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Billionaire Couple Donates $10 Million To Head Start Programs Defunded By Government Shutdown

October 10th, 2013 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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The government shutdown has defunded Head Start programs, which educate 7,000 poor toddlers in preparation for kindergarten. But a $10 million donation by billionaire couple John and Laura Arnold has got Head Start programs operating despite the standstill at Congress, The Root reports.

“We believe that it is especially unfair that young children from underprivileged communities and working families pay the price for the legislature’s collective failures,” the Arnolds said in a statement.

via The Laura and John Arnold Foundation website.

via The Laura and John Arnold Foundation website.

The billionaire couple’s generous donation will benefit thousands of children in poverty who use these programs to “learn the skills needed for their early school years and whose parents rely on the program to have a safe, affordable place to take their children while they work,” The Root added.  And what makes the Arnolds particularly extraordinary are their qualms about passing on their wealth to their three children: “Because of our backgrounds and because of our own experiences, we just don’t believe in dynastic wealth,” they said.

Instead, they hope to pass on their fortunes to government programs — something many wealthy Americans refuse to do because of their distrust of the government’s judgment. According to The Root, the Arnold’s find it more prudent to invest in today’s deprived children than tomorrow’s prisons or homeless shelters.

“[W]hat makes the Arnolds’ act particularly significant is that, unlike some wealthy people who bought into Mitt Romney’s 47 percent argument that some Americans earn money and deserve it and others simply take it, the Arnolds are wealthy people who earned their money but who understand that America’s future will be brighter if they share it with children who are not born into the same opportunities as their children.”

John, whose wealth is valued at $2.8 billion, and his wife have previously made headlines for their support of the Obama administration. The Arnolds are heads of the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, which strives to impact society in a way that “maximizes opportunity and minimizes injustice.”

The Arnolds are crossing their fingers that the government eventually open because the Head Start programs can only last so long on philanthropists’ cash: “We sincerely hope that our government gets back to work in short order, as private dollars cannot in the long term replace government commitments,” The Arnolds told the Daily Mail.

Rihanna Pays Late Fee: Singer Gives Chicago High School $5K For Showing Up Tardy

July 12th, 2013 - By Ann Brown
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Rihanna at the Chanel fashion show last month. Credit:

Rihanna at the Chanel fashion show last month. Credit:

Earlier this year, Rihanna was to make an appearance at a Chicago’s Barrington High School. In true Rihanna fashion, she arrived very late. So now the pop star is saying sorry with a monetary donation to the school. She is giving $5,000 to the suburban school to cover the costs of her brief appearance at the school, reports EUR.

Barrington Unit District 220 informed The Daily Herald that the money was sent to offset expenses for security and signs for her March trip to the school. There will be some money left over to be allocated for students.

According to EUR,  Rihanna came to Chicago’s northwestern suburbs after the school won her “Shine Bright Like a Diamond” video contest. The school’s five-minute, student-produced film highlighted the school’s volunteer and community service programs.

Rihanna got there four hours late (!) on what was the first day of the school’s spring break.  The students who waited did get free tickets, CDs and signed merchandise.

Rihanna has a little extra cash. She just inked a major deal with Budweiser,  as we recently reported.

Giving Back: Tyler Perry Donates $100,000 to An Ohio School Sports Foundation

June 1st, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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Source: WENN

Source: WENN

From Essence

Actor and filmmaker Tyler Perry donated $100,000 to help student athletes in the South-Western City School District in Columbus, Ohio.

The Columbus Dispatch reported Perry surprised students during a musical concert at the Finland Middle School. In front of 700 students and staff, Perry said, “I want to sponsor as many kids as I can,” before handing over a $100,000 check to the Success Beyond the Classroom Foundation.

Perry was inspired to visit the school after watching the HBO series, “HBO Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” in September that profiled Finland teacher Mary Mulvany who co-founded the Success Beyond the Classroom Foundation. The foundation was created to help raise money for students who could not afford to participate in school sports.

You can check out more over on  That’s really awesome.  People may say a lot about about Tyler Perry and throw him shade but he does seem to be very giving of his time and money.

