Harlem’s famed Apollo Theater. Wealthy corporate mogul Richard Parsons, who serves as the chairman of the board for the historic theater, released a statement exuding his excitement for bringing Pharrell on the board, alongside five other notable professionals from various career fields: “I couldn’t be more pleased to welcome these six individuals to the Apollo Board. It is such a wonderfully diverse group of professionals, each representing the very best in their respective fields. They all understand the incredible legacy of the Apollo’s contributions to American culture and are equally committed to investing in its future. I know that the collective knowledge and insight of these new Board members will be a wonderful and valuable addition as we guide the Theater forward.”
Jonelle Procope, President and CEO of the Apollo Theater, also expressed gratitude for her new board members: “As a cultural and economic anchor for the Harlem community, and a driving force for shaping so many up-and-coming artists today, we rely on the visionary leadership of our Board of Directors to help ensure we fulfill every aspect of our mission. We are so pleased to welcome Bob, Jason, Carolyn, Charles, Pharrell, and Bronson to our Board of distinguished leaders.”
The others who have joined the board are New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, Jason L. Matthews, Carolyn Minick Mason, Charles Phillips, and Bronson van Wyck.
Plans for the theater have not been made public, but it’s expected to make a larger-than-life return.