by Lekan Olanrewaju
Pop star, Lady Gaga launched her new “empowerment” foundation at Harvard University on Wednesday .
She was joined by Oprah Winfrey; spiritual leader, Deepak Chopra and Health and Human Services Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius to kick off the ‘Born This Way Foundation’.
“I believe that if you have revolutionary potential, you must make the world a better place and use it,” Gaga said at the event.
Gaga wished that there was a law to make people be kind to one another. “I wish there was because, you know, I’d be chained naked to a fence somewhere trying to pass it.”
She reportedly made a $1.2 million personal contribution to the foundation, named after her 2011 album and hit song- both of which are meant to promote self-empowerment. She said she received an onslaught of letters and emails after the album was released, from people who said such things as, “I want there to be more tolerance in the universe. I want there to be more acceptance.”
Winfrey who interviewed the singer on stage about the foundation said she supports the foundation because its message aligns with many of her core beliefs, including kindness, compassion, empowerment and acceptance.
Gaga said that her mother, Cynthia Germanotta, inspired her to start the foundation. Germanotta will serve as its president.
“She is the sole reason that I am here today.” Gaga said. “She has always believed in me. She has always been my support, and she makes me want to inject that sense of family and support into the world,”
The foundation is reportedly working with a new media agency to create a social media environment that fosters its goals.
She said the “Born Brave Bus” will follow her tour bus around the country and will “welcome anyone ” to “talk about love, acceptance, kindness” and other goals of the foundation.
“I want this to be an organisation where you all feel involved,” she said.