While the Oscars was on…Black Hollywood Raised $122K for Flint

 

imageedit_1_2053716834Black Hollywood–those who didn’t boycott the Oscars (*cough* Chris Rock*cough*Whoopi Goldberg*cough*)–used their star power to raise awareness for Flint water crisis Sunday by organizing #JusticeforFlint fundraiser. In turn raising over $100,000 to help all those affected.

Selma director Ava Duvernay, Creed director Ryan Coogler (shown above) and Grey’s Anatomy star Jesse Williams banded together to host the Justice for Flint free event streamed on Revoltv, including panel discussions and performances by…

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Jazmine Sullivan

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Empire’s Jussie Smollett and Estelle

 

Janelle Monae and the always great Stevie Wonder

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Musiq Soul Child

 

Ledisi singing the best version of “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”

And panel discussions featured Hill Harper, Ryan Coogler and Avengers star Mark Ruffalo. Jesse Williams continued to keep it real why he, Ryan Coogler and Ava Duvernay combined forces.

The poisoning of Flint’s water hasn’t been happening for 2 days…for 2 weeks. It’s been 2 years and we’re only talking about it now because they got caught.

Ava Duvernay let the numbers speak for themselves:

The special event was a great way to cast a shadow over the Oscars, which is already being boycotted by A-list actors Will Smith, Jada Pinkett-Smith and Spike Lee.

At the same time throw a spotlight on an issue that’s been mostly ignored by mainstream media and Justice department.Why hasn’t the Michigan governor been arrested yet? 

Throw in Al Sharpton’s LA rally against Tinseltown’s lack of diversity, this was the weekend for taking a stand, rather than accepting honors. 

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The Black Ball!! Alicia Keys’ Keep a Child Alive Celebrates 11th Anniversary

aliciakeysAlicia was the belle of the ball at her annual gala to raise money for her Keep a Child Alive org that provides HIV treatments and support services to families affected in Africa.

How adorbz is the cute PDA between Alicia and Swizz on the black carpet?

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Diddy and Alicia’s hubby Swizz Beatz co-hosted the event held at the Hammerstein Ballroom,in NYC last night.

Diddy and Swizz Beatz (don’t they look like dapper dons?) brought out Kanye West to introduce participants at the Black Ball’s opening.

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Madge cuddled with the guest of honor at the fundraiser and took selfies with Mr. West.

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The event drew in leggy beauties Joan Smalls, Alek Wek and Selita Ebanks, making it a model affair. And where there are models…

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…that’s where music mogul Russell Simmons’ will be. Joined by niece Angela Simmons and Lala Anthony, Russell took video of Diddy and Nas rocking the stage with “You Can Hate Me Now.”

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But it looks like the real showstopper was  Alicia’s performance of  “Empire State,” seeing how they were in the Big Apple.

And backed up Nas for his “If I Ruled the World” performance at the ball.

Rounding out the ball bashers are Estelle and “Top Chef’s” Padma Lakshmi.

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And living legend Aretha Franklin graced A.K with her presence.

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No official word on how much the affair raised, but got a very generous donation of $200K during the night. If I was a betting woman I’d say they took in at least $1 or $2 milly for the cause.

Good work, Ms. Keys. I’m sure the preggo glow worked wonders on those with deep pockets.

Nick Cannon, Neyo and Timbaland Help Boys and Girls Clubs of America Sound the Alarm

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Boys and Girls Club alumni took over Times Square this past weekend to sound the alarm about the club’s new campaign: Great Futures. It aims to reinforce the idea that “when school’s out, clubs are in.” The day party was hosted by the oldest teenager in the world, sorry Dick Clark, Nick Cannon and Neyo and young club entertainers performed. But music producer Timbaland stole the show by whipping out a $1 million check to the BGCA org through his–and wife Monique Mosley’s–Always Believing Foundation.

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Image Courtesy: Look to the stars

The foundation’s goal to encourage youth to be a voice in their community matches BGCA Great Futures campaign to provide a safe and engaging place for kids to be their best selves.

Endorsing that message was Yankess star CC Sabathia, Olympic icon Jackie Joyner-Kersee, singer Estelle and “The Talk’s” Adrienne Bailon who made an appearance with thousands of others at the Crossroads of the world.

The festivities weren’t confined to the big apple, boys and girls clubs across the nation were celebrating the new initiative to emphasis after-school programs.

Virtual celeb supporters included Lebron James, Kelly Rowland, Ashanti and Michael Phelps that took to their social media to show support. Kelly posted this pic on her Facebook page.

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Photo Courtesy: Kelly Rowland Facebook

“When the 3PM school bell rings, 15 million    kids in      America have no place to go. But just    like me, you can  help! Open the door for  America’s Kids…”

Now through Sept. 15, all donations made to Great Futures campaign will be matched dollar for dollar, to donate click here

Russell Simmons’ 14th Annual Art for Life Gala

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Russell Simmons brought out a bevy of stars on Saturday for his annual Art for Life Gala that raised $1.5 million for arts education, which has been sorely lacking in our schools these days, geared towards at risk youth. Russell works with his brothers: Rev Run and Danny Simmons, an artist in his own right, (check him out)  to develop opportunities for young ones to  showcase their artwork in galleries around Manhattan and Brooklyn, as well as in public schools. RUSH Philanthropic Foundation boasts that it caters to 2,500 kids annually with their programs.

Not to shabby, Mr. Simmons, so it’s only fitting that the event get a major upgrade. Mission Accomplished. To cater to a larger guest list. The Art for Life Gala was held in a Field of Dreams. Well, actually, Fairview Farms in Bridgehampton, but you guys know what I mean.

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Anyhoo, the stars were shining extra bright to raise awareness for the arts.

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Anthony Anderson pointed out what must have been a very lovely crowd.

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Danny Simmons looking extra sharp made an appearance.

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Tyler Perry was honored at the event.

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Soledad O’Brien hosted the event…While Rick Ross, Maxwell and Estelle rocked the mic.

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A lucky friend of mine who attended the gala, actually hijacked Estelle’s performance. Good thing Estelle likes to share the stage with an American boy.

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But nothing beats this epic photo of Rick Ross and Russell Simmons’ two daughters. There are no words…

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Fun Times had by all!!