Man Candy Monday | Russell Simmons and Snoop Dogg Visit Flint, Michigan

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On the heels of Russell Simmons diagnosing the Flint, Michigan water crisis “environmental racism”–where low-income or minority communities are disproportionately affected by a major environmental disaster, like dumping toxic waste–on The Real Friday, he visited the city today.

Going door-to-door to deliver 200,000 water bottles. Plus offering a listening ear to people like Nakeyja. She has three kids and two tested positive for lead poisoning. The 3-year-old suffers from seizures and Nakeyja’s other child doesn’t speak.

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The story brought tears to Russell’s eyes. Like most of the stories coming out of Flint recently.

To add insult to injury, the water filters the govt passed out don’t work; they do nothing to decontaminate the poisoned water.  Take note govt officials…

imageedit_7_4767175301Russell Simmons next stop was a rally where he met the whistleblower of Flint water crisis, Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha of Hurley Medical Center in Flint.

The media mogul followed that up by dropping by Classical Academy to chat up the kids and Principal Tate. RHOA’s Phaedra Parks was also there. No sign of Ayden though….damn.

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Rounding out his trip was playing waterboy once again to Flint residents.

It’s the same role Snoop Dogg had when he visited Flint Saturday for a water drive.

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Decked out in a ‘Flint Lives Matter’ tee the rapper had a one-on-one with Flint Mayor Karen Weaver. To offer help and to exploit his celeb status for this necessary cause. Snoop made this vow to the crowd.

I have a lot of information to take back to my celebrity friends and people around the world who want to help, but mainly we’d like the governor to step up and do what’s necessary to make sure Flint is taken care of.

Don’t we all. Don’t we all. Keep your prayers up for Flint.

 

RHOA’s Apollo Nida, Husband of Phaedra Park, Wants To Support YOUR Charity, For a Fee

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I’m starting to think charity events and Real Housewives stars mix as well as sweet tea and vinegar. Stirring the teacup this week is Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Apollo Nida, husband of Phaedra Parks.

According to Radar Online, Apollo was invited to a charity fundraiser that supports battered women and children–Dio Bambini–and the organizer assumed the Phine fitness star’s presence was gratis. Until…it wasn’t.

“At first it was like, ‘Ok, I’ll do it for $2,000,” says Chase DeCarlo of Dio Bambini, who convinced him to take $1,200.”It’s still a lot, but we’re still in discussion. He just sent me a contract for $2,000.”

“We’re trying to get Kandi [Burruss, also of RHOA] to come too, and she said she would come for free,” says DeCarlo. “I’m still talking with my people to see if it’s worth it to get Apollo at all. We have people with a better background willing to do it for free, so I don’t know.”

For those not up-to-date on Apollo’s sketchy past: he’s an ex-convict with a five year rap sheet for opening a fake car dealership and applying for loans with stolen identities. And recently he’s been arrested and accused of bank fraud and identity theft.

{SIDEBAR: A lot of people feel that Apollo shouldn’t even be given the option to attend charity events because of his criminal past. To which I ask, why not? We all have a past filled with mistakes, they may not be as colorful as his, but we are all still capable of influencing/servicing people for the better. If we hold people to the standard of apple picking who should help who…no one would feel worthy to reach out a hand to others.}

Therein lies the dilemma. Decarlo fears forking over the cash and Apollo running with it. See, federal prosecutors gave Apollo until April 25th to make a deal on his charges otherwise he will go to jail. The charity event is on May 2nd.

Apollo took to Youtube to speak his peace and clarify the $2,000 is for travel expenses not his personal piggy bank. And believes “2,000 is generous” Hmph. Oh, and the contract stipulates a 50% refund if he’s a no show. Check the video below.

Welp, the charity has not been recognized on Charity Navigator and it isn’t listed as a 501c org either.