T.I., SZA, Cardi B & More Bring Holiday Joy To Their Communities

Written By Chris Samuel

Hip-Hop Gives Back

Christmas time is approaching, and the rap community is embracing the spirit of giving by delivering gifts and spreading holiday cheer. Artists like T.I. and Cardi B give back to their communities just in time for the holidays.

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T.I. Surprises Families In Need With Holiday Giveaway In Atlanta

T.I. showcased the season’s true spirit as he surprised needy families with a heartwarming holiday giveaway. The Atlanta rapper appeared at various charities and programs to spread holiday joy.

T.I. Gives Back

The  “Whatever You Like” rapper joined the 8th Annual Harris Community Works Holiday Caravan on Dec. 20. 

T.I. made appearances at various charities and programs, spreading joy and bringing smiles to the faces of women, children, and participants of youth diversion programs in Atlanta. At three different stops across the city, T.I. teamed up with the Atlanta Hawks to provide a special treat for participants of the Next Level Boys Academy diversion program. 

The rapper not only surprised them with Hawks tickets and merchandise but also gave them a memorable shopping spree, making their holiday season even more memorable.

In a touching gesture, Congresswoman Nikema Williams joined T.I. at My Sister’s House, a shelter for homeless women and their families. There, the families were overjoyed to receive toys and Visa gift cards, allowing them to create special moments with their loved ones during the holiday season.

The Project Pinnacle Diversion Program

The final stop of the holiday caravan was the Project Pinnacle Diversion Program, a transformative year-long initiative aimed at granting second chances to non-violent juvenile felons. T.I. attended the program’s graduation ceremony and had the honor of handing out diplomas to the deserving participants. 

The program offers anger management and skill-building classes, empowering young individuals to shape a brighter future for themselves. Reflecting on his community service, T.I. expressed his gratitude for being able to make a difference. He shared:

 “When you’ve been blessed as I am, it’s important to give back to those who may need a little extra assistance. I look forward to these events every year and will continue to serve my community as long as I’m able to.”

Updated By: Chris Samuel (12/22/23 at 5:50 pm)

SZA, YG, ScHoolboy Q & More Spread Holiday Cheer At 10th Annual Christmas Toy Drive

The Spirit Of Giving

TDE(Top Dawg Entertainment) celebrated the holiday season by hosting its 10th annual Christmas concert and toy drive. Several artists from the West Coast label attended the event, including SZA, YG, ScHoolboy Q, and others.

Held in Watts, California, in the neighborhood of Nickerson Gardens on Dec. 20, TDE artists, including SZA, ScHoolboy Q, Isaiah Rashad, Ab-Soul, Zacari, and more, served breathtaking performances. Not only did the artists entertain the audience, but they also participated in the festive spirit by taking pictures and connecting with fans. 

More Holiday Vibes

Notably, Compton rapper YG and Watts rapper Jay Rock also made appearances at the Christmas concert, further adding to the excitement for the fans. They interacted with the crowd, taking pictures and creating memorable moments for everyone involved.

Users on Twitter (X) reacted to TDE’s toy drive. One user named @Stephh_NV commented, “Finally saw Q and Zacari Iv’e seen almost everyone form TDE now,” and one other user named @ChuckDizzle commented “Nickerson Gardens, Thank you for the hospitality 10th Annual TDE Christmas Concert.” 

TDE CEO Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith was seen actively connecting with the people and artists during the event, highlighting the label’s dedication to fostering a strong bond with the community. The festivities didn’t end there, as the toy drive continued in Compton on December 21, featuring a job fair, free barber services, and the distribution of numerous gifts to children.

Updated By: Chris Samuel (12/20/23 at 3:45 pm)

Cardi B, Latto, Kendrick Lamar & More Are In The Holiday Spirit

Christmas time is approaching, and the rap community is embracing the spirit of giving by delivering gifts and spreading holiday cheer. Artists like Kendrick Lamar and Cardi B give back to their communities just in time for the holidays.

Cardi B – ‘Toys for Tots’

Cardi B was spotted at a toy drive in New York on Dec. 19. The Bronx rapper attended the Toys For Tots event where she donated toys and other gifts to needy families, spreading the holiday spirit. 

