This weekend, August 17, Rapper Big Sean returned back home to the West Side of Detroit for his second annual philanthropic “Detroit’s On Now” charity drive hosted by his Sean Anderson Foundation. The weekend was full of free events, carnival rides and hairstyling sessions. Sean himself also led a free mental health panel discussion about taking care of himself mentally, spiritually and physically.
Back in 2015, Sean built a recording studio at his old high school, and now the hometown hero is taking it a step further to support his hometown’s art scene. Sean unveiled a $100K state-of-the-art production studio at a local Boys and Girls club complete with everything young creatives will need to thrive.
Speaking to the Detroit Free Press, Sean said that organizations like Boys & Girls club are a fundamental resource in children’s lives that can truly make a difference.
“I think it can save somebody’s life, if they have somewhere to go. I think it can change somebody’s life. It can be the start of million-dollar companies,” the rapper shared. “It all starts here. I think there are going to be a lot more millionaires and billionaires from Detroit, and I think the Boys & Girls Club is going to have something to do with that.”
The Dick and Sandy Dauch Boys and Girls Club currently has three video-editing bays and an audio-mixing console and will be dedicated to hosting live performances, movie nights and special classes on topics not readily available, such as screenwriting. “The West Side of Detroit is my old neighborhood,” he said. “It’s a full-circle moment when your neighborhood supports you and holds you high, and you’re in a position to be able to hold it up in your own way and take it further.”