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In the midst of an incredibly self-obsessed generation, it is refreshing to witness an arbitrary act of kindness. Recently, female rappers have been notably charitable in their escapades. With a spotlight on Nicki Minaj and breakthrough rapper CupcakKe, here are some of the most heartwarmingly selfless celebrity acts of kindness throughout the last year.

Getting into the Christmas spirit last year, rapper CupcakKe decided to pay a visit to the homeless shelter that once housed her during difficult times. While visiting, the rapper not only donated $1500 to the shelter but also provided toys for the kids staying there. “Went to the shelter and dropped off toys,” CupcakKe wrote in a Facebook post, sharing that, “when I had nothing to eat, nowhere to go, no nothing the SHELTER WAS THERE.” The rapper emphasized how glad she is to finally be in a place where she is able to give, and concluded the note by saying that she, “struggled for years and I will definitely be donating more soon,” and ending with, “wish I could give them every dollar in my pocket.”

Keeping up on the charitable deeds, CupcakKe reached out to help a fan in trouble at the end of February. Her 17-year-old fan Christian reached out to her a little while after his mother discovered his true sexuality through reading the teen’s text messages. Christian tweeted the following at CupcakKe, “@CupcakKe_rapper I’m homeless my mom just booted me from the house 🙁 yr music is helping me pull through queen…going through some tough [stuff].” After seeing this, CupcakKe immediately reached out to her young fan and offered to pay for a hotel for him to stay in, worried he’d be stuck out in the cold if not. Christian voiced his appreciation through a direct message to the rapper, and she responded by saying, “Let me [know] I just want you to be nice, warm and safe.”

Continuing on with the theme of charity over the social media platform Twitter, Sunday night fellow female rapper Nicki Minaj made a point to promote education and began offering her most diplomatic followers a full paid college tuition. Minaj tweeted, “Show me straight A’s that I can verify w/ur school and I’ll pay it. Who wants to join THAT contest?!?!Dead serious. Shld I set it up?” Tweets flooded Minaj’s inbox from hopeful teens seeking the star’s financial help. She told followers that if they could verify they were in school, she would assist them on the monetary front. Minaj requested several people to direct message her their bank account, so she could help them with the costs of tuition, books and student loan debt.

Right before midnight Minaj signed off Twitter, but only after telling upwards of twenty people that she would help them with their educational costs. This was a phenomenal opportunity, and it’s not over yet — Minaj announced shortly after that she would do something similar to this in a couple of months. With these female rappers the charity keeps on coming.

In a society so convoluted by fame and self-obsession, it is extremely fulfilling to witness random acts of kindness such as these ones. It is amazing to watch young, strong, and empowered female artists such as CupcakKe and Minaj flourish and use their wealth to assist those who are less fortunate. These two rappers also exhibit ways to use social media platforms like Twitter for a positive good, rather than using it to tear others down. These acts of charity are wonderful examples of how millionaire celebrities like Minaj, up and coming artists in the music scene like CupcakKe, and even people like you and me can use our power and platforms to become empowered about real issues and do everything we can to solve them.

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