Cardi B is a record-breaking, Grammy-winning rapper. While she’s living her “best life” now, it hasn’t always been easy.
She came from humble beginnings.
And it’s back to those humble beginnings that she recently returned to pay it back to college which she says made her who she is today.
The 29-year-old hip-hop sensation paid a surprise visit to students and staff at her former Bronx school, IS 232, and she didn’t come empty-handed.
She came with gifts — to the tune of a $100,000 donation — to help with the school’s performing arts program.
Her announcement to the students was captured in a cute video which she later shared in an Instagram post @iamcardib.
The reason behind the generous donation
Alongside the IG video, Cardi B shared the following, “This college, IS 232 in the Bronx, has a very special place in my heart!! It turned me from an 11 year old into a little teenager adult.
She went on to explain that children in the Bronx “have to grow up fast and FAST”, due to their situation and environment: “”Like many of these children, I went through so much while I was going to school here. Experiences that changed me forever and made me who I am today.
In her speech to students, Cardi gave insight into her life at school. She admitted to making “a lot of bad decisions” and being arrested for fighting another student.
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“A lot of teachers have been very hard on me because they saw something in me,” she said. “I was like a bad boy, but I was very special to a lot of those teachers and I always have them in my heart.”
She encouraged the kids not to make the same mistakes she did and to think long-term: “Remember, where do you want to be in a few years? Make sure you think long-term. It’s not never too late for you guys.
How Cardi B’s donation will make a difference
The money will be used for school performing arts and other areas that will enable students to succeed. Cardi hopes this will have a positive impact on the children’s lives. She said: “I hope my donation can help create an amazing after-school program that will help keep children off the streets or in struggling homes and most importantly, allow them to learn something they can carry with them throughout LIFE.”
Visiting Bronx College is just one stop for Cardi. She also plans to visit different schools and programs in Queens and Brooklyn through her partnership with Community Capacity Development – a human justice organization whose mission “is to uproot the systemic challenges faced by marginalized communities of color.”
And she teased that there was still more to come, writing: ‘I love being able to help young children however I can and can’t wait to tell you all what I’ve been working on for the past two years. It’s something very close to my heart and I can’t wait to share it very soon.
Giving back is more than money. It’s about making a positive difference in the lives of those affected. And that difference could change someone’s life.