How SNL's Michael Che Is Honoring His Grandmother's Memory By Helping Others
She died after contracting coronavirus. Che is now vowing to making life a little easier for others affected by the pandemic.
Saturday Night Live start Michael Che, best known as co-anchor of SNL's Weekend Update, is mourning the loss of his grandmother to the coronavirus. And he's turning his grief into an act of kindness to honor her and help hundreds of others who may be struggling to make ends meet because of the pandemic.
Che revealed in a now-deleted Instagram post that his grandmother Martha died April 6 after contracting the virus. "I'm doing OK, considering. I'm obviously very hurt and angry that she had to go through all that pain alone," he wrote. "But I'm also happy that she's not in pain anymore."
Che announced on his Instagram page late Wednesday that in his grandmother's "spirit and memory," he would pay one month's rent for 160 residents of the public housing high rise where his grandmother once lived. He also called out New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and music mogul Diddy."It's crazy to me that residents of public housing are still expected to pay their rent when so many new yorkers can't even work," he said. "I know thats just a drop in the bucket. so i really hope the city has a better plan for debt forgiveness for all the people in public housing, AT THE VERY LEAST."
On this past Saturday's show, Che acknowledged his grandmother's death, and signed off "for Weekend Update, I'm Martha's grandbaby."
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We don't know how much it costs to pay a month's rent for 160 people. What we do know is that a month's rent is huge for low-income folks who may have been debating whether to pay the rent or put food on the table. We can't think of a better way to honor someone you love by making a difference for others.