On the heels of the recent release of Fast 9, actor and singer, Tyrese Gibson, has launched a brand new partnership with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund in order to invest in Black education. To jumpstart the partnership, Voltron Travel LLC, of which Gibson is CEO and President, has pledged $100,000 of its profits based on a percentage of net sales.
The recently relaunched online travel platform powered by Priceline® Partner Network is currently the first and only Black-owned service of its kind dedicated to providing an exceptional booking experience for people of colour. Gibson launched the service after his experience of growing up in South Central and travelling for the first time.
“I did not travel beyond South Central L.A. until I was a teen”, he explains. “When I did, I became more worldly: new traditions, cultures, landmarks, beaches and wealth. One flight became a feeling that I never wanted to stop. Voltron Travel is how I share this with you. See what I saw and feel how I felt – the world is yours.”
For Gibson, the synergies with the fund were obvious.
“Partnering with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund is a true privilege”, he explains. “Voltron Travel is fully committed to empowering Black excellence by investing in the next generation of entrepreneurs and leaders.”
The partnership is also win-win for the fund who has awarded over $300 million to Black schools and students since its inception.
“This exciting partnership with Voltron Travel is another example of the diverse set of global partners that value and want to make significant investments in the development and success of minority students through the Thurgood Marshall College Fund,” TMCF Vice President of Development Betsy Burton-Strunk said. “We applaud Tyrese Gibson and Voltron Travel for their commitment to the Black College Community.”