Chance The Rapper Donates $1 Million to Chicago Public Schools

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Aside from making good music, Chance The Rapper is always looking to help his city of Chicago in any way he can. In his boldest move yet, Chance announced that he is donating $1 million to Chicago Public Schools during a press conference at Westcott Elementary School earlier today (see the full video below). “This check that I donated is a call to action,” Chance says. “I’m challenging major companies and corporations in Chicago and across the country to donate and take action.”

The news arrives after his meeting with Illinois governor Bruce Rauner last week, where they talked about public education and more.

Finally, some good news for Chi Town.

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Rihanna Runs Bean Town as Harvard’s Humanitarian

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Rihanna presented with Humanitarian of Year award by Allen Counter, director of Harvard Foundation. 

Rihanna was shining bright like a diamond as she accepted Harvard’s Humanitarian of the Year award yesterday at Sanders Theatre at the university.

“So I made it to Harvard — never thought I’d be able to say that in my life,” Rihanna mused as she opened her acceptance speech.

Bad gal Ri Ri, decked out in an off-the-shoulder, belted tweed dress, was honored by the Ivy League for launching the Clara Lionel Foundation, which awards college scholarships to Caribbean students attending US schools.

The Work singer was also recognized for building the Clara Braithwaite Oncology and Nuclear Medicine Centre at Queen Elizabeth hospital in her hometown of Barbados.

Fun Fact: the centre was renamed after Rihanna’s grandmother after the pop star donated $1.75 million to the Bridgetown hospital in 2012.

The Barbadian beauty made sure to honor her memory by passing along some of granny’s wise words in her speech. “You don’t have to be rich to help somebody…if you got a dollar, there’s plenty to share.”

Rihanna’s full remarks are below–they were live streamed.

 

Buffalo Bills Player Marcell Dareus Takes Philanthropic Sojourn to Haiti

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Buffalo Bills tackle Marcell Dareus wanted to do more than donate $25 Gs to Hope for Haiti charity. The NFLer wanted to see how it was spent.

So he hopped a flight and landed in his father’s homeland this week. Where he visited orphanages, schools and a hospital, reports AL.com

The Alabama native got a warm welcome from the island nation that is still reeling from October’s Hurricane Matthew and the powerful 2010 earthquake that left thousands homeless and dead.

“I’m happy that I’m able to partner with Hope for Haiti, which is giving me the opportunity to meet and understand the people who are benefiting from my support,” Dareus said . “… I love giving back, especially to kids in need, but this is extra special because I’ve never been on a trip like this before. The Haitian people have seen hardship after hardship with the earthquake and then the hurricane. Being able to meet with them and show them that I care about them is really important to me.”

Hope for Haiti charity–that aims to improve the lives of Haitian children through education, health care, water and infrastructure–was happy to see their philanthropic partner in person.

“We are inspired by the generosity of Marcell Dareus and the Dareus Foundation for their investment in the Haitian people,” said Skyler Badenoch , the CEO of Hope for Haiti. “Without the support of investors like Marcell, Hope for Haiti’s work would not be possible. We are so grateful and we look forward to making an immediate and lasting impact together.”

The service-oriented sojourn already had a major influence on the star player for his father’s roots there. Marcell’s dad died before he entered the NFL.

“My dad grew up in Haiti, and I always hoped I would make it there some day,” Dareus said . “Although my dad died when I was younger, I’m lucky to have other family here in the States that have told me stories since I was a kid about life in Haiti. Being in a position to not only visit, but also make a donation that will really impact Haitian kids and their families is a great feeling. I know it will be an eye-opening trip.”

Looks like it was.

Big Sean Donates $100,000 to Flint Water Crisis Relief

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D town’s own refuses not to let the water crisis in Flint, Michigan be off news feeds.

So, Big Sean shared his philanthropic scoop on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Wednesday: he donated $100,000 to Flint water crisis relief through his foundation.

Despite the AP reporting Flint’s lead levels below the federal limit, residents are still encouraged to drink bottled water. Big Sean says the city is still in a precarious situation.

“It’s not even close to being over,” Big Sean said. “That situation wasn’t a natural disaster. It’s something that should’ve been prevented and could’ve been prevented, so it’s just disgusting to think about the damages that these families and even kids have to go through with the lead poisoning.”

