Megan Thee Stallion is Honoring Her Late Parents With a New Charity

Grammy-winning rapper Megan Thee Stallion loved her parents more than anything. Now, the Houston-bred femcee is all on her own and making her parents proud from afar. And now, she’s keeping the memory of her parents alive in her home city.

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Megan Thee Stallion’s parents died before she became a superstar

Megan Thee Stallion was first inspired to start rapping after watching her mother, Holly Thomas, who performed under the name Holly-Wood. Megan started writing her own raps throughout high school. When she showed her mom her skills, she insisted that she get her education first before pursuing rap as a career.

Her father, Joe Pete, died when she was a freshman in high school. In a 2020 interview with Marie Claire, Megan admitted that he inspired her. “My dad was definitely my best friend, but for the first eight years of my life, he was in jail,” she admitted. “When he got out, we were together everyday.” Her father’s love continues to inform how she views love today. “I saw how he treated my mom, and I saw how my dad treated me,” she said. “I have so many strong positive influences. I’m not going to lower my standards.”

Her mother, Holly Thomas, died in March 2019 due to brain cancer; her grandmother died the same month. Her breakout mixtape Fever was released in May of that year.

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Megan Thee Stallion honored her parents with a new foundation

To keep the memory of her parents alive, Megan announced on her 27th birthday in February 2022 that she was creating a new charitable organization to help support low-income families in her hometown of Houston.

“In celebration of my birthday, I’m honored to introduce the Pete and Thomas Foundation,” Meg wrote in the caption on Instagram. “@PeteThomasFDN is a non-profit organization focused on uplifting and assisting women, children, senior citizens, and underserved communities in Houston, Texas and across the world. My parents raised me to help others and give back, and I’m incredibly proud to launch this foundation in their memory.”

Giving back to Houston has always been a part of Megan’s grand plan. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree in health administration in 2021 and plans to open assisted living facilities across Houston — something she had wanted to do before she even became a world-famous rapper.

Megan wants to make her family and her city proud

In December 2021, Megan was awarded the 18th Congressional District Humanitarian Award in her hometown of Houston. The prestigious award is given to those who have made a lasting humanitarian impact in the community.

“I’m so honored,” Megan said in her acceptance speech. “It’s my responsibility to take care of the city that took care of me. My grandma always taught me to be kind and giving. I learned that from her. I was raised by very giving women. So, I want to dedicate this award to my grandma because she taught me to be the woman I am today.”

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