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Actor Flex Alexander and Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Shanice share show siz wisdom and encourage Centennial High students to succeed during a recent visit to the hub city
Over 100 Compton Unified School District (CUSD) Centennial High School students, including the Centennial Male Academy, gathered in their school’s library to hear husband-and-wife entertainers Flex Alexander and Shanice share their personal and professional experiences. The event was sponsored by nonprofits Musication, Graduating Champions, and Men of Color Changing Culture (MC3). Alexander is not only an actor, but also the creator and writer of the television show, “One on One.” Shanice, who first achieved fame on the 1980’s talent show, “Star Search,” went on to record five R&B and pop albums. She is also the songwriter of hit singles including “I Love Your Smile.” Shanice, whose full name is Shanice Wilson, said she and her husband were excited to speak to Centennial students. “It was a great experience. We always like to encourage kids. We have children ourselves, so we understand they are the future, and that it’s important to share the knowledge we have. It’s uplifting,” she noted. For Alexander, who spoke of his struggles growing up without a father, selling drugs, and almost losing his life to gun violence before focusing on his education, it was a privilege to share his story with Centennial students. “We just want to see more kids involved, and unafraid to ask questions as they keep living and learning through life. If our words touched at least a few students here today, that’s what counts.”