May 2 has officially been announced as Megan Thee Stallion Day in Houston, in honour of the rapper’s philanthropic work in her home city.
Megan Thee Stallion, real name Megan Pete, was honoured at a ceremony yesterday (May 1), where she was awarded the key to the city and a day in her name.
“Megan Thee Stallion has an extraordinary entertainment career, but we wanted to honour her for what she does offstage to lift people’s lives in underserved communities,” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said (via ABC 11).
He continued: “She assisted people after the 2021 winter storm, during the pandemic, and helped those struggling with homelessness. I look forward to watching her grow as an artist and humanitarian.”
In a video from the ceremony, Megan is emotional as she thanked the mayor for the honour, acknowledging her late mother and grandmother, whose birthday’s both fall on May 2.
“I really can’t believe I got my own key to my own city,” she said.
“Both of these women helped me grow into the woman that I am today. I don’t know what kind of lady I would be if granny didn’t raise me to be so kind and so giving. You could walk by these ladies’ house and they givin’ out dollars, candy – whatever they’ve got, they’re givin’ it out the door.
“And I always wanted to be just like that. I wanted to be nice like them. They made me feel so beautiful and so loved, and they made everybody they met feel just like that. So I was like, ‘When I grow up, I wanna be just like them.’”
One of the rapper’s charitable endeavours includes launching the Pete and Thomas Foundation in 2021, a non-profit set up in honour of her late parents, which focuses on social issues like housing and education.
The rapper later posted about the honour on Instagram with pictures from the event. “Came home real quick to get THEE KEY TO THEE CITY, and in honor of my mother and grandmother’s birthday MAY 2ND is officially MEGAN THEE STALLION DAY IN HOUSTON TX.
She continued: “thank you Mayor @sylvesterturner for honoring me today and I will continue to give back to the city that made me who I am today #htown.”
At the end of last month, Megan Thee Stallion spoke out about being shot in an incident in 2020 which left her with a foot injury, revealing that she feared for her life.