It seems like natural disasters have taken a real toll on our country as of lately and more importantly have impacted many different people in devastating ways .With Hurricane Harvey impacting Texas, Irma destroying Florida, and Maria affecting many people of Puerto Rico came many losses. Looking at what these hurricanes cost the people of this country, now is the time to really get involved to help in any way and give back. Fortunately some artists have took it among themselves to collect donations for hurricane victims in addition to raising money at benefit concerts. This past weekend, entertainers like, Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Diddy, Maroon 5, Stevie Wonder, Mary J. Blige, Gwen Stefani, Daddy Yankee, Ellen Degeneres, Ciara, Jada Pinkett Smith, Joan Smalls, and so many more gathered together for “One Voice: Somos Live!” which dedicated a night to telethon and entertainment in Marlins Park of Miami to raise money for Puerto Rico. Along with making calls and collecting donation, there were also numerous performances that curated a great time for a great cause . Previous to this event artists like Fat Joe teamed up with Tidal, Governor Cuomo, and Ruben Diaz Jr to collect donations among New York drop offs such as water, toiletries, and batteries and has received additional promotion by New York natives like Cardi B, b-boy/Red Bull athlete Crazy Legs, and even adult entertainment clubs of New York like Club Lust.
In continuation with the aid of Tidal, this passed Tuesday they held a charity concert at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The concert (hosted by Angie Martinez )included performances ranged from JAY-Z, Cardi B, Jennifer Lopez, DJ Khaled to Fat Joe, Remy Ma, Daddy Yankee, Yo Gotti, A$AP Ferg, Vic Mensa, Fifth Harmony, Joey Bada$$, Willow Smith, and more. All of the money and donations (which were optional to give if you live streamed the concert via Tidal) for the show will go toward the many victims of Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Maria, and the earthquakes in Mexico.
This Saturday I will be hosting a drive for hurricane victims in Brooklyn. We will be making two stops picking up donations and supplies before ending at Borough Hall where we will have a thank you party hosted by PRO ERA and special guests. NYC I look forward to showing our brother and sister cities how we can come together in support of them. All we need is love and unity. Much love, see ya Saturday!
Next up, there’s a couple rappers who have been asking their fans to bring in donations to their recent shows as well as have been hosting hurricane relief parties to aid hurricane victims of Irma and Harvey. Back in September, hip-hop collective Pro Era hosted an event called “Storm for Support” where fans had to locate the Pro Era truck between the East River State Park and Fort Green Park of New York and donate acceptable items that were listed on the flyer. As a token of their donation, the fans received a wristband granting them access into a thank you party filled with music by Joey Bada$$‘s favorite DJ’s as well as light refreshments.
With Houston being home to so many entertainers and as of recently, much disaster, many Houston stars wasted no time in wanting to make a difference. Rappers like Z-Ro, Slim Thug and Paul Wall formed a pop up donation drive near north Houston in collaboration with local community organizations, churches and biking crews to help provide cleaning supplies, water and food to those affected by the storm. In similarity to that, DJ Mr. Rogers, went door-to-door with a group of athletes and rappers such as Propain and Le$ to hand out supplies and fast food to survivors. In addition to being hands on, rapper Trae the Truth wore a life jacket and helped pull people from flooded homes while rapper/comedian Chingo Bling started a crowdfunding website and ended up raising $50,000 donated the proceeds of his show that weekend to the fund. On top of that, rapper Dice Soho, committed to covering hotel rooms and groceries for the victims.
If your familiar with Chance The Rapper‘s continuous charitable efforts whether that may include giving back to his hometown of Chicago or holding a free concert for a specific cause, you could say that Chano is a pretty active humanitarian. Earlier this month, the rapper held a show at Hollywood Bowl to aid Hurricane Maria victims n which people could live stream. The money given for the show went toward helping the victims of Hurricane Maria.
Last but definitely not least, in early September Bun B organized a charity event called Hand in Hand: A Benefit For Hurricane Relief included a strong presence of hip-hop artists and icons. The event opened up with the legendary Stevie Wonder performing “Lean on Me,” a pre-rcorded segment given by Beyoncé spoke in a pre-recorded segment reminding people that “Natural disasters don’t discriminate”. Along with this message, a pre-recorded segment with Drake was also shown in addition to the speeches given by Diddy with actress Kerry Washington, and urgency for donations that was given by Bun B himself. For the rest of the night, we got a glimpse of the telethon aspect with Questlove, Nicki Minaj, Vic Mensa, Travis Scott, Taboo, DJ Khaled, and more artists taking calls for donations while Usher was joined by Blake Shelton for a performance of “Stand By Me.” If you would like to contribute to aiding the victims of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, head to handinhand2017.com or text GIVE to 80077 to donate now.
It wasn’t until this past weekend that I realized an important lesson. At 21, I got to throw a 2000s blog party catered to raising donations of clothing and toiletries for people affected by hurricane disasters(Harvey, Irma, and Maria) in collaboration with Social Status and after the party, i realized that just one person who brought in a bag of clothes or donated $20, was going to make a difference in a person’s life who may not even possess either of those things. Rather you’re a musical artist, an athlete, or a young person with a small to large platform, you are capable of making an effective difference. Even though this article sheds light on just a piece of how musical artists are giving back, many people are giving their all to give back in front of our eyes (athletes, creatives within the industry & etc showcased through social media) and even within your own communities. With saying that, you are capable of making an impact. No matter how big or small the donation is , your effort matters and will make a difference to these victims in some form or fashion.