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A lot of you were feeling Harry Belafonte’s remark last week that Beyonce and Jay-Z have turned their back on social responsibility. Though many of you argued that Jayonce don’t have any obligation to give back to the community, most agreed that social activists they are not.
One person who obviously doesn’t agree with this claim is Beyonce herself—or her people. Today Bey’s rep sent an email to the Wall Street Journal, which was said to be “An abbreviated list of the unselfish work Beyoncé has done and continues to do.” According to WSJ:
The list included co-founding The Survivor Foundation “a multi-purpose community outreach facility in downtown Houston”; donating “100K in 2008 to the Gulf Coast Ike Relief Fund to aid Texas victims of Hurricane Ike”; performing in “MTV’s Hope For Haiti Now! Benefit in addition to making a generous monetary donation,” among many other charitable activities.
Though those efforts are certainly worthy causes, I don’t get the feeling that this was the type of social responsibility Mr. Belafonte was speaking of. As a man who has taken a stand against racism, sexism, and war, I imagine his reaction might be that anyone can throw money at an issue, the question is what do you stand for? On the other hand, no one can dictate where you donate your money or time and to what causes. The important thing is the entertainment legend’s comments at least made one half of Hollywood’s highest paid couple sit up and pay attention. I wonder what Jay’s camp has to say about all this?
Do you think the statement from Bey’s camp clears her name a bit?
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(New York Times) — Over the last year or so, there has been an explosion of online intermediaries promising to help nonprofit groups raise money and awareness. Crowdrise, Jumo, Causecast, Causes on Facebook and others try to use social networking and crowdsourcing to build interest in charities and causes, and to help them attract donations. “2010 has really been the year of the social network for social good,” said Katya Andresen, chief operating officer at Network for Good, a nonprofit that handles processing and other administrative chores for many of the new sites.
(NBC New York) — It’s all about the Benjamins, baby. Except maybe when those Benjamins come from the pockets of breast-cancer charities. Two breast-cancer charities are claiming that rap mogul P. Diddy swindled them out of a five-figure sum from a “Pink Party” he hosted that was supposed to raise money for the organizations, according to the New York Post. “We never got a penny,” said Carolyn Spector, director of the Long Island Plastic Surgical Group Foundation, which does breast-reconstruction and other operations for underprivileged patients. “Nothing was written down, but we were told we would get part of the take,” she said. “The terminology was ‘proceeds from the event.’ “
(New York Times) — With the federal government struggling to regain control over the nation’s deficit, a debate is emerging over the charitable deduction and other tax policies that support nonprofit groups. What began as a proposal by the Obama administration in 2009 to reduce the deduction has become a wide-ranging discussion of what was once considered a sacred cow. Three blue-ribbon panels have proposed tinkering with the charity deduction, as has Robert B. Reich, the former labor secretary.
(WGCL) — Two local artists hope their business and unique canvas will inspire others. Two cousins started painting sneakers 10 years ago, and now they’re opening their first store in south-east Atlanta. The “Sneaka-Freaks” hope others will follow their example. Once their business takes, off the cousins want to start a nonprofit organization to teach sneaker art to inner-city teens, and show Atlanta’s youth that they can turn any interest into something more.
(Washington Post) — Social entrepreneurs have never been in greater demand, as the world grinds on with tired solutions to seemingly intractable problems such as hunger, poverty, war, inequality and disease. And in theory, social entrepreneurs bring new ideas that challenge the prevailing wisdom that these problems are intractable at all. They are front and center in developing countries, with new vaccines to combat disease, water pumps to irrigate crops and micro-loans to start new businesses. And they are working in every corner of government, nonprofits and private firms to imagine innovative ways of creating clean energy, improving graduation rates, rebuilding poor neighborhoods and confronting the jobless recovery.
(AJC) — Shaun King may be known as “the Facebook pastor,” but nobody was buying into his idea of using Twitter as a venue to auction off celebrities for charity.
“Everybody I told about the idea hated it,” said King, the 31-year-old Atlanta pastor who heads up The Courageous Church in Midtown.
“People didn’t think it would work, and they didn’t think people in their right mind would bid on such a thing,” he told the AJC.
By Danielle Kwateng
Being a celebrity requires a lot more than posing for the camera and getting exclusive access. As a public figure, there is a sense of duty to give back to the community and use your notoriety to shed light on an issue. The following celebrities created successful foundations to give back and pay forward everything that was giving to them.