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Trae Tha Truth Pays Graduation Fees For High School Seniors In Houston

With graduation season underway, Trae Tha Truth is using his resources to assists numerous students scheduled to receive their high school diplomas this year. Last week, the Texas native took to social media to announce that he would be covering the graduation dues for at least 13 seniors at Houston’s Booker T. Washington High School.

“I’m headed to Booker T. Washington [High School],” Trae said in an Instagram video explaining that he learned that several students were in need of financial assistance. “I believe it’s either 13 or 15 students who [are] not allowed to graduate because they don’t have caps and gowns. That’s something new to me, I think people are supposed to be able to graduate regardless, but the fact is they can’t, so I’m [going to] pop up and surprises them, take care of them. Make sure they walk across that stage.”

In a follow-up video, Trae clarified that the school's principal assured him that the students weren’t actually barred from graduation. Still, taking care of their outstanding paid for their graduation uniforms and serves as another act of kindness from Trae and his Relief Gang, which has helped countless Texas residents in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and recent flooding in the area.

“It was a beautiful thing to see a smile on their faces and take the stress away,” he said of the high schoolers that they were able to help.

Trae’s latest charitable effort has since expanded to Houston’s North Forest High School, and the “FrFr” rapper has every intention of helping other students in need.

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PSA... I Learned at the School Today, Students Have Senior Fees & Dues, But They Will Be Allowed To Graduate Regardless, So What We Are Doing Is Helpin Them To Graduate Equally And Remove The Stress They Had Left!! Its About Showing them we stand with them and we Proud lf them and Have They back!! Im Just Leaving Booker T Washington... Special Salute To Them, I Was Able To Kick it with tha students As Well As Those We Purchases the Cap And Gowns For... I Also Just Received A Call From @iamjessicavickery @vortex_surgical & @kidspacehouston and We Are Teaming Up To Go Take Care Of Senior Fees At Other Schools To Help With They Graduations Also🙏🏿🙏🏿 @reliefgang @djmrrogers @lasting_empressions We Headed To North Forest High School Now!!

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Lauren London Debuts The Marathon Clothing x Puma Collection

Lauren London and PUMA are teaming up once again for a collaboration honoring the late Nipsey Hussle. London debuted the Marathon Clothing x Puma’s “Hussle and Motivate” collection on social media on Thursday (Jan. 23).

London is featured in the promo shoot with Hussle's close friends, YG, J. Stone, and Pacman Da Gunman.


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Another image from the clothing collaboration shows London wearing a white sweatshirt with a message that reads, “We (The Marathon Clothing) honor the unwavering faith of those that never quit. Our products represent their testimony. Life is a marathon.”


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London previously linked with Puma for a viral video campaign paying tribute to her longtime love. Hustle, whose Victory Lap recently went platinum, will be celebrated at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards with a tribute featuring YG, Roddy Ricch, Kirk Franklin, DJ Khaled and John Legend.

The Grammys air on CBS on Sunday, Jan. 26 at 8p.m. ET.

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Lil Wayne Reveals Release Date For ‘Funeral’ Album

Four years after initially announcing the project, Lil Wayne took to Twitter on Thursday (Jan. 23) to reveal that his  Funeral album will drop next week.

“Welcome to the funeral, closed casket as usual,” Tunechi says in the album teaser. The Grammy winner also tweeted a link for fans to pre-order physical and digital copies of the album as a CD, vinyl or “digital cassette.” The online shop features album merchandise, including long-sleeved shirts, hoodies and beanies.

The New Orleans native’s last studio LP, Tha Carter V, dropped in 2018 after years of delays. In 2019, the 37-year-old rapper embarked on a joint summer tour with Blink-182, but the jaunt was marred by difficulty as Wayne walked off stage during one show and threatened to quit. He changed his mind hours later.

Even with all the tour trouble, Blink-182 had nothing but good things to say about Weezy. “The one day where he walked off stage, he had said, ‘I just felt like they didn’t like me,’ so he walked off stage,” drummer Travis Barker explained in an interview last year.

Funeral drops on Jan. 31. Check out the album teaser below.


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Black People Make Up More Than 50% Of U.S. Homeless Population, Study Finds

Black people in the U.S. are disproportionately impacted by homelessness, per an Annual Homeless Assessment Report released by the Housing and Urban Department. According to the report, blacks account for more than 50% of the country’s homeless population, despite making up only 13% of the U.S. population.

“African Americans have remained considerably overrepresented among the homeless population compared to the U.S. population,” the report states. “African Americans accounted for 40% of all people experiencing homelessness in 2019 and 52% of people experiencing homelessness as members of families with children.

“In contrast, 48% of all people experiencing homelessness were white, compared with 77% of the U.S. population.” People identifying as Hispanic or Latino are bout “22% of the homeless population but only 18% of the populations overall.”

As of 2019, the U.S. homeless population swelled to 568,000, an increase of about 10,000 from the previous year. In 2019, Roughly 35,000 of those experiencing unaccompanied homelessness were under the age of 25, a 4% decrease from 2018. The number of those experiencing chronic homelessness increased by 9% between 2018 and 2019.

A staggering 52% of black families experience homelessness, compared to 35% for white families.

The goal of the report is to “demonstrate continued progress toward ending homelessness, but also a need to re-calibrate policy to make future efforts more effective and aligned with the unique needs of different communities.”

HUD, which is has been releasing the annual housing stats since 2007, shows a 3% bump in the number of those experiencing homelessness on any given night, a 16% increase in California, and a “decrease” in other states. California accounts for 53% (108,432 people) off all unsheltered homeless people in the country. Despite being only twice as large as Florida, California’s homeless population is nine times that of the Sunshine State, which came in at a distant second place with 6% (12,476 people). New York, Hawaii, California, Oregon and Washington have the highest rates of homelessness per 10,000 people.

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On Jan. 7, HUD unveiled a housing proposal that attempts to undue Obama-era housing mandates put in place to prevent racial discrimination. The newly-released proposal may end up further promoting racial discrimination.

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