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Travis Scott to receive award for philanthropy efforts

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Travis Scott

Hip hop artist Travis Scott has been flexing his philanthropic arms. In October, Scott tweeted that he’d pay a semester’s tuition to five students at historically Black colleges and universities, reports Billboard. He chose some of the recipients via social media, and a month later he launched his charitable Cactus Jack Foundation.

The foundation partnered with his hometown of Houston to distribute 50,000 free meals to residents during the Texas freeze in February. For his efforts, the Grammy-nominated rapper, whose real name is Jacques Webster, was one of five recipients announced of the first RAD — Red Carpet Advocacy — impact awards, which honor cultural figures who “inspire purpose” in their work. His fellow recipients were actors Charlize Theron, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Laverne Cox and Margot Robbie.

Luxury Stores at Amazon partnered with RAD, an agency that creates advocacy campaigns that for charities, to underwrite donations to five charities picked by the celebrities. (The amounts were not specified.) Luxury Stores has also created an online shop, the RAD Impact Edit, to benefit the charities. Through Friday (Apr. 30) this week, RAD says all of Amazon’s sales proceeds from the shop will be donated to the charities.

Scott’s foundation, which will receive contributions from Amazon, plans to give several more scholarships for HBCU students using the funding. Separately, the rapper, who is co-parenting his 3-year-old daughter, Stormi, with her mother, Kylie Jenner, is working on a project in Houston that will operate as a design education center for youth.