Just as comedian and Philadelphia native Kevin Hart donated to the cash-strapped school district for which he came, fellow natives Boyz II Men said they would also like to help the cause. They just haven't yet been asked. The bespectacled Wanya Morris said no city official has reached out to any member of the Grammy-Award winning group. "And I'm hoping," Morris said. "I would love for somebody to contact me. I still live here, so I'd be open to whatever it takes." The Philadelphia-natives returned to their roots Tuesday when —as part of SiriusXM's "Up Close & Personal"series — theyperformed a show at their alma mater, the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, in the South Philadelphia school's auditorium. The free concert coincided with the launch of their latest album, "Collide." The trio, formerly a quartet, met and formed their group while attending the arts high school in the late 1980s. Understanding how large a role the district's high school played in the group's formation and success, Wanya Morris said he's "Had some discussions with some friends of mine to see if there's a way to help," with the school's funding crisis. "I think not just the education system itself has been forgotten but performing arts has been completely forgotten," Morris added. He said that the group complains about the quality of the music that the next generation of musicians are putting out. "And it's nobody's fault but ours," he said.
Singer Shawn Stockman saw the some 200 CAPA and Science and Leadership Academy students who stood up in protest for their teachers last week. And he offered them some advice Tuesday: "Keep protesting." "The more people that are bringing this to a head where the public can't ignore it the better," he said. "So, please, keep pushing. Because these teachers need it, the students need it, the city needs it, whether they see it or not." Follow Tommy Rowan on Twitter: @tommyrowan