Though he’s known for his funny jokes, Mike Epps knows illiteracy is no laughing matter. So the comedian and his wife Michelle are focusing improving the lives of at risk youth through a new literacy initiative called the Michael and Mechelle Epps Foundation!

The husband and wife team have launched the Michael and Mechelle Epps Foundation to help educate the millions of Americans who cannot read or write.

According to statistics, there are more than 42 million Americans who can not read, write or do simple math. The duo have teamed up at the right time to make a change.

“We decided to start the foundation because we know a lot of kids could be great adults, if they had the proper support as children,” Epps told All Hip Hop in a statement. “Last year, NBC reported that nearly 1.2 million teens hit the street every year unable to read or write.”

To help promote their foundation’s initiative, the couple linked with rapper Queen Pen to visit students in Harlem, New York and adolescents in the Institute for Inner Development at Rikers Island. The team is planning to hit up other major cities to spread the word,including Epps’ hometown of Indianapolis, Indiana.

Mike Epps is hilarious and it’s great to see him become serious about something that is very important in the world!

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