Tory Lanez has helped 100 Black former inmates celebrate Father’s Day this year. He took to Instagram to share details about the new initiative and his plans to continue to support Black men get back into society after their sentences end.
According to TMZ, the “Jerry Sprunger” emcee’s Dream City Fund launched “100 Black Fathers” with Cut50 and Van Jones. The initiative also partnered with Amazon Music, Door Dash and Dream Corps to provide free meals and gifts to the fathers and their families. These men were recently released from prison during the pandemic.
Lanez also penned an open letter to the Black fathers. “Congratulations. You’re home, you’re with your family,” he wrote. “You deserve to enjoy today! I’m grateful to be a very small part of it. I know as a Black father raising Black children in this world, things aren’t easy. We live in a country that has a broken system. You’re finally free to be with your loved ones, but I know that in many ways you still feel like you are NOT FREE.”
Lanez continued his letter by writing about using his platform to help others. “I’m a Canadian,” he wrote. “I can’t vote here, but I’m doing the best I can with my platform to make an impact. I have a record, I am not perfect, but I can contribute to the lives of the people around me, most importantly by being a father to my son.”
“I wanted to send you this gift to know that your are valuable,” the Chixtape 5 rapper continued. “You are important! You and your family are worthy of celebration. I wanted to tell you that I have hope for you and for what you will do to make your community and city a better place.”
Read Lanez’s open letter below.
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I wrote this open letter to #100BlackFathers and asked @the_dream_corps @cut50 to join me and my #DreamCityFund to bring some joy and celebration to these men for their first #fathersday since being released from incarceration. As a Black father raising Black children in this world, things aren’t easy. We live in a country that has a broken system. I'm looking forward to getting to know these men and their stories, and will continue to find ways to help black men getting back into society feel seen, and valued, and supported. Shout out to @amazonmusic for helping me get them gifts and @doordash for delivering Father’s Day dinner to them and their families across the country.