First he sold out his final tour stop, then Lil Durk launched an HBCU program for Chicago students
Written by Jamia Pugh on May 4, 2022
Lil Durk is taking his moniker “The Voice” to an entirely new level.
Before wrapping up his 7220 Tour in a sold-out show at Chicago’s United Center on Monday, Durk, aka Durkio, aka Smurk, gave back to the community that raised him in an impactful way.
By way of his Neighborhood Heroes Foundation, the 29-year-old “Backdoor” rapper announced the launching of an HBCU program, designed as a resource to expose young Black students to different career paths.
A statement posted to the Foundation’s Instagram reads, “Yesterday, we launched our foundation’s Career Readiness program as we’re investing time, money, and resources into young Black Neighborhood Heroes from the South Side of Chicago to help bring their passion to life.”
In celebration of the trailblazing program, Durk invited 20 students from the South Side to the White Sox- Angels baseball match-up on Monday, where the teens watched him throw out the game’s ceremonial first pitch and enjoy all the perks of a luxury stadium suite.
In response to the reason behind his give-back effort, Durk said, “We ain’t eva had it growing up…I’m just tryna be different.”
Fresh off a high that is 7220‘s number one placement on the Billboard 200 chart — twice — and his engagement to long-time girlfriend India Royale, Durk is constantly showing that he’s just warming up.
“I feel the energy of going #1 I appreciate the world for locking in wit me – THE voice,” he said.
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