Lupe Fiasco has always been a conscious rap and hip hop star, and he has shown with this latest venture that he not only sings about it, he actually walks the walk.
The singer who gave us Superstar, The Show Goes On, and Battle Scars is always on the look out for creative ways to better the black community in the US, so it’s no surprise that he brings about a new venture that empowers rather than offering handouts.
This week, he took to Twitter to talk about his latest concept: the launch of a new non-profit organisation he has co-founded.
Called The Neighborhood Start Fund, the mission of the organisation is to create “a neighborhood-specific fund to support entrepreneurs and start-ups from underserved areas and of course so the best new ideas won’t go wasted. We provide access, network, workshops, mentoring and of course funding.”
The idea is to start with specific neighbourhoods, which are known to have a lot of talent but might lack the necessary resources, and help those people turn their ideas into businesses. Businesses only further serve to empower the community by generating additional revenues, tax base, jobs and hope for a new generation of people who had previously lost hope.
The start of the new venture will be next month with a live pitch event for entrepreneurs and start-ups next month.
“Our first neighbourhood is Brownsville, Brooklyn,” says Di-Ann Eisnor, Director at Waze/Google and co-founder of the project. “We’ve just opened the idea competition and the first live pitch event will be November 13, 2015. We will be housed at the Dream Big Foundation’s new entrepreneurship centre and cafe opening in Jan. 2016.”
I’m proud of the boy. Lupe prophesied it in his song: The Show Goes On, and now he’s bring it to pass. I love it!!
One in the air for the people that ain’t here
Two in the air for the father that’s there
Three in the air for the kids in the ghetto
Four for the kids who don’t wanna be there
None for the niggas trying to hold them back
Five in the air for the teacher not scared to tell those kids that living in the ghetto that the niggas holdin back that the World is theirs!
Yeah yeah, the World is yours, I was once that little boy
Terrified of the World
Now I’m on a World tour
I will give up everything, even start a world war
for these ghettos girls and boys I’m rapping round the world for!
Africa to New York, Haiti then I detour, Oakland out to Auckland
Gaza Strip to Detroit, say hip-hop only destroy
tell em’ look at me, boy!
I hope your son don’t have a gun and never be a D-boy
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