The “Bounce Back” rapper revealed his mom suffered from a bout of lead poisoning, but luckily could reverse it through holistic medicine.

What will be a constant is Big Sean’s love for his hometown. Last night, the rapper held a cozy album first listen party for I Decided in Detroit.

Annnddd featured the Flint Chosen choir On his album. Telling Rolling Stone he wanted to “reach out and show some support from that side, creatively. It’s a song called ‘Bigger Than Me’ and once you hear it you’ll see why I wanted them to be on it. But I was just happy to have Flint be a part of my album in that way as well.”

For us regular folk, I Decided will be released on Friday, February 3.

 

 

MCM | ‘Saints & Sinners’ Star Gives to Homeless

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Now we know who the saint is–Christian Keyes.

The Let’s Stay Together star turned his lazy Sunday into day of service. By cleaning out his closets, filling up 10 garbage bags worth of Fall gear for donation to homeless org–My Friend’s House Foundation.

 

Also known as We Feed the Homeless. The LA-based org provides clothes, food and other basics for the homeless.

My Friend’s House founder Tiffany A. Rose is expanding the charity’s operation. She started a Go Fund Me page seeking $25K, so far she’s earned $17,204.

To earn your halo (Christian has one!) donate your coins here.

The ab-tastic model/actor may also have angel wings because he loves to give back. Especially to his hometown of Flint, Michigan.

 

Last weekend, he hit the hardwood of MSU with Rev Run’s son Diggy Simmons and Cory Hardrict for the 3rd Annual Hoop for Hope celebrity basketball game.

All the proceeds went to helping 1000 families in need and donating two semi trucks of water to the people of Flint, who have had to live with poisoned water since 2014.

Salute to Christian for doing his part to be more of a saint to his community.

Muhammad Ali: The Champion of Charity

“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.” #MuhammadAli

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Muhammad Ali was Superman. Think about it–he was a symbol of hope for millions of people and remains indestructible. The dude in the blue tights whose adventures we’ve collected under our beds for decades ain’t got nothin’ on M.A., in terms of goodworks.

The handsome Charlie Brown faced Heavy-weight Champion of the world not only raised millions for Parkinsons’ Disease research (which he was diagnosed with in 1984) through his Center. But also used his celeb status to raise money for Make-a-Wish Foundation and Special Olympics.

Muhammad Ali shook up the world with his kindness and compassion; exhibited by his grand gestures of humanity. Like the time in 1998 the champ delivered $ 1.2 million of medical supplies to Cuba.

"When a person has been blessed with a life as full and rich as mine, he can never give back enough." #MuhammadAli

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The champ extended his peacemaking efforts by stepping in to release an Iranian hostage.

Lest we mention Muhammad Ali’s volunteer work in soup kitchens in his hometown of Louisville.

We can go on and on and on. The point remains it doesn’t get any greater than Muhammad Ali G.O.A.T.

Prince’s Legacy of Philanthropy

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The purple Prince left us with more than a music catalogue to match our every emotion. (Although I’m always in the mood for “Purple Rain” and “When Doves Cry.” The two have been on instant replay since his passing.)

His most under wraps contribution–not having to do with the purple piano–was giving back to little known causes.

A point his good friend Van Jones, political activist, told CNN this weekend. (Check the interview below.) Prince helped Jones launch #YesWeCode, an org that seeks to teach 100,000 underprivileged kids coding. On one condition, Jones couldn’t tell anyone Prince created and jumpstarted the program. Yet, performed during the launch at ESSENCE Music Festival 2014.

Prince’s generosity didn’t stop there. In 2011, the majestic one donated $1 million to Harlem Children’s Zone during his “Welcome 2 America” tour dates in NYC. He even put up one of his guitars to auction off. And gave $250,000 each to Uptown Dance Academy and the American Ballet Theatre.

Oh, and if you’re living under a solar paneled roof in the Bay Area you can thank Prince for saving the environment. He footed the bill as the face for environmental group Green for All.

Jones says Prince’s philanthropy is just as important as his music.

He did not want it be known publicly, and he did not want us to say it. But I’m gonna say it because the world needs to know that it wasn’t just the music. The music was just one way he tried to help the world, but he was helping every day of his life

R.I.P, Prince. Thank you for your numerous gifts. There will be no other like you.