Lil Baby continues to be recognized as an artist on and off the stage. On Thursday night, the rapper received the Quincy Jones Philanthropy Award at the second annual Music in Action Awards benefiting the Black Music Action Coalition. In accordance with billboardBeebe received the award for his social and racial justice efforts. Roommates, you know Baby is true to giving back to the community.
The award highlighted his annual “Back to School Fest” at Atlanta’s West End Mall. The festival partnered with Gooder, where they provided over 3,000 local children with music, games, carnival rides, food, backpacks, school supplies and haircuts. In addition, Beebe also worked with Atlanta restaurateur Lemont Bradley to provide 100 jobs to young adults and created the $150,000 “My Turn” scholarship program for former high school students.
The “My Turn” rapper took the stage to accept his award to a standing ovation from the 600-strong crowd. Baby in a black dress said:
“Honestly, I didn’t know what a philanthropist was, but when I looked into it and started reading, I realized that I was actually a philanthropist.” “I just want to say that I appreciate everyone here because nothing we do or try to do is done by one person,” he added. “We all have to stick together and stick together.”
The gala was a star studded event. Throughout the evening, additional awards were presented via video by presenters, including Anthony Hamilton as well as Brandy, Chuck D, and Dee Nice. Other highlights of the night include 300 Entertainment’s Kevin Liles and Recording Academy’s Harvey Mason Jr., Panos A. Panay and former president Velisha Butterfield Jones received community impact awards.
Congratulations, Lil Baby!