Simone Biles Helps Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts In Hometown Houston

Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles took time on Thursday morning to help out with the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in her hometown of Houston.

“I feel like Houston is one of the strongest cities in the world,” Biles told Good Morning America. “It is amazing to see everyone giving back. Even people that have lost everything in this storm, they’re even coming and volunteering so that’s super exciting to see.”

Biles was helping distribute supplies at the Lone Star Convention and Expo Center in Conroe, Texas.

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Biles was at her home in the Houston area during the storm. On Thursday, she tweeted: “we still need your help – (clothes,food,blood) everything counts. donate donate donate.”

(Written by Sports Illustrated)

Beyonce, Jamie Foxx, Chris Brown Healing Hearts in Houston

You know the old saying, ask and you shall receive? It works!

Especially if Kevin Hart is making the request. The funnyman put in a plea to his A-list friends Sunday to follow his lead (he donated $50K) in opening their check books to all those affected by Harvey.

And they came through.

Like our girl Beyonce. The H-town native promised to help the hurricane victims through her BEYGOOD charity.

In the meantime, her pastor outed her for already secretly donating a substantial amount. There are whispers around the Web the “Halo” singer gave $7 million. Y’all heard it here first *wink*wink.

Chris Brown took to Twitter yesterday to meet Kevin Hart’s challenge by donating $100,000 to Red Cross, despite being weary of the org.

Aren’t we all Breezy. Sorry but not sorry–they do have a sketchy history.

Nicki Minaj, T.I. and DJ Khaled also met Kevin Hart’s challenge.

I'll donate 25K for Houston. Praying for everyone there. Great work @kevinhart4real

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Kevin Hart’s giving train has officially landed on Red Cross’ crowdrise page.Where donations have already surpassed a million.

Don’t say Kevin doesn’t have a heart…again sorry, not sorry.

Today Jamie Foxx, made his city proud by not only donating $25,000 to GlobalGiving, a non-profit that uses worldwide crowdfunding tactics for charity projects.

The “Beat Shazam” host also announced a Helping Houston telethon on Sept. 12 in L.A., NY and Nashville.

Are you inspired to give yet? Where are you guys donating?

Yet Another Reason to Love Bruno Mars

Just when you thought you couldn’t love Bruno Mars any more than you already did.

I know…impossible.

Well, it’s very likely when the “Versace on the Floor” crooner announced donating $1 million to Flint, Michigan’s relief efforts to decontaminate the city’s lead laced water supply.

More specifically proceeds will go to The Community Foundation of Greater Flint, a local charity which works with nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving the health and development of children affected by the water crisis, as well as supporting small and minority-owned businesses in the area.

Bruno made the announcement on stage at Auburn Hills, Michigan, close by to Detroit and Flint.

God bless you Michigan!

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The Guardian reports Bruno released this statement about the much needed donation.

I’m very thankful to the Michigan audience for joining me in supporting this cause. Ongoing challenges remain years later for Flint residents, and it’s important that we don’t forget our brothers and sisters affected by this disaster. As people, especially as Americans, we need to stand together to make sure something like this never happens in any community ever again.

Thanks Bruno for remembering the forgotten Flint residents still affected by the 2014 fatal water crisis.

Let’s hope others are paying attention.

Common is Helping Teachers Start School Year Off Right

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Rapper Common is making his educator mama proud.

By donating $10Gs to the Renaissance School of the Arts in Harlem today, through the AdoptAClassroom.org non-profit. The national org gives teachers (who shell $600 outta pocket for pens, paper, trapper keepers, etc) and their students much needed school supplies.

“Growing up, I watched how my Mother cared for her students, both as an educator and outside of the classroom. I realized very early just how important it is to have an adult in your corner, and for many kids that adult is often a teacher,” said Common. “I’m proud to support AdoptAClassroom.org and their partnership with Burlington to help provide classroom supplies to teachers and students in need.”

The coat factory is also throwing a hat in the cause. Pun intended. Don’t think I don’t see you rolling your eyes. Y’all love my corny jokes.

Anyway back on topic. Burlington is pushing their down-coat loving customers to donate at least a $1 to AdoptAClassroom.org to ease teachers pocketbook burdens by running the campaign in all 599 stores across the country.

The Save Our School Supplies (SOSS) drive will run through August 19, 2017. All the money raised will be doled out to teachers this fall where nearby Burlington stores exist.

So get to shopping guys, so teachers can shop less.

Kendrick Lamar Buys Super Fan a Wheelchair-Accessible Van

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Generosity must be in his DNA.

How else would you explain Kendrick Lamar’s obsession with giving away cars?

Most recently the five time Grammy-winning rapper surprised super fan Jennifer Phillips with a wheelchair-accessible van during a tour stop in Texas on Friday.

The Dallas native—who has gone to every Kendrick Lamar show in the Big D—started a GoFundMe page to raise money for the van.

