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Where: APPT ONLY When: Dec. 2nd 2:00-8:00PM APPT ONLY in Wynwood is set to host a slew of events throughout the week of Art Basel. Each day will have something special to offer the public like a live painting session from Ron Bass, numerous raffles and giveaways, and a huge BBQ to close out the week. Along with Ciroc’s “Hustle Hour” going down every day of Basel, the exclusive clothing store will also have Pusha T come through to host Play Clothes x Genius’ pop-up on Friday, Dec. 2. For more info, contact APPT ONLY via their website here.
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Pusha T Launches College Fund For 6-Year-Old St. Louis Boy Whose Plea To End Gun Violence Went Viral

Jeffrey "Lil J" Laney's video struck a chord with King Push. 

A 6-year-old boy's plea to end gun violence has struck a chord with Pusha T. The G.O.O.D. Music president responded to Jeffrey “Lil J” Laney with a video and heartfelt letter , but he’s going a step further to make sure the boy has money for a college education.

Laney, who lives in St. Louis Missouri, issued a plea to end gun violence after hearing consistent shootings and witnessing regular fatalities within his hometown. His mother posted the video on Facebook and it garnered more than 215,000 views.

Watching the video inspired Pusha T to encourage Lil J to "smile more than frown, explore without fear, learn uncontrollably," and "dream without limits."

The 40-year-old MC will be sending Lil J and his cousins to Six Flags in St. Louis, as well as a summer camp session with Boys & Girls Club, and an exclusive screening of Spider-Man: Homecoming. He also launched a college fund for boy, and gifted him with a bunch of toys.

The full letter reads:

Dear Lil J, my name is Terrence “Pusha T” Thornton,

I saw your video and I'm really sorry that you are having to deal with people shooting guns and hurting others where you live. A lot of people can't imagine how hard it is being a kid where you are from, If I were you, I would be scared too. But I thought it was very brave of you to speak up and try to help your family, friends, and community.  There a lot of 6yr olds all over the United States who are scared just like you and guess who their Super Hero is...YOU!! 

Your video really woke me up. You are a thoughtful and smart kid already at such a young age already, I can tell. You spoke so clearly but about something so terrible in gun violence and fear which is something no child should be speaking about with so much knowledge.  I would much rather you taught me how to play video games or build a car or about the latest comic book you read and if you think Spiderman really is better than Batman.  I know I can’t solve all of your problems at once but hopefully this is a start. Hopefully other men in our communities see this video and also realize that a 6 year old boy just challenged us all to do better.  No matter where we are in life we have to look out for the youth.  As someone who’s familiar with places not too different from where you are, please believe me your options are endless and there is so much more to the world than your neighborhood. You have your life in front of you and you should enjoy every moment of it and more importantly LOOK FORWARD not behind you or around you and worry.”

Since you like helping people I wanna help you. What I'm gonna do for you is make sure that you have the fun that every 6yr old should have this summer. I'm sending you, your cousins Janiya and Brandon to Six Flags Amusement Park in St Louis, I know you guys are gonna have the best time. When you arrive back, all of you will all start summer camp at the boys and girls club. All summer long you will be learning, playing, and meeting new friends. I heard that you love Spider Man so I'm gonna make sure that you will be one of the first to see new Spider-Man movie next month!! I also sent some things to your house for the times you aren't away at camp.  There are some games, books, an iPad and other toys to help you enjoy the summer and beyond. I can’t wait to hear about which books you liked better and which car was the fastest.  I hope the package encourages you to learn new things and most importantly, imagine. 

Lil J I want you to do me a favor and enjoy being 6 yrs old. Smile more than frown, explore without fear, learn uncontrollably, dream without limits.

P.S. I started this thing called a college fund for you...it's for when you grow up a little, you don't have to worry about it now but when you do need it, its there for you. 

Love,
Terrence "Pusha -T" Thornton”

READ: Pusha T Releases New PSA Advocating For Prison Reform

Pusha’s response to Lil J’s plea is the latest in a long series of the Virginia native’s history with prison reform and tackling communal issues on a global scale.  Last year, Pusha teamed up with President Barack Obama on his My Brother’s Keeper initiative and My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, which instill new policy changes, grant programs as well as local and national guidance to ensure that every child has a clear pathway to success.

Peep photos of Pusha's gifts to Lil J below.

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"It is difficult to value something this significant in our nation’s history. It is a priceless asset. It is one of the most important places to tell the story of America,” Shafroth said.

Bernice King, daughter of late the civil rights leader, said the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change had been considering selling the home since the passing of their mother Coretta Scott, in 2006. King said the center will focus on nonviolent educational and training programs.

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Following the incident, he posted a selfie of him on the hospital bed in scrubs on Facebook. Along with the photo, he explained that he woke up from the accident with stitches on his left thumb, on top of having a sprained wrist, and hurt knee. His car was also completely totaled.

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