Rapper Nas Raises Over $60,000 to Help Widowed Father of 8

BY: - 12 Aug '13 | On the Web

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Nasir helps Widowed Father

Hip Hop stars don’t always get a good name in the media.  But every so often something happens and it rightfully gets shared on mainstream media.  These are the stories we love sharing on BMWK!  Check out what Nas has done for a homeless father of 8.

A year after the passing of his wife, Stanley Young and his eight kids were a few days from being homeless.  Running out of money and struggling to find a place to live, he tapped every possible resource he could.  An ABC news station shared Mr. Young’s story, and it just so happened Nas was watching the story.

Nas took action by starting a Crowdtilt campaign and sent the following tweet:

Within hours the initial $15,000 goal was met.  Nas decided to keep the campaign going, and it proceeded to smash their original goal!  Here is one of his more recent Tweets:

Wow!  This is a great story, and shows the power of people coming together to help one another.

Click here to read more from the Washington Post.

Watch the original ABC news story below.

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Jackie is an author, blogger, and speaker who helps men better love their wives and lead their families. He is the creator of The 7 Rings of Marriage™. You can receive his latest BMWK posts in your inbox, plus his latest marriage and parenting posts from around the web by subscribing to his weekly newsletter!

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  • http://bmwk cassandra nelson

    As I sat and read and watched Mr.young story I cried. I never knew who Nasir Jones home was because I don’t list to rapp music however I love to her music artist testimony about there faith in god the lord thy god. No I know to include Nasir Jones in my prayers and I will forever love him that. Lord knows what I have been Thur myself and is still going Thur, I am just greatful for were god brought me out. It’s so many people run programs and are stealing and mistreating people in the winter time me or my children were told that the other ladies in the shelter did not want me and my children to ride the small township bus they had in pads for the homeless and was turn away some nights. So to see Mr.young and his family be bless that is remarkable I am over whelmed with joy in my soul. Thank you Jesus! There is still good people here wanting to help make someone else life better. I couldn’t thank Nasir Jones and all the people who gave enough. Thanks for being awesome Cassandra Nelson

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Homeless Teen Raises Funds to Attend Howard University

BY: - 16 Aug '13 | On the Web

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James Ward, a homeless young man, has an online campaign to raise money to attend Howard University

Since 14, James Ward, his mom and two younger siblings have lived between shelters, relative’s homes and a car until they reached the Union Rescue Mission in Los Angles in 2012. Within the last week, Ward, 19, has raised $12,000 through his online campaign, “Homeless To Howard,” to pay for his first year of college at Howard University.

With donations through Paypal, the campaign has gained national attention with highlights from Teach For America as well as a shout out from rapper, Common, to name a few. Ward hopes to raise enough money to pay for all four years of college.

“I would’ve never thought that something we started just a couple of days ago would’ve turned out to become this massive,” Ward said. “However, it makes me feel very happy because I know that although the world may seem like a harsh and cold place, there are some people out there that care and want to give to those in need.”

Determined to create a better outcome, Ward drew inspiration and help from junior producer at Yahoo! Studios, Jessica Sutherland, who once struggled with homelessness, herself. The two met when she spoke at the Union Rescue Mission about her own experiences.

“My attitude is — like myself, I also grew up homeless — he didn’t ask to be born into this, and it’s not his credit, but he’s the one being punished for it,” said Sutherland, speaking of the frustrations of applying for loans. The denial of the Parent PLUS loan pushed her to create the online campaign.

Ward, who will be the first in his family to attend college, admits that while he is following his own dreams, it’s more important to him that his siblings know the value of education and knowledge.

Read more on the Huffington Post.

BMWK – We think this is great! Please consider donating to this young man’s online campaign, “Homeless To Howard,” 

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Stacie Bailey is a graduate of Quinnipiac University with a master's degree in Interactive Communications. She has strong interests in youth, social media and an overall love for sharing knowledge and information.

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