*Music mogul Birdman has announced on Instagram that he intends to pay one month’s rent for folks living in his hometown of New Orleans.
As reported by Complex, the Cash Money Records co-founder (born Bryan Williams) has also called on influential local officials and organizations to pay it forward to uptown residents in need.
“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,” Birdman wrote on Instagram. “… also wanna thank all hospital [workers] on front line Risking they life to save lives.”
As of Monday, New Orleans had 6,148 reported COVID-19 cases, while Louisiana’s total stands at 24,523.
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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 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 also wanna thank all hospital on front line Risking they life to save lives 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 @universalmusicgroup #RICHGANG? #STUNNAMAN @hotboyog333 @kimmykim504 @ceto504 @stunnabrand stay safe #DOIt4MSGLADYS
“We are seeing positive signs in respect to lower hospitalizations and the number of people on ventilators, but all of these gains can be easily lost if we ignore the stay at home order & social distancing guidelines,” Gov. John Bel Edwards wrote on Twitter on April 16. “Do your part. Be a good neighbor. Stay home.”
Birdman is the latest celebrity to help out those most affect by this deadly COVID-19 contagion.
SNL star Michael Che previously shared that his grandma died of COVID-19. Now he is helping low income New Yorkers with rent in her honor.
“It’s crazy to me that residents of public housing are still expected to pay their rent when so many New Yorkers can’t even work,” Che said on Instagram last week, adding that he’s stepping up to provide #rentrelif for all the residents in his grandmother’s former New York City apartment.
“Obviously I can’t offer much help by myself,” he continued. “But in the spirit and memory of my late grandmother, I’m paying one month’s rent for all 160 apartments in the NYCHA building she lived in.”
“I know that’s just a drop in the bucket,” he added. “So I really hope the city has a better plan for debt forgiveness for all the people in public housing, AT THE VERY LEAST.”