Woman Crush Wednesday | Aretha Franklin Helps Flint, Michigan Residents

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Aretha Franklin aka Queen of Soul (rightfully crowned so.) Should add another title to her reign: queen of hearts.

For donating rooms at Holiday Inn in Southfield, a suburb of Detroit, to 25-50 Flint, Michigan residents affected by a tainted water supply.

The R&B Diva will also provide meals from the local Coney Island.

Franklin will depend on her Daddy’s church–New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit–to determine which Flint residents should benefit and when, reports KSAT.

Good luck with the pre-screen…it is a town of 100,000. I’m guessing they’ll help the worse cases.

“Detroiters usually come to the aid of Detroiters–and Flint is certainly regarded as Detroit” Franklin told Local 4.

Adding “Hang in there” to those suffering in the D.

The R.E.S.P.E.C.T songbird isn’t the only one to come to the rescue of Flint’s water crisis. Diddy made good on his promise by pledging one million bottles of his Aquahydrate water to Flint.

 

Rapper The Game donated $1 million dollars to Flint through his non-profit–The Robin Hood Project. Half the money is out of his own pocket.

The Game used the opportunity to shade celebs that are “pledging” money to the troubled city rather than donating outright. He posted his rant (see below) on Instagram this week.

To those who think it’s easy getting this water to Flint, it’s not so the people who are PLEDGING they are, show us..We want proof!! Stop using other tragedies for your own celebrity gain…you’re not fooling ANYONE!

The “She’s Got Game” reality star then goes on to call out Madonna and Jimmy Fallon for their measly $10K donations.

I seen @Madonna & @JimmyFallon’s $10,000 donations…that’s cute, but not nearly enough…So I challenge both & anyone else in the world to match me & DONATE $1,000,000 in bottled water to Flint, Michigan & we want proof, shipping order receipts, bank wire receipts, pictures etc……No more pretending to give a fuck….

Guess he’s not a believer of the philosophy every little bit helps.

Seriously though, let’s continue to help Flint y’all.

Diddy and Meek Mill Help Flint, Michigan Water Crisis

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On the heels of MLK Jr. Day, the hip hop community is getting civic-minded by addressing Flint, Michigan water crisis.

Diddy took to Instagram to pop off on the national emergency (POTUS Obama declared it so.) And urged everyone to “Wake the Fuck up” on the Flint, Michigan water crisis.

The hip hop mogul vowed to throw a water drive through his part-ownership of Aquahydrate to help.

 

Meanwhile, Meek Mill put his feud with 50 Cent aside to donate $50Gs to Flint. And called out 50 Cent on Instagram to match his amount.

But no amount of groveling (looking at you, Governor Snyder) can make up for 10 Flint residents’ deaths by poisoning. Technically, Legonnaires disease, caused by the city’s tainted water supply.

The city of Flint’s water crisis occurred when switching from Detroit’s water supply to the Flint River in 2014. The erosive pipes were not properly cleaned and the contaminated water–full of lead and iron–reached homes.

To add insult to injury, Flint, Michigan res pay the highest water bills in the country. For water they can’t drink, bathe or cook with. Water that continues to negatively affect kids with rashes and headaches.

If that makes you angry like it does me, we can do three things.

First, find a way to punish those responsible.

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Second, if you’re in the Michigan area donate water to any of these drop-offs:

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
39020 Five Mile in Livonia
Donate gallon jugs of water by Jan. 30th
734-464-0211

Flint Community Schools
Gallon jugs of water and cash donations are accepted
810-767-6030 (donations) and 810-760-1310 (bottled water)

Catholic Charities of Genesee County
Gallon jugs of water and cash donations are accepted.
810-785-6911

Finally, if you don’t live in Flint, Michigan you can donate money.

Flint Kids Funds
A fund established to help treat short and long term health effects of Flint’s kids.
www.flintkids.com

Flint Water Study Research Fundraiser
Engineers raising money to research and fund corrosion control for Flint.
https://www.gofundme.com/flintstudyvt