Just days after organizing a peaceful protest in honor of Tyre Nichols, NLE Choppa‘s announced he’s launching a skate foundation to support the man’s family.
“I wanna start a foundation, a charity around ‘Skate 4 Tyre,'” Choppa says in an interview with TMZ. “Not only do I wanna give the proceeds to Tyre and his family, I wanna give it to his son. I pray that when that child grows up they can differentiate between what’s real and what’s not, and what’s real is giving back and making sure a positive light is shown over their life.”
Tyre, a 29-year-old Black man, was severely beaten and killed by five officers during a traffic stop in Memphis, Tennessee, on January 7. He reportedly enjoyed skateboarding, a hobby NLE has picked up and hopes to take more seriously in the wake of Tyre’s death.
“I still got the skateboard, the one I was using for the protest, and even the two days after the protest I skated each of those days, so for sure it’s a hobby I picked up,” Choppa said. “Every time I skate, I’m gonna remember bro and always put on for him and that I just appreciate him.”
He continued, “Even though he passed away in a negative manner … the ripple effect he sent throughout the city for sure touched me and it’s something that I wanna take full accountability for as far as just a new hobby, doing something new, doing something he wanted me to do.”
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