Learning from the Beauties! Keke Palmer & Alicia Quarles School Youth

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What does Cinderella and an E! news reporter have in common? Secrets to success.

Keke Palmer and E! News’ Alicia Quarles (who got Raven-Symone to admit she’s from every continent in Africa, ‘memba that?) talked to 60 handpicked NYC high school kids at MTV.

The kick it with Keke session was part of an on-going cycle of celeb talks from Get Schooled, a non-profit org motivating students to stay in school by recruiting “influencers” aka our fave celebs to instruct them to keep their heads in the books.

Keke was no different. She told the teens–awarded the event for motivating their younger classmates to stay on the academic fast track–to stay focused on their goals just as much as they do their Instagram pages.

“You’re reality is what’s around you. We get so caught up in Instagram and social media you forget about life around you.”

No one will forget Keke’s breakout solo.

Or, her demonstration on the evolution of twerking. Don’t take notes on that one kiddies.

But, you can quote red-carpet maven Alicia Quarles when she advised networking as the method to get ahead.

“One piece I learned was to network and to keep in contact with the people you meet.”

I hope you guys got business cards. I would…

Christina Milian, Sway and Chance the Rapper ‘Get Schooled’

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In honor of MLK day of service, Chance the rapper and Sway visited Malcolm X College in Chicago to help donate $100,000 to Chicago Public Schools.

Chance, a Chi-town native, took part in the first annual Get Schooled, Get Connected Challenge event.

The educational initiative was in celebration of the whiz kids that aced a series of “quests” related to digital literacy and college prep.

The future techies were awarded laptops, gaming consoles and fitness gear for completing over 50,000 quests. And if free swag isn’t enough of a motivator, Internet Essentials presented a $100,000 check to divide among six high schools used to boost digital literacy in schools through new computer labs and WiFi coverage.

christinamiliaswayChristina Milian made a surprise appearance to the event.

“It means a lot when celebs come to the city and give back to a community they aren’t from,” says Chance, recently named “Outstanding Youth of the Year” by Chicago’s mayor, Rahm Emmanuel, for his activist work in combating youth violence in Chicago.The “Acid Rap” rapper received a plaque for his good works last year.

At the Get Schooled, Get Connected event, Chance talked to kids about how he used the Internet to build his music and brand and social media to boost his network.

Great way to honor MLK, Chance.