Hip-hop princess Ashanti was paid $20,000 to speak to kids at Atlantic City High School. The city, which was celebrating its multicultural festival, did not pay for the singer; the school did.
“She was paid like any other vendor,” said Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum Donna Haye. The Grammy-Award singer led assemblies for seventh and eighth-graders, had private meetings with students and made an appearance on the school’s radio station. Her message: stay in school.
When questioned about the exorbitant fee, officials at the school claimed that the payment was normal for celebrities who visit the school.
How much educational equipment could be bought with $20,000?