Do you ever get the time to give back to your community?

Should Black Celebrities Be Expected To Give Back To Their Communities?

May 24th, 2013 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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From Essence

Dr. Dre ruffled some feathers recently when he joined forces with Jimmy Iovine in donating $70 million to the University of Southern California to create the Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation. Some feel that Dr. Dre’s portion, $35 million, would be better used at a Historically Black College or University.

Walter M. Kimbrough, the president of Dillard University, expressed his disappointment in Dre’s decision via an op-ed piece published in the LA Times. “…What if Dre had given $35 million—his half of the USC gift and about 10% of his wealth, according to a Forbes estimate—to an institution that enrolls the very people who supported his career from the beginning?

What’s your opinion on the matter? When celebrities give, are they responsible for giving back to the Black community first before giving to others?


WEEKEND WRAP-UP: Kevin Hart’s (Ex) Wife Not Acting Like A Lady + MORE!

April 15th, 2012 - By Drenna Armstrong
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Hey loves! As the weekend comes to a close, we just want to catch you up on a few celeb tidbits you may have missed over the weekend and also introduce you to one new artist (I’m trying to keep my promise and keep you up on new folks) that you will LOVE.

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No Hard Feelings, Right? Meryl Streep Gives $10,000 Donation in Viola Davis’s Honor

February 28th, 2012 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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That darn Meryl! She makes it so hard not to love her even though I really wanted Viola Davis to win on Sunday. According to Reuters, the morning after the Academy Awards in which Streep took home the award for Best Actress for her work in The Iron Lady, beating out Davis for her work in The Help, the winning actress decided to write a check of $10,000 to a struggling Rhode Island school in honor of her friend. Davis grew up in Central Fall, Rhode Island and was working to help the bankrupt town get back on its feet. Knowing Davis’ efforts to help her community get up and running again, Streep’s check arrived the Segue Institute for Learning on Monday morning, a school in the area facing closure. According to Reuters, the school is ecstatic about the donation:

“We’ve just been screaming from the rooftops,” said Angelo Garcia, founder and director of operations at the school. “We’re excited Meryl Streep has gotten the ball rolling for us, but we recognize there’s a long road ahead of us,” he said.

The money she sent will hopefully be used to help renovate the school and it’s accompanying community center. Allegedly Davis had discussed the school with Streep in the past, and the legendary actress wanted to have her charity, Silver Mountain Foundation for the Arts, send a check and help out.

Who knows if this was something Streep already planned for her good friend (the two worked together and became homeskillets while filming Doubt), or if she felt a certain way about winning the Oscar over Davis and wanted to show love. Can’t question a person’s reasons for giving, because either way, something wonderful and charitable came out of it! Nice.

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Diddy Saves Harlem Boys & Girls Club and Gets Credit Card Jacked All in One Week

October 13th, 2011 - By madamenoire
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The Harlem-born…let’s just say mogul, offered up a huge donation to the Boys & Girls Club of Harlem after he heard that the facility was struggling to keep its doors open because of funding issues with the state (budget cuts). According to VIBE, the rapper stepped in and cut the Boys & Girls Club a check for more than $50,000 to keep their doors open–for now. Boys & Girls Club board member William C. Bentley had the following to say about the substantial contribution:

“Mr. Combs’ contribution comes at a time when we were faced with the possibility of eliminating existing programs and/or club sites. 100% of Mr. Combs’ contribution will go directly to the young people, and provide educational, recreational and social enrichment programs allowing us to move forward as a club, uninterrupted.”

Nice to see this guy helping the people from the place that raised him. He must be a great guy…

Well, not to everyone actually. Because according to TMZ, someone jacked the mogul’s American Express Black Card number and posted it on the Internet for thirsty folks to try and buy ish with. On top of that, the person posted photos of his passport and some of his personal phone numbers. It seems the person who got their sticky fingers on these things was an individual who believes Diddy to be a member of the Illuminati…Seriously? Can this Illuminati thing die already? But anywho, Diddy’s people have launched an investigation to get to the bottom of this mess.

