50 Cent said he’s excited to be part of the new Sundance series “Dream School” because the reality show focuses on uplifting people.
“Dream School,” which had its debut Monday, follows a group of high school dropouts who are trying to graduate. 50 Cent appears in the series with filmmaker Oliver Stone and actor David Arquette.
“The actual reality programs that exist right now . . . kind of focus on the train wreck, and this show is more about providing opportunity,” the 38-year-old rapper said.
The 15 teens from the Los Angeles area who appear in the designed “dream school” dropped out of high school because of issues including fighting, financial problems and pregnancy.A transgender student said bullying forced him out of school. Another student didn’t enter ninth grade to care for his cancer-stricken mother.
“I see a lot of myself in some of the kids,” said 50 Cent, who grew up in Queens. “My son is 17, and he could very well be in that situation if things didn’t have a change for the better with me. I remember . . . the obstacles of temptation in front of me.”
“Dream School,” a six-part series, also features the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, journalist Soledad O’Brien, astronaut Mae Jemison and producer-rapper Swizz Beatz. 50 Cent, who has sold millions of albums and has appeared in films, is one of the show’s executive producers.
He said Arquette made an impact on the transgender student. “The kid immediately had a connection that felt safe,” he said of the actor, whose sibling, Alexis Arquette, is transgender. “Because of [David’s] own journey, he was able to utilize his experience to make that person’s experience better, and the guy went on to graduate.”
(one hour) airs Mondays at 10 p.m. on Sundance Channel.