Paine College, musician CeeLo Green gift entire student body with Android tablets

Paine College is providing its students with a free electronic tablet, and the school harnessed some star power to help make it happen. 

Students erupted into applause Friday as school officials announced during Paine’s 140th Fall Convocation that all students attending the college through federal Pell Grants will receive 32-gigabyte Android tablets. 

Each tablet, formatted and distributed by Atlanta-based internet service provider Moolah Wireless, comes with 12 months of free internet connectivity. 

Paine College President Dr. Cheryl Evans Jones speaks during Paine College’s opening fall convocation at the school. Paine College announced that, with the help of CeeLo Green and Moolah Wireless, they will be able to provide free tablets to all Pell Grant students.Katie Goodale, Augusta Chronicle USA TODAY NETWORK

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This gift-giving story might sound familiar. On Aug. 15, rapper T.I. – an investor in Moolah Wireless – helped distribute the company’s tablets to students at Atlanta’s Morris Brown College. 

At Paine College, singer-songwriter CeeLo Green became the school’s Distinguished Artist-in-Residence in 2021. 

“We said, ‘OK, Atlanta has T.I. We have CeeLo,’” said J.R. Henderson, a member of Paine’s Board of Trustees. “So we picked up the phone and called CeeLo Green and said, ‘You know something? We want to do exactly what we saw another college do.’” 

Green could not attend Friday’s convocation but spoke encouragingly to the gathering at Paine’s HEAL Complex in a brief recorded video.

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