The man does a good thing this week and this is how he is re-paid. Someone cut on “You Can’t Win” for him, please…

Your Daily Cup of Coffee Could Help Create Jobs

October 3rd, 2011 - By TheEditor
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By Charlotte Young

Want to help your neighbor get a job, why don’t you take a trip to your nearest Starbucks? In one of the latest efforts to help with job creation, the coffee lover has a chance to help out by donating $5 in addition to the daily purchase of a cup of coffee. According to the Associate Press, Starbucks will begin collecting donations in an innovative collaboration that could result in real progress.

Starbucks is partnering with the non-profit Opportunity Finance Network to create the “Jobs for USA” program. The non-profit group works with almost 200 community development financial organizations to help provide small business and community development loans.

The donation drive will begin on Nov.1 and the large Seattle-based coffee chain assures that all donations will go directly towards loans for companies and organizations. In exchange for the donation, customers will receive a red, white and blue wristband that reads “Indivisible.”

Starbucks CEO Howard Shultz, says he feels personally responsible in helping to stimulate economic growth. This latest venture is only one of his many efforts to assist in US job creation. Not only is Starbucks hiring 200 people a day, Shultz also sent over 200,000 of his employees a memo in August imploring them to contribute to the economy in any way that they can.

He has also requested his CEO colleagues to end their contributions to political campaigns until political leaders can devise a long-term economic plan. In addition, Shultz has started the website, hosted a national telephone forum and bought full page ads in two of the nation’s largest newspapers.

While Starbucks has not estimated how much money it hopes to raise through the program, AP reports that millions of people frequent one of the nearly 7,000 Starbucks stores in the US daily.  Moody’s Analytics chief economist Mark Zani believes that not only is the idea worth the effort, in theory it should have impact.

The Starbucks Foundation will provide $5 million to get the “Jobs for USA” program up and running. Loans from Opportunity Finance Network have assisted organizations from charter schools to grocery stores, all based on their potential to create jobs. Since its creation 27 years ago up to 2009, Opportunity Finance Network has produced almost 300,000 jobs.

Jennifer Hudson and Other Celebs Give Back to Their Childhood Teachers

September 15th, 2011 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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In a survey done by Wakefield Research earlier this year, it was found that 71 percent of elementary school and middle-school teachers spend $462 per year on school supplies for their classrooms on average. I don’t know about all teachers, but I know that many aren’t breaking the bank, and shouldn’t have to spend their bill money on classroom supplies. But of course, they do it out of the kindness of their hearts.

In an effort to give back and ensure that students have what they need in their classrooms to get a good education, Bounty has partnered with The Get Schooled Foundation to help support teachers across the country. They’ve provided teachers with the opportunity to get donations for the supplies that are most important for their classroom through a wish list on the website Teacher Wish List. Parents, other faculty members, friends, anybody really, can go online and provide money or help to their favorite teachers. They’re also doing this with the help of our main girl Jennifer Hudson, the gorgeous Adrian Grenier of Entourage and funnyman George Lopez. These big names are contributing supplies to their favorite teachers from back in the day, as well as to their former elementary schools. Hudson contributed a donation to her former music and choral teacher in Chicago yesterday.

Also, through September 27th, teachers who register their classroom wish lists on Teacher Wish List will be entered for a chance to win a $462 grant from Bounty to help them buy would they have spent their own money on. And schools with five or more registered teachers will be entered for a chance to win a $25,000 art classroom makeover from celebrity
designers from HGTV’s Home by Novogratz.

For more information on how your favorite teachers (or you if you are a teacher) can make a wish list and get people to donate, go to Click HERE.

Walmart Gives Urban League $85K for youth program

June 2nd, 2010 - By TheEditor
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(Midlands Connect) — A retail chain is giving back to some South Carolina students in a big way.Tuesday, Walmart presented Columbia’s Urban League with a hefty check in the amount of $85,000.The money will help support the Urban League’s Youth Empowerment Initiative.Twenty-four 8th graders from several counties around the state will go on a trip to our nation’s capitol. Organizers say the charitable cause is designed to help build healthier communities by empowering the area’s young people.

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