T.I. Is Recognized By Georgia State Senate For His 2 Nonprofit Organizations
T.I. is officially completing his transformation from trapper to philanthropist. The Georgia State Senate is celebrating the Atlanta native born Clifford Harris’ work in the community. The veteran rapper and executive appeared at the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta on Friday (March 22).
Tip was recognized for his nonprofit organizations Harris Community Works, of which he heads, and For The Love Of Our Fathers, which focuses on aiding people with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Democratic state senator Donzella James sponsored the resolution to honor T.I.’s work through the organizations.
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T.I. has gained a lot of recognition over the years for his extensive philanthropic work. He’s made contributions to hurricane relief efforts, education-focused youth and entrepreneur programs, Colin Kaepernick’s Million Dollar Pledge, and has spoke at Georgia schools as a part of his post-prison community service. The Grand Hustle boss also hosts an annual Thanksgiving turkey giveaway in Atlanta.
On the ground, T.I. joined hundreds of ATLiens in 2016 marching to peacefully protest police-involved shootings of African-Americans. Last year, he helped promote Black excellence by buying tickets for hundreds of people to attend an early screening of Black Panther in Chamblee, Georgia.
Two years ago this month, the Georgia State Senate honored Killer Mike, who has collaborated released albums on T.I.’s label. Appearing before the legislatures, Mike challenged them. “I want to say that this state has an opportunity, unlike a lot of other Southern states, to be fair across the board. Our children deserve clean water, so thank you for making sure that’s fair. But, our children deserve decent housing. Gentrification should not make children poor. Our school systems deserve more attention. Our teachers deserve more money. Our firemen deserve more money, and our policemen deserve more than new guns. They deserve to have enough cops on the street to be involved in the community.”
In closing, Mike acknowledged the work that had been done to effect clean and safe water for all Georgia citizens, but he charged the senators to “make sure that Georgia remains an equitable place, not only for water, but for education, for workers’ rights, for where we’re living. It should be as fair for a rural White man in Georgia who’s trying to live by the land, as it is [for] a kid who’s growing up on the West side of Atlanta, trying to survive the concrete.”
Last year, Tip released DIME TRAP. It features Anderson .Paak, Jeezy, and Meek Mill, among others. Last month, the Grand Hustle founder dissed Floyd Mayweather for the boxer and mogul’s apathy towards Gucci regarding a racially-offensive sweater.