In this time of chaos and panic in the world, several Black celebrities have been doing their parts to keep the hope alive. While this list is not exhaustive in who has done what during the COVID-19 pandemic, this list serves to highlight a few people who have stepped up to the plate to help those who need it most.
- Meek Mill and Jay-Z send almost 95,000 masks to prisons across the country through their REFORM Alliance.
- Rihanna donated $5 million through her Clara Lionel Foundation particularly in marginalized communities in the United States, the Caribbean and in Africa, that are treating the sick and working to prevent the spread of the virus. She also purchased $700,000 worth of ventilators to be sent to her home country of Barbados.
- Jay-Z and Rihanna both donated $1 million a piece from the Sean Carter Foundation and the Clara Lionel Foundation respectively to the Mayor’s Fund for L.A., Fund for Public Schools, American Civil Liberties Union and the New York Immigration Coalition.
- Rihanna and Jay-Z also also partnered with Twitter's CEO to start a $6.2 million grant fund to support rapid COVID-19 repsonses in marginalized communities in New York, Puerto Rico, and New Orleans.
- Snoop Dogg partnered with Beyond Meat to donate 1 million burgers to the workers at a Los Angeles hospital.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabar gifted 900 sets of protective eye wear to the healthcare workers at the UCLA hospital, his alma mater.
- Master P is paying for home cleanings and giving sanitizer to senior citizens in New Orleans.
- Cardi B and Fashion Nova established a $1 million relief fund to help those in vulnerable communities to pay bills, feed their families, and to cover essential needs.
- Future created the "Mask On" campaign to distribute masks throughout hospitals.
- Zion Williamson committed to covering the salaries of Smoothie King Center employees (Home of the New Orleans Pelicans) through the pandemic.
- Russell Wilson and Ciara donated 1 million meals throughout Seattle.
- Kanye West donated an unnumbered amount of meals in his hometown of Chicago and his current city of residence, Los Angeles.
- Pyer Moss' founder, Kerby-Jean Raymond donated $50,000 and has turned his business into a donation center.
- LeBron James donated 1300 meals to students at his I Promise School.
- Diddy held a dance-a-thon with celebrity guests such as Lizzo, Drake, LeBron, Will Smith, LaLa Anthony, Naomi Campbell, Tiffany Haddish and a ton of others, raising over $4 million to healthcare organizations and professionals in Black and Brown communities that are normally under-served to aid in rushing critical medicines and medical supplies and equipment.
Just want to send a huge thank you to you all and want to encourage others to continue to help in whatever ways possible to beat this pandemic.
Beyonce' said "We're going to get through this" last night on the Disney sing-a-long, so you know what we are going to do? GET THROUGH THIS!!!
Stay safe & STAY HOME, everyone!!!