G Herbo Converts Chicago South Side School Into Community Center
G Herbo doesn’t want to be just another hip hop artist who managed to get out of the hood. The Chicago native is doing his part to help his hoodie and he’s doing it in several major ways.
“I don’t want to be that guy to have all the resources to change my neighborhood, change my city and the young people and do nothing with it,” G Herbo told the Chicago Tribune earlier this year.
So he put his money where his heart is. Real name Herbert Randall Wright III, G Herbo bought the abandoned Overton Elementary School in the South Chicago neighborhood and plans to turn it into a community center for young people.
Overton – which opened in 1963 at the height of the civil rights movement – was closed in 2013 after 50 years serving young people on the south side of Chicago after then-mayor Rahm Emanuel closed 50 public schools, the Tribune reported.
G Herbo was formerly a student there. While covid-19 delayed the renovation of the building, media rep for G Herbo. Janelle Gibbs told the Tribune that among the centre’s projects was a music incubator and a media lab.
In the meantime, G Herbo is making good use of the property. On September 19, he co-hosted a community outreach event with the charities of his fellow Chicago-based MCs, Chance The Rapper and Vic Mensa.
Families received basic necessities like food, school supplies, PPE, women’s products, free covid-19 tests, voter registration kiosks and more.
“Today and days like this are (sic) important to me because it’s not about me, it’s not about one person,” G Herbo told the crowd at the event. of a speech. “It’s about everyone here, especially everyone who volunteered … to really show that we can come together as a community and as a city as a whole to focus on things. that need attention in the community – safety, education, a lot of things that I was touched by growing up and being a part of the city of Chicago. “
This is not the first time that G Herbo has used its platform to help its community both at home and across the country.
In July, he launched Swervin ‘Through Stress, a mental health initiative whose mission is to “connect young black adults with therapeutic resources that help them inform and improve their mental health for a better quality of life.”
Through him, G Herbo is raising funds to pay for three months of therapy for black youth between the ages of 18 and 25 to help them cope with current, past and generational trauma.
The MC “PTSD” got the idea for the initiative after experiencing the effectiveness of therapy after a few brush strokes with the law that made him reconsider his life.
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He said he wanted to tackle the root causes of some of the problems in his life and realized that many of them stem from the deep-rooted traumas of poverty, violence and many other issues he faced. growing up. Then he realized that he was not alone by far and decided to do something about it.
“My friends, just people from my neighborhood, we go through so much trauma on a daily basis and it’s normalized. We don’t even cry. We don’t even think twice about it. G Herbo told the Tribune in a July interview. “You deserve it. You’re supposed to have that as a kid – a support system as you grow up. And I don’t think we realize how many of us don’t, so I want to shed some light on that. to show people that there are so many children who need your help that you forget every day.
While submissions for the program are currently at full capacity, those in need of assistance can also call the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) helpline at 1-844-457-PTSD ( 7873).
For G Herbo, sitting idly by and just making music is not an option.
“Artists and people with platforms like me, like Vic, like Joey, like Chance … we can be an example for the next generation to come and for other artists to use their platform to just try to fix things that need to be fixed bit by bit. little, ”G Herbo said. “We’re not saying we’re going to see drastic changes tomorrow, but if we continue like this, it’s unlimited opportunities and limited places we can go and it’s a matter of youth.”
Chicagoans and others have celebrated the MC for his intentional efforts to give back.
“It’s amazing … anything that someone from Chicago who was able to make money and who was able to do something on their own did for the city is an amazing thing,” said Phillip Agnew, international activist and native of Chicago. Moguldom in an exclusive interview. “And that it came from someone who is as influential as Herbo to the people of Chicago, it’s amazing.”
Agnew added as he celebrated G Herbo’s efforts, it is unfortunate that he had to convert an abandoned school in the first place.
“He shouldn’t have to. There shouldn’t be an abandoned school and there shouldn’t be a need to build a community center because these are things the city should be doing. This is what taxpayers’ money is used for; this is what black people and all human beings deserve to have places to go to and it should not be a converted school where they have to go because this converted school is closed due to the policies of Rahm Emanuel and the government of town, ”Agnew said. “So again I think it’s amazing what Herbo is doing, I just don’t think he should be doing it because these are things we shouldn’t have to do on our own. These are things that we already deserve and that we have frankly already won in this country and certainly in Chicago.