Kendrick Lamar and his Top Dawg Entertainment record label must have caught wind of the quadriplegic’s wish because she was was whisked backstage to meet the Humble rapper, and given a handwritten thank you tee.

So about last night… lol. If you know me or even just look in my Instagram profile for two minutes then you know I am a huge Kendrick Lamar and TDE fan/supporter for YEARS. I've been to every show Kendrick has had in Dallas including the first one that even he forgot about lol and one in Austin. That's 8 shows and not including the other TDE artists shows. I was a big fan of music and concerts before my injury but I never supported and loved a label like theirs before. Of course they have great music but they are also great people. None of them have ever treated me like a stranger or a charity case lol. I didn't meet them because I'm in a wheelchair. I just know great people (shout out to @bluethegreat for the initial in person introduction to Dot & Q). I never supported them for any benefits like this lol. Their music and shows were enough for me. But this is amazing and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I love you all and always will. Thank God for you Kendrick and I will continue to pray for you. And like I said, next time I'm driving myself to your show lol. Thanks to the whole team! #tde

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Last but not least Kendrick gave her the money for the van.

Now that’s an unforgettable night. Jen will be a K.L. stan for life behind this.

She’s even plotting the next Kendrick concert.

“Next time I’m driving myself to your show,” Phillips wrote on Instagram.

Fair warning, it likely won’t be a V-class Mercedes Benz type whip.

So please, please, please don’t give this really good dude flak for that like when he bought his lil sis a Toyota Camry for her high school graduation.

I’d rather a Camry (nice ride, BTW) than a bus pass. That’s all I’m sayin’.

And I’m sure Jen, who injured her spinal cord in a car accident in 2007, is appreciative of the comfortable ride.

Touchdown for Charity!! NFL Ballers Invest in 12-year-old’s Lemonade Business

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Minute Maid better watch their back, ’cause Mikaila Ulmer is coming through with her Me & The Bees lemonade, and she’s got some major backup.

From heavy hitters.

The Houston Chronicle reports current NFL players—Arian Foster, Glover Quin, Duane Brown, Jonathan Grimes, Omar Bolden, Bobby Wagner, Darius Slay, Sharrick McManis, EJ Manuel and Malick Jackson—banded together to invest $810K into Mikaila’s lemonade stand-turned-grown-woman biz. (Me and The Bees lemonade is on Whole Food shelves, y’all)

“She’s so humble,” Foster told the Houston Chronicle. “You always have to be open and willing to learn, and she is. I’m learning from her, too. It’s a cycle. You have to keep an open mind and continue to grow.”

“Of course, any time you invest in anything you look at if it’s going to be profitable,” Foster said. “We look for companies that match our main focus of developing a good product, but are also good people and do it for the right reasons. It’s more than about money to us. We believe that investing in small black businesses is extremely important.

The beverage tween and Austin native, met Arian Foster and Glover Quin at “Been Brilliant Entrepreneur Day” at Holthouse Boys & Girls Club in Houston Thursday.

“It’s awesome that I get to work with and around these two,” Ulmer said while sitting next to Foster and Quin, according to the Houston Chronicle. “They’re very smart. I learned a lot from them in the past couple of hours. I’m very happy that I’m able to work with them and they invested in my company and them helping us and mentoring us and believing in our mission. I think we have a better chance of achieving our goals. That keeps me pumped and excited every day.”

Mikaila, who also charmed $60,000 out of those temperamental sharks on ABC’s “Shark Tank,” using her great-grandmother’s recipe of flaxseed sweetened with honey.

What really makes Mikaila our queen bee is her donating a portion of profits to preserve honey bee colonies.

 

Hold the Lemonade! Beyonce is Hooking up African Nation with Clean Water

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For a mom of three (two are newborns, mind you) Beyonce sure is busy.

When she’s not acting as silent producer on hubby Jay Z’ 4:44 album, Queen Bey is making it rain on an East African nation. Literally.

Beyonce is teaming up with UNICEF to provide clean drinking water to remote parts of Burundi through her BeyGOOD philanthropy org.

To help half a million people get access to clean water donate

The BEYGOOD4BURUNDI, a multi-year partnership, includes the construction of new wells with hand pumps, hygiene courses and tips on improving the water supply in remote communities.

According to Look to the Stars, rural areas in Burundi, children are more at risk of malnutrition and water born diseases with tainted H20.

Sadly more than 65 percent use unclean water in the remote parts of Burundi and have to travel great distances for the water.

Beyonce is hoping to change that.

“Access to water is a fundamental right. When you give children clean and safe water, you don’t just give them life, you give them health, an education, and a brighter future. I am committed to helping drive lasting solutions to the water crisis in Burundi,” said Beyoncé.

Anyone else having deja vu? The Carters love their water…here’s hoping Flint is next on the list.

Can I get an amen?