Rapper 50 Cent is donating $300,000 to three underperforming schools in the Houston Independent School District to secure that students get paid internships.
On a Monday press conference, the mayor of Houston, Sylvester Turner announced the G-Unity Foundation is partnering with Houston ISD and Horizon United to enrich poor Black students at Wheatley, Worthing and Kashmere high schools, KTRK-TV, a local ABC television station licensed to Houston, reported.
In addition to students from these three schools having paid internships and opportunities to connect with business leaders and 50 Cent himself, the rapper plans on expanding his educational venture, promising more to come.
Students will have access to the G-Unity Business Lab, a new entrepreneurial business program that some outlets like Vibe are describing as “MBA-level lessons that represent the full life cycle of a product or concept, from idea creation to marketing branding to running a company” designed for at-risk minorities.
“These programs will really get people excited to learn again after everything that’s been going on,” 50 Cent said.
“A quality of education is one of the best tools we can give students to succeed in the classroom and in their future professional career,” Turner said. “We want to create additional opportunities for young people who are going to be the scientists, entrepreneurs, engineers of the future.”
As it was reported on May 5, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson suddenly moved to San Antonio, Texas, after publicly announcing on social media that he was leaving his hometown of New York City. In addition to residing in San Antonio, 50 Cent apparently also lives in the Houston area, having made a connection with the local NAACP chapter and being welcomed by Turner.
“I am honored to be your mayor,” Turner said as he welcomed the philanthropist’s move to the city.
50 Cent has also been promoting himself, specifically his new liquor, Branson Cognac, in country destinations such as Omaha, Neb., Little Rock, Ark., and Indianapolis, Ind.