Fantasia, Ludacris, Shaq Support Education with "Get Schooled" Campaign

Fantasia for "Get Schooled" campaign
Fantasia for "Get Schooled" campaign

NEW YORK (CBS) Singer Fantasia, rapper Ludacris and NBA star Shaquille O'neal are each lending their voices to support the educational campaign, "Get Schooled."

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The three stars are participating in the national program, which is in partnership with Viacom and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, to help promote the importance of education while aiming to increase high school and college graduation rates.

Their messages about education will also be featured on the "Tastemaker," the first ever social media reality competition on MSN.com, hosted by Shira Lazar. Along with the four remaining contestants, the show is challenging the viewers to create their own public service announcement (PSA) to promote the "Get Schooled" campaign, using the graphics and messages from the three celebs and the supplied director's toolkit.

"School wasn't easy for me but going back and finishing my high school degree is something I'm really really proud of," Fantasia said in one of the clips. "Don't give up on your education and don't give up on yourself."

"Maybe you can rap like me, maybe you can act like me but if you can't think then you won't get anywhere," Ludacris insisted. "If you want to make a name for yourself than the first thing is getting an education."

Upload your PSA before Tuesday, Oct. 5,  at midnight, and your video could get picked and seen on MTV.  Winners will be revealed on the show Thursday, Oct. 7.

For more information, go to www.tastemaker.msn.com