Fast, Furious, Philanthropist

I think we can all agree that Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson is the definition of a hunk. He has arms that could break necks and a smile that could break hearts.

(Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision/AP)
(Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision/AP)

If you don’t know who the Rock is, let me give you a quick run down. He pulled himself out of trouble as a teenager with a football scholarship and later started his career as a professional wrestler (and heavyweight champion) before moving onto movie sets. Most recently he appeared in the past few “Fast and Furious” movies, starred in “San Andres,” and kickstarted a role in an HBO series “Ballers.”

Following the Rock on Instagram is the best and worst decision I’ve made in my social media life. The best is when he posts videos of himself lifting weights, pausing to yell at himself in the mirror, he then shoots the camera a cheeky wink, and continues to lift. There’s nothing better than a wink from the Rock that you can’t help but feel is just for you! The worst is seeing noisy posts about his football HBO series 17 times a week with little new content to share.

Although I love the gym selfies, I love the way the Rock uses his influence to target the futures of underprivileged, at-risk youth even more. With 26 million followers on Instagram and 9.26 million on twitter, he carries Screen Shot 2015-09-06 at 2.14.39 PMgreat potential to make waves in the lives of America’s youth. In February of this year, he teamed up with the Dade County Correction and Rehabilitation Department in Miami, Florida to film a documentary called “Rock & a Hard Place.” The film follows young men through a six-month, high-intensive bootcamp that turns boys convicted of armed robbery and attempted murder into productive, civil members of society. This particular correction facility retains a low 9% re-incarceration rate compared to the national average of 70%. Between posts of weightlifting and tattoos, Mr. Johnson generously posts pictures and videos of the men that emerge from the program he once needed himself.

Screen Shot 2015-09-06 at 10.07.47 PM“Rock & a Hard Place” will hopefully start conversations on how to drop recidivism rates across the nation. Check back next week for another star who uses her social influence for those less fortunate!

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2 thoughts on “Fast, Furious, Philanthropist

  1. I had no idea that the re-incarcenation rate throughout the US is 70% and I also had no idea that the Rock was so involved in working with underprivileged young men. I love the theme of your blog and can’t wait to read about other celebrities giving back.

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  2. This entry was rock solid. I often take great blogs for GRANITE, but not this one. I loved hearing the backstory of The Rock’s social accounts, previous life, and how he is using each to transform the next generation!

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