Jay-Z performed to thousands of fans at a packed Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio this past Sunday night. Local news site WFMY reported that a few hundred of them were foster kids and parents, adopted children, aged out youth, birth parents and supporters who attended the show for free thanks to #FosterCare and Roc Nation.
Kevinee Gilmore, a self-identified digital activist, social impact brand ambassador, housing developer, and foster mom, started the hashtag foster care movement in order to raise more awareness to the system and “engage a whole new set of eyes”. Her Instagram, @hashtagfostercare, often shares pictures of herself and the various celebrities who support her cause holding up a #fostercare sign across her home city of Cleveland.
Being able to see makes you #greedy Being able to #feel makes you empathize in action This #house I’m rehabbing is being created bc I’ve been so blessed… Only 4% of kids who age out of #FosterCare receive their #college #degree I have one after 7 years I own my homes outright And my car is paid for she’s old but she’s paid for I want to teach #fosteryouth those same things all over the world! It would be a disgrace to God to watch #youngadult ‘s suffer out of #FosterCare Most of you don’t want to #foster or #adopt but #donating to the link in my bio Is being part of the solution! #steviewonder told me he could Feel my #energy he didn’t need to see the #sign to #support But you have & we can’t deny I’ve been more than diligent! Have you #donated or reposted my #video on your page?
@hillaryclinton taught me something you can have all the credentials all the accolades all the followers all the love & guess what a rookie could still get the job! The #universe loves speed when the thought to do something is there ACT! You don't have to keep calling, emailing, second guessing asking friends, winners like winners! Just do it Set big Goals ones that scare the shit out of you! I do everything scared #hillaryclinton #imstillwithher #KeviCares #FBF
So naturally, when Gilmore met Mrs. Perez, the COO of Jay-Z’s entertainment company Roc Nation, she told her all about the work she does with the foster system and the celebrities and politicians she’s gotten on board. Mrs. Perez then told Gilmore that she wanted to give her free tickets for when Jay-Z came to Cleveland.
Pay attention to the people who think of the village! It’s #nationaladoptionmonth & I’m extremely grateful for @shawncartersf & @rocnation will afford close to 300 #fosterkids #adopted youth #fosterparents #socialworker’s #teachers #fatherson #birthparents boys in #grouphome ‘s #atriskyouth #mothers returning from #prison the ability to attend the #444tour not only is #jayz my favorite #rapper this opportunity will change the lives of #fosterkids in my city! Some have never been to a #concert in their entire lives When a door is open don’t Just think about myself shoutout to @des.perez & Ms. Diaz for blessing us & keeping your word! #hiphop is changing lives! When being a #fosterkid has it perks ? #FosterCare #KeviCares
Mrs. Perez, on behalf of Jay-Z and Roc Nation, provided Gilmore with 300 tickets that were distributed to Cleveland residents involved in the foster system. When the Town Hall in Ohio City heard about the generous act, they decided to host a pre-concert get-together with free food, a shuttle to and from the venue, and VIP treatment.
“Thanksgiving is coming around and a lot of them will be depressed, they will be in a state of depression,” Gilmore said. “At least this is something that’s memorable, that they had a good time.”