Posted by Dave
Rap News Network
10/12/2005 5:36:45 PM
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Known for his charitable work and philanthropic contributions, hip hop and rap artist Nelly has received his own star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame.
The honor is a first for the Grammy-award winning rapper and the St. Louis, Missouri native will be the youngest inductee for the St. Louis Walk of Fame.
The Star is given to St. Louis natives whose accomplishments have had a national impact on the cultural heritage of St. Louis.
Nelly, who attended University City High School in St. Louis, is being honored because he often makes reference to and promotes his hometown through his music and videos.
There are approximately 250 natives of the city from the past and present, that represent national luminaries from fields such as art, music, architecture, literature, journalism, civil rights, education, science, sports, acting, entertainment and broadcasting.
Nelly has been synonymous with charitable work as of late. His non-profit, 4 Sho 4 Kids has sponsored several bone marrow campaigns across the country to raise awareness and increase the number of marrow donor members.
He also recently presented a $50,000 check as a donation to the Martin Luther King Memorial Project Foundation.
The donation will go towards helping to build a memorial on the mall in Washington, D.C., in honor of the civil rights legend, who was assassinated in 1968.
In other news, Nelly recently struck a chord with parents on underage-drinking prevention by collaborating with Anheuser-Busch on a series of ads.
The ad features Nelly talking to parents about placing an emphasis on the important role they play in helping teens make smart, responsible choices about not drinking.
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