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J. Cole Spends Time With Inmates Serving Life Sentences + Rihanna Isn’t Playing Any Games About Education Access (And Bikes!) For Girls


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J. Cole and Rihanna are on their YBF CELEBS GIVE BACK vibe. Find out what they’re up to inside…

J. Cole is busy making moves on his 4 Your Eyez Only Tour, but that hasn’t stopped him from finding time to give back.

The Dreamville rapper paid a visit to the San Quentin State Prison in the Bay Area to meet and greet inmates serving life sentences. Not only did he snap a few flicks with the prisoners, they also got a chance to sit down with the rapper and chop it up about their life experiences.

As Cole is an amazing storyteller, we can only imagine what types of tracks he’ll come up with after hearing their stories.

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Dreamville Records president Ibrahim Hamad shared a series of pictures of Cole meeting with the inmates and captioned, “We got the opportunity to spend the day at San Quentin State Prison talking and meeting inmates who will never see the outside again. That experience was a life changing experience and wish I had the ability to put that in a caption but that wouldn't be doing it justice.”



The Fayetteville rapper is a huge advocate for prison reform and has been very vocal about it over the years. During his tour, he has been rocking an orange prison jumpsuit as he’s escorted off stage by police officers. On his track for 4 Your Eyez Only, he raps, “I dedicate these words to you and all the other children/Affected by mass incarceration in this nation/That sent your pops to prison when he needed education.”


How can you not love this man?!

In other celebs give back news...



Rihanna is serious about helping young girls receive access to education.

Rih’s foundation, the Clara Lionel Foundation, has teamed up with ofo (a bike share platform) to fund scholarships for girls living in the impoverished southeast African country, Malawi. Not only that, they’ve donated bikes to the students to help them get to class everyday. The five-year partnership, called “1 KM Action,” came about after the Pop star visited the country in January.

“I’m so happy about the Clara Lionel Foundation’s new partnership with ofo because it will help so many young people around the world receive a quality education, and also help the young girls of Malawi get to school safely, cutting down those very long walks they make to and from school all alone,” the 29-year-old singer said in a press release.

Keep it up Rih! 

Photos: @kingofqueenz25

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