A few weeks ago, a little six-year-old boy stunned the country with his viral message on gun violence in his hometown of St. Louis. After losing his own cousin in a drive-by shooting, Jeffrey “Lil J” Laney admitted being afraid that he was going to die, and begged his community to stop the violence. It definitely gained the attention of and really moved a lot of people, even rapper Pusha T!
In fact, Pusha T was so moved that he took the time to write Lil J a letter, and to make the boy’s summer INCREDIBLE! Pusha revealed to the boy and his mom, LeeLee Cheatham, that he not only set up a college fund for Lil J, but that Lil J was going to Six Flags with his cousins! In addition to that, the six-year-old is headed to a summer camp session with the Boys & Girls Club, and going to see an exclusive screening of the upcoming film Spider-Man: Homecoming. Pusha even sent a bunch of toys, games, and books to Lil J’s home, so that the boy would still have fun when he wasn’t at camp.
Check out Pusha’s letter below!
Thanks to @theshaderoom for introducing me to Lil J & his mom @leelee0381 >>>>>>>>>>>>>> Dear Lil J, Hi my name is Terrence "Pusha -T" Thornton. I saw your video and I'm really sorry that you are having to deal with people shooting guns and hurting others where you live. A lot of people can't imagine how hard it is being a kid where you are from, If I were you, I would be scared too. But I thought it was very brave of you to speak up and try to help your family, friends, and community. There a lot of 6yr olds all over the United States who are scared just like you and guess who their Super Hero is…YOU!! Your video really woke me up. You are a thoughtful and smart kid at such a young age already, I can tell. You spoke so clearly about something so terrible in gun violence and fear, which is something no child should be speaking about with so much knowledge. I would much rather you taught me how to play video games or build a car or about the latest comic book you read and if you think Spiderman really is better than Batman. I know I can’t solve all of your problems at once but hopefully this is a start. Hopefully other men in our communities saw your video and also realize that a 6 year old boy just challenged us all to do better. No matter where we are in life we have to look out for the youth. Since you like helping people I wanna help you. What I'm gonna do for you is make sure that you have the fun that every 6yr old should have this summer. I'm sending you, your cousins Janiya and Brandon to Six Flags Amusement Park in St Louis, I know you guys are gonna have the best time. When you arrive back, all of you will start summer camp at the Boys and Girls club. All summer long you will be learning, playing, and meeting new friends. I heard that you love Spider Man so I'm gonna make sure that you will be one of the first to see new Spider-Man movie next month!! I also sent some things to your house for the times you aren't away at camp. There are some games, books, an iPad and other toys to help you enjoy the summer and beyond. I can’t wait to hear about which books you liked better and which car was the fastest. I hope the package encourages you t
Of course, Lil J and his mom were so grateful, with LeeLee even posting a pic and video
Pusha T blessed LIL J with PS4, KARAOKE MACHINE, GIFTS CARDS TO GAP, GAMES, APPLE IPAD, SUMMER CAMP FOR HIM AND HIS COUSINS, TRIP FOR ALL OF US TO SIX FLAGS, COLLEGE FUND AND MORE.. WE LOVE U PUSHA T!!!!❤❤❤
This is amazing for Pusha T to do! He’s always giving back to communities in this country, specifically to those of color, so this is really no surprise. However, now Lil J can hopefully be more optimistic about his future, knowing that people believe in him and have his back! This also continues the very necessary discussion about gun violence in this country. No child should be afraid for his or her life due to violence in their communities!