Last week, St. Louis honored music producer, Leland Wayne, better known as Metro Boomin, when he was given the Keys to the City. While getting this acknowledgment, the city also declared Dec. 14 “Leland “Metro Boomin” Wayne Day” and “Leslie Joanne Single Mothers and Caregivers Appreciation Day” in honor of the producer’s late mother. The honor was given to him by St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones.
According to St. Louis Public Radio, Jones acknowledged the talent of the producer while handing him the honor, “Metro has a distinct ear for music composition, creating melodic, yet percussive beats, that you can’t help but dance to. It’s a bop, ya’ll. It’s a bop!”
On the same day, the seventh annual “Single Moms Are Superheros” holiday event, was relaunched as the Leslie Joanne Soirée, named after Metro’s mother, was a gala for 250 single mothers, which included a performance by R&B singer and actress, Brandy.
Metro spoke and stated that this is the start of helping the city “turn things around.”
“This is only the beginning of all the great things that I want to do for the city to help turn things around one household at a time. As far as today, the day is officially Leslie Joanne Day after my mother—and not after myself.”
Metro accepted the proclamations and keys along with his brothers and sisters, 27-year-old Leah, 25-year-old Landon, 13-year-old Lauren, and 9-year-old Logan by his side.
The Leslie Joanne Soirée was done in conjunction with Rung for Women. The organization is dedicated to assisting women as they seek independence for themselves through career coaching, skills training, and coordinated resources. There is no cost to the women who participate in the program.
Last year, Metro collaborated with The Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation to launch the “Single Moms Are The Real Superheroes” campaign. The initiative was created to assist women who are met with struggles they may face as solo parents.