Doing Good In The Hood: Rappers and Thanksgiving Charities

November 22, 2007 at 10:47 pm (Doing good in the hood, Hip Hop, Music, The South, West Coast Rap)

I guess rappers aren’t such bad people after all. Of course you could have known that by reading some of the other articles on this site, but I digress. Thanksgiving is a time of year to spend with your family. Even though it’s supposed to be joyous, there are some who are disadvantaged economically, so they aren’t as able to enjoy today as much as others. Thankfully for them, the hip hop nation has recognized this, and several rappers are doing various things to help out the underprivileged in their communities.

ti.jpgTI, despite being on house arrest, is doing a lot this Thanksgiving to help out Atlanta. He donated 400 turkeys to needy families in Atlanta, helped raise over $150,000 (with the help of other celebrities such as Wyclef and Busta Rhymes) for the Hosea Williams “Feed the Hungry” foundation, and is hosting Thanksgiving dinner tonight at Atlanta’s Club Crucial from 6 – 9 pm. Despite what backpackers and haters may think, this act has nothing to do with his gun cases. He does a lot for ATL on a regular basis, and he and his uncle help rebuild houses for area residents.

ludacris.jpgHis formal rival Ludacris is also giving to Atlanta. Last Friday, the Ludacris foundation, ran by his mother Roberta Shields, hosted a turkey giveaway at New Piney Grove Baptist Church in Decatur, GA. They are also planning to host a Thanksgiving dinner for 450 of the area’s senior citizens. He’s been doing this for the past 5 years, while the Oprahs and Bill O’ Rielys have been blaming him for the downfall of American society.

chingy.jpgSt Louis Rapper Chingy has also been doing his thing this holiday season. Through his non-profit organization “Chingy for Change”, Chingy has been supplying Thanksgiving meals for less fortunate families in the St Louis area. A few months ago he recently gave away several scholarships to St Louis youth with the help of Hip hop pioneer Russell Simmons, and this year he plans to donate Christmas toys for the local boys and girl’s club. I don’t listen to Chingy, but it’s good to see him giving back to his community.

LA rapper Glasses Malone is also helping out on the westcoast. In what he said was the first of several initiatives to help improve conditions in the Ghetto, Glasses Malone hosted a turkey giveaway at music store “Vip Records”.

Seeing this stuff makes me wonder though…what are all these country and rock stars, who are supposed to be so much more better than us, doing to help out thier communities? Better what, what is Bill O’Riely doing to help out?



  1. Jacqueline Caron said,

    For any man or woman convicted of a crime, successfully completing their
    sentence, along with any assigned parole or probation, is just the
    beginning. After their release from confinement, they are faced with re-
    integrating themselves back into their community – often in the same area
    and with the same influences that provided them opportunity to break the law
    in the first place.

    Their search for employment is often stonewalled by the fact that they now
    have a conviction on their record. Employers performing a routine search
    find the negative information, and unless they are part of a progressive
    federal or state program, or willing to give the applicant a second chance,
    the applicant is put at the bottom of the list of candidates – if they
    remain on the list at all.

    The goal of improving their own economic status and fighting the impulse to
    return to their former ways is complicated further by the fact that even
    advanced education – like a master’s degree – is often not enough to
    convince a potential employer to give them another chance.
    Apartment leases, home mortgages, opening a bank account or a credit card,
    and many other processes that non-offenders take for granted are often
    closed to these individuals. This situation continues for as long as the
    conviction stays on their record, and with the advent of computers, the
    information is even easier to find.

    How long is long enough for a person convicted of a crime, who has
    successfully completed their parole and / or probation, to continue to pay
    for that crime? Please support this cause and lets work together to push that everyone who has successfully turned their life around have a 2nd chance to live life to the fullest across the United States

    Jacqueline Caron, Founder / Chairwoman
    Connecticut Pardon Team, Inc.
    P.O. Box 807 ~ 307 Main Street
    Norwich, Connecticut 06360
    Toll-free: 1-866-251-3810
    Local (Norwich): 1-860-823-1571

  2. randi said,

    Hey 🙂 i lovvvve chingy

    • tim said,

      hell ya brother

  3. jacob said,

    hey i just feel yo voup

  4. dorcas said,

    hey u look so cute

  5. tim said,

    chingy rocks dem jeans baby

  6. tim said,

    chingy is the best one out there and his song dem jeans rocks look it up on youtube.

  7. KIARA said,


  8. hey friennsds yeah said,

    ghrgh yaehhhhhhhhhhhh

  9. jasmynemcinnis said,

    hi ludchirs i love you

  10. Nyak Gala said,

    Its been a while since I heard from Chingy its good to know he doing good.

  11. iceman said,

    soon god will bless us all!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Laido said,

    I love T.I and Chingy forever and for always……..


  13. payon said,

    i want be is your friend

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