Music mogul Jay-Z and his protege, international superstar Rihanna, have joined forces to support coronavirus relief efforts. Each made $1 million donations via their charity foundations.
The Umbrella hitmaker last week pledged $5 million in grants through her Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF) to provide medical supplies and items for food banks in needy communities across the U.S., the Caribbean, and Africa. She also sent a shipment of crucial personal protective equipment for first responders in New York, which has become the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in America.
Now she has made an additional $1 million donation to support non-profits located in New York and Los Angeles, with her mentor Jay-Z matching the amount through his Shawn Carter Foundation.
Rihanna wrote on Instagram: A huge thank you to JAY-Z’s @shawncartersf for joining us in giving a combined $2 million to the #MayorsFundforLA #FundforPublicSchools @aclu_nationwide & @thenyic for COVID-19 response in support of undocumented workers, children of frontline health workers and first responders, and incarcerated, elderly and homeless people in the United States.
The emergency funds will be shared between officials at organizations such as the Mayor’s Fund for L.A., Fund for Public Schools, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and the New York Immigration Coalition to support those impacted the most by the coronavirus chaos.
Justine Lucas, Executive Director of the Clara Lionel Foundation, says of the ongoing philanthropy, “There are a number of populations who are especially vulnerable during this pandemic – those who are undocumented, incarcerated, elderly and homeless, as well as children of frontline health workers and first responders. Now more than ever, we need to support organizations prioritizing the health and rights of these individuals.”
In a statement, JAY-Z’s mother, Gloria Carter, who serves as CEO and co-founder of the Shawn Carter Foundation adds: “In times of crisis it is imperative that we come together as one community to ensure that everyone, especially the most vulnerable, has access to critical needs: shelter, health, nutrition, and education. The only way to get through this pandemic is with love and action.”
Meanwhile, the ongoing health crisis has prompted Rihanna to postpone her 2020 CLF Diamond Ball fundraiser. The annual event typically takes place in the New York City in September but will be rearranged for a later date. The gala has raised more than $14 million to date for charitable causes since its first star-studded gathering in 2014, two years after Rihanna established the CLF in honor of her grandparents, Clara and Lionel Braithwaite.
In more Rihanna news, the pop star is featured on the cover of the new British Vogue issue. In the interview, Rihanna discusses several topics including social justice reform, new music, her successful Fenty Skincare line, her plans for kids, and more.
The 32-year-old singer has been living in London for the past three years and told Vogue that she’s been very aware of the amount of racial discrimination that goes on in the capital, compared to her former adopted home country of the United States.
“I think police brutality is probably extremely severe in America, but racism is alive everywhere. Everywhere,” she told British author Afua Hirsch for the publication. “It’s the same (in the U.K.). It’s either blatant, which is becoming more and more of a norm, or it’s underlying, where people don’t even know they’re being obvious about it. You know, it’s just a subconscious layer that’s embedded from their entire core.”
“So when I see these injustices happening, it’s hard to turn a blind eye,” Rihanna remarks. “It’s hard to pretend it’s not happening. The things that I refuse to stay silent on, these are things that I genuinely believe in.”