After recently being handed his gold plaque by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for selling more than 500,000 units in the US for his hit single Gyal Yuh A Party Animal, Black has decided to celebrate the achievement in a philanthropic way.
The entertainer recently donated $200,000 to Charlton Primary School in St Ann.
In an interview with THE WEEKEND STAR, the entertainer said that having been blessed so much over the past year, he felt it only fitting to show his appreciation by helping those most in need.
Admitting that education plays a vital role in the development of youth, Black said the former would always hold a special place in his heart.
“Education is what most ghetto youths will use to uplift themselves and their families. Most Jamaicans, if they don’t use music as the way out, they use education, and even when they choose music, education is still very important to young people,” he said. “I saw the need at this school and I wanted to help. Team Unstoppable (his team) wanted to do a lot more because the school needs computers and a whole heap more things, but we can’t reach to that right now. I hope this helps the school source some stuff it needs, though, because the youth deserve a proper education.”
The donation came from funds collected from an event the entertainer hosted in the Charlton community last November.
He said that although the event was not a fundraising initiative, he felt the need to give back because he used the space as a venue.
“Many promoters over the years use the location as a venue, and they never did nothing. I am from Trelawny, but most of the people dem from that community know me from Bass Odyssey days. Dem always show me love, and so I try to give back to them as best as I can,” he said.
The artiste is hoping that come next year, he will be able to make a bigger donation, depending on the support the event gets at the end of this year.
“We’re hoping that with the next staging of the event, we can maximise our potential and try to see if we can give them at least three computers. We want to do more, and we’re going to do more. The event is in the community, so it’s best we give back to the community,” he said.