AceShowbiz - Birdman is giving back to his old neighborhood amid the coronavirus crisis. The rapper, born Bryan Christopher Brooks, has pledged to pay May's rent for residents in uptown New Orleans, where he was born and raised.
The music producer took to Instagram on Monday, April 20 to announce his generous act. " I would like 2 offer to pay everybody rent for month of May (for those who in need) in residents area of UPTOWN New Orleans where I was born and raised at from mac melph calio and ST Thomas housing also from 3rd ward to 17th ward," he wrote.
He called on leaders in his community to join him in the initiative, adding, "I would like HANO to support us on accomplishin this and @q93fm I also spoke with @theuptownangela to help me put this togather I would like our mayor @mayorcantrell help support this cause."
He went on giving a shout-out healthcare workers who are working frontline during the pandemic, "also wanna thank all hospital on front line Risking they life to save lives." He concluded his post with a shout-out to those who have been supporting his non-profit foundation, "I wanna thanks everybody that wrk with tha Gladys and Johnny foundation my company cashmoney records @cashmoneyofficial @republicrecords for always supporting our foundation for 20plus years."
Birdman is the latest celebrity who offers to pay rent for those in need in this time of crisis. Previously, Michael Che has announced that he will be paying a one-month rent for 160 apartments in the New York City Housing Authority building (NYCHA) in honor of his grandmother, who recently died of COVID-19.
"Its (sic) crazy to me that residents of public housing are still expected to pay their rent when so many new Yorkers cant (sic) even work," so the comedian stated on Instagram. "Obviously I cant offer much help by myself. But in the spirit and memory of my late grandmother, im paying one months rent for all 160 apartments in the NYCHA building she lived in."
"i know that's just a drop in the bucket," the "Saturday Night Live" star humbly added, before imploring, "So I really hope the city has a better plan for debt forgiveness for all the people in public housing, AT THE VERY LEAST." He then called on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo as well as hip-hop mogul Sean "P. Diddy" Combs to work together with him and do more to handle the crisis.