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In the lead-up to his first North American War & Wonders Tour which will kick off January. 11, in San Diego, Grammy-nominated rapper and Rhythm + Flowinaugural champion D Smoke has wrapped the year with a bang by donating to young people who are in need.
This past the weekend (Dec. 18.) The Inglewood, California, native and ex-high school teacher held Reimagining Community During the Holidays celebration which was held in conjunction together with CASA, Los Angeles, Crete Academy and Cancel The Contract: Antelope Valley.
In the celebrations, D Smoke and his his wife, Grammy-nominated musician and violinist Angelina Sherie, were joined by their pets and parents dog, as well as the local Crete Academy elementary school students who sang Carols of Christmas for South Central Los Angeles foster children in transitional youth homes and foster houses Sanctuary of Hope and Project Destiny Group Home. D Smoke also gave gifts for the children that were donated with gifts from Adidas along with Black Santa. D Smoke concluded his holiday charity with a intimate celebration with his fans at Sip & Sonder in Inglewood.
“Cancel the Contract is doing great work that’s aligned with the work I’ve been doing since I was in college, whether it be providing access to higher education or serving communities where education needs love and attention,” the “Black Habits” hitmaker tells Billboard. “Their mission is to stand against over-policing in schools.”
“The culture and love for elementary school students at Crete Academy is beautiful,” says the advocate for education reform. “Even the language they use] and the way the staff are trained to interact with children is extremely aware, mindful and accountable of the impact it has on children. Also, CASA is located in Los Angeles, those were the perfect groups to work with.”