Nick Cannon Has A Big Year Ahead—In The Classroom And The Boardroom

On an overcast November morning in Washington, D.C., Nick Cannon was busy, as one would expect of the multihyphenate who jockeys every morning on the radio, hosts two hit competition series and a podcast, is producing and directing two movies, and tours with a stand-up show. But he wasn’t thinking about his next interview or camera angles. Instead, as his red eye from Los Angeles landed, finals were on his mind, specifically the one he had at 5 p.m. for a public health and society class at Howard University, where he enrolled as a full-time student in 2016. “I felt like there was this emptiness that was revealed to me when I was watching my children go through their learning process and their schooling,” he says.Criminology and administration of justice may seem like an odd choice of major for someone who’s spent his whole career in the entertainment industry, but the spirit of Howard—walking the same hallways as Stokely Carmichael and Toni Morrison—reignited his interest in activism. “Howard is the mecca...it's truly an oasis for the black community,” he says, adding that his minor is African-American studies. “When I'm speaking on Black Lives Matter or the injustices in our law enforcement, I have a different pep in my step... I'm not just another celebrity speaking... it's allowed me to be well educated and well versed in the things that I truly stand for.” He’s set to get his degree this May and hopes to follow it up with a masters in psychology, but—as seems to be the trend with the ever-juggling Cannon—graduating won’t be his only accomplishment in 2020. In the fall, his syndicated talk show will debut on Fox broadcast networks, where he already hosts The Masked Singer. Like many other top-paid TV hosts, Cannon has moved on from only being the face of a series—he previously hosted America’s Got Talent and a handful of Nickelodeonshows—to taking a bigger role behind the scenes. He’s signed on to produce both his talk show and the Masked Singer through his Ncredible Productions, meaning he’ll not only collect a salary, but also get a cut of the profits. Projects produced by Ncredible generated over $100 million in revenue last year—he also produces MTV’s Wild ‘N Out—and that’s expected to double this year. via Forbes.com

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