J.Cole Plans To Let Single Mothers Stay In Childhood Home
J. Cole is giving back in a very personal way.
Via NY Daily News reports:
The 29-year-old rapper revealed plans to house single mothers rent-free in his childhood home.
“My goal is to have that be a haven for families,” he said during a recent interview on the weekly podcast series ‘The Combat Jack Show.” “Every two years a new family will come in, they live rent-free.”
The “Can’t Get Enough” rapper, whose real name is Jermaine Lamarr Cole, said he understands what its like first-hand to live in poverty with his brother and mother.
“The neighborhood we lived in was f—ed up,” he recalled. “The reason why it had such a big effect on me is that I was coming from somewhere else. I was coming from a military base.”
Cole lived on the base when his parents were still married, but after they separated his mother moved him and his brother to a trailer park on the outskirts of Fayetteville, N.C.
“I knew the energy was not right,” he said. “I knew my mother was the only white lady in the neighborhood and there was no man in the house.”
Eventually, his mom was able to purchase a small home for her and her sons on Forest Hills Drive, which Cole named his latest album after. Unfortunately she lost the house, but years later Cole was able to buy it back.
Now, he has a clear plan of what he wants to use the property for.
“The idea is that it’s a single mother with multiple kids and she’s coming from a place where all her kids is sharing a room,” he said. “I want her kids to feel how I felt when we got to the house.”
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