Over the last month, I have written a series of articles on business leaders and entrepreneurs who have been giving back to the community. I like to spread good news stories, and readers enjoy these uplifting articles.
One of these was on one of Houston's favorite people- Beyonce Knowles and her charity work.
But another singer is doing many great things for Houston.
Let's take a look at the artist known as Megan Thee Stallion.
The Houston entertainer
Megan Jovon Ruth Pete was born in San Antonio, Texas, in 1995 and moved to Houston with her mother immediately after her birth.
She was raised in the Houston neighborhood of South Park, moving to Pearland when she was 14. She attended Pearland High School, where she began rapping. However, her mother didnt approve of her lyrics and said she couldn't begin a rap career until Megan turned 21.
At the age of 21, Megan, under the name of Megan Thee Stallion, released her first single, and in 2020 her breakthrough album put her on the global stage. She has since won four American Music Awards, two MTV Video Music Awards, a Billboard Women in Music Award, and three Grammy Awards.
In addition to her music career, Megan has focused on her education, graduating from Texas Southern University with a Bachelor of Science in Health Administration in 2021.
And Megan has also focused on charity and philanthropy.
Before she became a star, Megan had a passion for philanthropy with "a specific focus on education, elder care, mental health, and women's empowerment." But, as her profile built, she wanted to use her fame to uplift overlooked communities in Houston.
Last year, Megan launched the non-profit Pete and Thomas Foundation to honor her father and mother's memories. The foundation focuses on education, housing, health, and wellness.
The "mission of the Pete and Thomas Foundation is to catalyze resources to effect meaningful and positive change in the lives of women and children, senior citizens, and underserved communities in Houston, TX and across the globe."
The foundation provides scholarships, school supplies, and resources to support students in high-need communities. It also addresses housing issues for senior citizens, single mothers, and families impacted by financial emergencies and natural disasters. It supports cancer care, mental health, and food insecurity.
Some of Megan's recent charity work include:
- Donating the proceeds from her smash hit "Savage" to Houston-based, non-profit organization Bread of Life to provide food, water, and other relief to families in need.
- After the winter storm in February 2021, Megan partnered with NACC Disaster Services to rebuild and repair homes for Houston-based senior citizens and single mothers at no cost.
- Megan provided all 600 students at her former school in Houston with backpacks, hats, socks, wallets, and other items.
In December last year, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee awarded Megan the 18th Congressional District Hero Award in Houston for her humanitarian work in helping those in need.
On May 2 this year, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner proclaimed the day as "Megan Thee Stallion Day," a date that coincides with her grandmother and mother's birthday. This was in recognition of her philanthropic contributions.
"Megan Thee Stallion has an extraordinary entertainment career, but we wanted to honor her for what she does offstage to lift people's lives in underserved communities. She assisted people after the 2021 winter storm during the pandemic and helped those struggling with homelessness. I look forward to watching her grow as an artist and humanitarian." Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner
Readers, what do you think of the work done by Megan? What organizations in Houston would you like to see her support?
Please leave your comments below.