The Bronx native also took pictures with the families she was donating to, receiving praise from fans on social media for being a great role model and bringing joy to the children during the festive season. Users on Twitter (X) reacted to Cardi’s generous acts. 

One user named @CardiBCaviar commented, “WE NEED MORE GREAT ROLE MODELS LIKE CARDI B ! THANK YOU CARDI,” while one other named @troublewoman215 commented, “Our mother is out here spreading the holiday spirit-I hope all the children are happy.”

Latto – Christmas In Clayco

At her third annual Christmas In Clayco event on Saturday, Dec. 16, Latto demonstrated her commitment to philanthropy by doubling her contributions, donating over $500,000 in gifts from various brands she collaborates with. The Atlanta-based rapper partnered with brands such as UGG, Savage x Fenty, Apple, Wingstop, and more to provide gifts for those in need, doubling her contribution from the previous year.

The event, presented by her Win Some Give Some foundation, aims to support at-risk youth by providing resources and self-esteem support for equal opportunity and success. This gesture comes just days before Latto Day on Dec.18, following the proclamation of the first official Latto Day in Clayco County. District 1 Commissioner Dr. Alieka Anderson shared in a statement:

“We are ecstatic to bring back Christmas in Clayton for the third time. This event allows us to give back to Clayton County residents and children just in time for the holidays. Words cannot express how amazing it is to have Latto return to Clayton County to help spread some holiday cheer throughout our community. Her generosity is sincerely appreciated for our children and our community.”

REFORM Alliance Partners With The Brooklyn Nets

In addition to individual efforts, REFORM Alliance, alongside TV personality Lala Anthony, rappers Cordae, Meek Mill, and others, will partner with the Brooklyn Nets to host women affected by the justice system and their children at an NBA game. 

The event will occur on Dec. 22 during the Brooklyn Nets vs. Denver Nuggets matchup, where the women and their families will be honored with in-game presentations. The event will aim to unite and uplift families deeply impacted by the criminal justice system, featuring exclusive pre-game activities, opening remarks from the hosts, merchandise giveaways, and a special visit to center court.

Kendrick Lamar For The Kids

Kendrick Lamar, known for his philanthropy and commitment to his hometown of Compton, hosted a community event in Compton, CA. Held at Enterprise Park on Dec. 17, the annual holiday event aimed to uplift the spirits of the local community, particularly the children who face various challenges. 

The “HUMBLE” rapper, along with Interscope Records co-founder Jimmy Iovine and rapper Jay Worthy, provided toys and gifts to ensure that every child in Compton had a special holiday season. Supporters on Instagram took to the comment section to show gratitude towards the rapper. 

One user (@_.famousstay) stated, “I really share a birthday w a walking goat. It’s hard cause every song he makes resonates W me so bad.” Another user (@dr_dickeyel_2017) stated: You are awesome. You really care for your people and community. A real standup guy and GOAT.”

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In November 2023, Kendrick Lamar and his business partner ventured into the tech industry with tech company pgLang, collaborating with technology firm Light. Together, they’ve created the much-anticipated Light Phone II, a minimalist device that offers a less distracting alternative to conventional smartphones. 

In other news with Cardi B, the “Bongos” rapper recently had a sit-down with icon Patti LaBelle. The two larger-than-life personalities are teaming up again this holiday season for a festive project involving Cardi’s Whipshots and Patti’s famous pies. 

Quavo Gives Back

In the spirit of giving, Quavo, a member of the Migos, collaborated with the Legends brand to host the fifth annual charity football game, Huncho Day. The game, featuring various celebrities, raised funds for the Rocket Foundation, dedicated to the memory of Takeoff, another member of the Migos who passed away in November 2022. 

Originally Written By: Chris Samuel w/ Add’l Reporting By Kynedei Iman Hobbs

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Written by Chris Samuel

Chris Samuel is a North Carolina native who has a passion for writing but is also a big history buff and is a sports reporter in the side. Chris is an avid hip-hop fan whose favorite artists include J. Cole, JID, Larry June, Griselda, Freddie Gibbs, NaS, Joey Bada$$ and also Old School R&B.

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