Sat 15 Jun, 2019
In a political climate that is going to shit, one can feel discouraged as fuck most of the time. The leadership in this country is beyond suspect, but amongst all these snakes there are a few good men and women in our community doing their best to make a difference and a positive impact on the planet.
In order to take a break from the bullshit let us pause and highlight some of the high profile African American men and women who are taking a stand and giving back out this bitch.
Jaden’s boxed water company has donated thousands of gallons of water to Flint, Michigan. He has also contributed to the creation of technology that will help to clean and distribute water locally to the neighborhoods of Flint. He advocates for free-thinking and self-awareness as well has started his own label bringing independent culturally diverse artists to the forefront of the industry.
When she’s not live-tweeting Game Of Thrones episodes, Jones is outing online trolls, giving you jewels on hate speech versus free speech, ageism and the benefits of diet and exercise.
The days of ‘Melo being on “Skinny Suge” DVDs are long gone. The man who has been the lone bright spot on the Knicks has been riding hard for #BlackLivesMatter in case you didn’t know.
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith
You never imagine the guy from Suicide Squad going in about, materialism or the police being a proxy for protecting the interests of one group and subverting the interests of another. Will Smith continues to speak out openly about injustice and family values.
The celebrity power couple’s foundation, the Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation, is dedicated to improving the Black community. The couple has donated thousands to the Lupus Foundation and supported clean water efforts in Ethiopia. They donated $1 million to the Baltimore School for the Arts, Jada’s alma mater. In September 2015, the pair donated $150,000 to Louis Farrakhan’s Justice Or Else march.
Nelly made headlines for establishing a scholarship in slain teen Michael Brown’s name and he has continuously helped Black students succeed; Twelve students from the St. Louis metropolitan area are awarded a four-year, full tuition scholarship at the annual Black and White Ball in Missouri. And in 2014, Nelly covered the more than $100,000 in costs to attend Missouri’s Lindenwood University for the award recipients.
Sean “Diddy” Combs has been giving back to the community he grew up in. The mogul opened a school called Capital Preparatory Harlem with Steve Perry. Perry is known for his work in developing charter schools in the northeastern United States. Throughout his career, Diddy has donated millions to The Boys and Girls Club — specifically the Harlem location — which he helped save. He also ran the 2003 New York City Marathon and raised $2 million for the city.
In her travels to Africa, tennis star Serena Williams saw that things were “simply not fair.” After witnessing children missing out on education, she vowed to open a secondary school in Kenya. The Serena Williams Secondary School opened in Matooni, Kenya in 2008. Another called The Wee Secondary School, launched two years later in the same country. Both were constructed in partnership with Build African Schools. Earlier this year, the Serena Williams Fund partnered with Helping Hands Jamaica to build the Salt Marsh Primary School on the island.
Barbados-born Rihanna donated $1.75 million to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Bridgetown. The donation, which went toward new equipment for the radiology center, was in memory of her late grandma Dolly. The department is now renamed the Clara Braithwaite Centre for Oncology and Nuclear Medicine. Rihanna also hosts her annual Diamond Ball, which raised more than $3 million for the Clara Lionel Foundation last year.
Since the Shawn Carter Foundation was founded in 2003, Jay Z has given millions to support Black youth and empower Black communities. The organization has donated $3.6 million toward a scholarship fund, yearly campus tours, study-abroad excursions, counseling initiatives and volunteer programs. His streaming music company, Tidal, donated $1.5 million dollars to Black Lives Matter earlier this year.
An outspoken advocate for diversity in Hollywood and the importance of education for girls, Shahidi has used her voice for good. She formed Yara’s Club, a partnership with The Young Women’s Leadership School that brings high school students together to discuss social issues and how to take action and has worked on Michelle Obama’s Let Girls Learn education initiative (the former first lady wrote her a college letter of recommendation).
That letter of recommendation paid off: Shahidi, who is now 17, is recently committed to a spot at Harvard University, where she plans to double major in sociology and African-Americans study.
Yep! I made the list! 🤣🤓
Before being woke was popular, trendy, and a good look I was putting people up on all the conscious game and being of service to my community in every capacity. I continuously use my platform to deconstruct the systems of oppression at large in today’s society. Constantly challenging and speaking out against faulty systems in politics and religion. For years I’ve been funding a basketball league that pours into the education and development of African American youth. I also host an annual food drive that feeds and shelters battered women and homeless families that are in need of proper nutrition and care. I am very passionate about moving the people forward and I continue to prove it’s not for the gram….its for the love. EG