A heartening story has emerged from a great New York Times investigative piece by Jonah Engel Bromwich-- who is also a Pitchfork contributor. Apparently, Ludacris--whose real name is Christopher Brian Bridges--has been randomly buying groceries and other items for strangers when he feels he can help out. Bromwich began looking into the story after a woman named Therra Gwyn Jaramillo penned a 1200 plus word post on her Facebook account about how a man named Chris paid $375 for her groceries at Whole Foods. Jaramillo was struggling at the time and paying for her groceries with a $250 gift card given to her by a friend. When she went over, Chris stepped in to help. But it wasn't an isolated incident.
While Luda is known to have a big heart--last year the rapper surprised his mom for Mother's Day with a home makeover--Bromwich and The Times had to verify the story and what they uncovered is amazing. According to The Times piece, Ludacris has been doing this kind of thing for some time and he also frequents Whole Foods. The Times published numerous social media posts about Ludacris sightings in Whole Foods in his hometown of Atlanta and even in California. But what about buying food for those in need?
The Times contacted Luda’s manager Chaka Zulu who had this to say about Luda’s culinary philanthropy. “Funny thing, Luda does these things all the time. But he doesn’t want to do interviews to highlight it. It’s just his heart.” Pretty awesome. You can read the entire New York Times piece here.