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Romeo talks about recently co-starring in the romantic comedy “Jumping the Broom” and appearing as a recent contestant on the hit ABC reality series “Dancing with the Stars.”

Kam Williams | 7/6/2011, 11:51 a.m.

Romeo talks about recently co-starring in the romantic comedy “Jumping the Broom” and appearing as a recent contestant on the hit ABC reality series “Dancing with the Stars.”

Born in New Orleans on August 19, 1989, Percy Romeo Miller Jr., aka Romeo, is an entertainer, actor, entrepreneur and philanthropist. The son of businessman and music mogul Percy Miller, aka Master P, he has sold more than 10 million records as a multi-platinum music artist.

According to a detailed bio on ABC’s website, Romeo is the CEO of the multi-million dollar record company No Limit Forever, and became the youngest entertainer to top the Billboard charts at the age of 10. ABC says that Romeo has dedicated his life to giving back to the communities and helping at-risk youth with his foundation Urban Born.

His acting credits include his acclaimed television show “Romeo!” on Nickelodeon, “The Defenders,” “The Cape” and a starring role in the movie “Honey” with Jessica Alba. ABC states Romeo is not only a Hollywood superstar but is also majoring in business and film at the University of Southern California (USC).

As a freshman, he helped the school’s basketball team make USC history by winning their first PAC 10 Championship. According to ABC, Romeo says he appreciates the importance of education, which is why he remains at USC while pursuing his entertainment and business career opportunities.

What interested you in doing “Dancing with the Stars,” especially after your father fared so poorly on the program during the second season?

I wanted to do this show to show our future generation not to be afraid to fail. More and more kids are dropping out of high school and letting their dreams slip away because of failure. I felt that this show was the perfect opportunity for me to step outside of my comfort zone and take an unknown journey with my fans. I did “Dancing with the Stars” for the kids and my charity “URBANBORN” [UrbanBorn.org]. And FYI, my dad taught me all of my dance moves. [Laughs]

Tell me a little about the charity you played for.

People may not know that I’ve gone to regular school through my whole career. Education has always been the rock in my life, and I think that every kid should have the proper education and that experience. School for me has been like the real world in a bubble. Everything about school and education has built me to be the man that I am today, and I wanted to share that with our future. With UrbanBorn.org I do a lot of “Read to Achieve” events and I go to a lot of underprivileged schools to express the importance of education.

Speaking of school, how have you enjoyed USC?

College is some of the best times a kid can have. You’re able to make mistakes and learn from them without being babied by your parents. USC was the perfect school for me because I was able to be a regular student on campus.