Star rapper J. Cole made a very welcome appearance at the annual For Oak Cliff Back to School Festival at Glendale Park.  While he declined to speak with media, his visit said volumes to those who were there.

“He spoke to every single person, shook every single hand, listened to people’s stories and the things that they’ve been through,” said For Oak Cliff founder Taylor Toynes.  “It’s just a blessing to see that authentic love that he had for our community.”

The record-breaking rapper spent some summers in Oak Cliff while growing up and just happened to have a concert scheduled at the American Airlines Center Saturday night, so the timing was perfect.