Rapper J. Cole Is Offering Single Moms Free Rent

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Celebrities do a lot of charitable things -- often on a very large and global scale. I applaud them for that. But rapper J. Cole is showing us how his generous spirit is very close to his heart and he is going to help single mothers by opening up his home to them, rent-free.


J. Cole's 2014 album Forest Hills Drive is named in tribute to his childhood home in Fayetteville, North Carolina. It's the location where he first became interested in becoming a musician as a kid. Before he made it big, Cole's mom had to foreclose on the house, but the rapper bought it back last year. First he opened up his home to fans, but this child of a single mom has now made the house a place where single moms with multiple children can live rent-free.

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He shared that he moved around a lot as a kid -- his mom and dad were both in the military. But they divorced, mom left the military, and she was left with her two sons. They lived in trailer parks and apartments in unsafe neighborhoods, and when his family moved into that house on Forest Hills Drive, it was everything to him to have a place to really call home. Cole said:

My goal is to have that be a haven for families. So every two years a new family will come in, they live rent-free. The idea is that it’s a single mother with multiple kids and she’s coming from a place where all her kids is sharing a room. She might have two, three kids, they’re sharing a room. She gets to come here rent free. I want her kids to feel how I felt when we got to the house.

This is so wonderful. And I feel it's so sincere. This guy saw his mom's struggle and he wants to help moms going through the same thing.

Years ago, I sort of met J. Cole at the airport. We were both boarding the same plane from NYC to New Orleans and were sitting next to each other in the waiting area. I didn't know who he was but it became clear he was someone famous because workers from cargo kept appearing and asking to get a photo with him. I even took a few photos for a couple of his fans. He smiled, small talked, and said yes to everyone who wanted a picture with him. He seemed humble and kind -- and it seems he still is.

What do you think of J. Cole helping single moms?


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