Good For Humanity


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Rihanna was recognized for her philanthropy and charitable work, honored with the Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian of the Year award at Howard University on Tuesday (Feb. 28). The pop superstar was present at the ceremony on the Cambridge, Massachusetts institute, as she was presented the prestigious award by the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations. “So I made it to Harvard,” a smiling Rihanna jokingly started her speech before playfully flipping her long ponytail hair. “Never thought I’d be able to say that in my life, but it feels good.”

During her inspiring speech, the 28-year-old touched on always wanting to help others in need since she was a small girl. After praising the various charities and organizations she’s partnered with over the years, RiRi encouraged those in attendance to follow her lead in helping others.

All you need to do is help one person, expecting nothing in return. To me, that is a humanitarian,” she said. “What that little girl watching those commercials didn’t know is that you don’t have to be rich to be a humanitarian, you don’t have to be rich to help somebody. You don’t have to be famous, you don’t even have to be college educated. But it starts with your neighbor… you just do whatever you can to help in any way that you can.”

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One of the best things about last Sunday’s Grammys was ScHoolboy Q’s “GIRL POWER” hoodie (and, of course, his daughter’s matching pink outfit). In an act of generosity, Q has promised to give away his hoodie to a super fan who recently suffered major injuries.

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Rihanna celebrated her 29th birthday earlier this week and now she’s received a major gift. The pop superstar is being recognized for her philanthropy work, set to receive the Humanitarian of the Year Award from Harvard University.

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Equality

In conjunction with their annual ‘Black History Month Collection,’ Nike releases a new short film entitled Equality. The politically conscious visual features cameos from prominent African American athletes Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Alicia Keys and Serena Williams.

Watch the clip after the break and browse Nike’s BHM 2017 Collection here.

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The Trump administration may be waging a war with the media for spreading alternative real facts, but they couldn’t silence local radio stations from playing YG’s “Fuck Donald Trump.”

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Protests broke out all across the country over the weekend in response to Donald Trump’s newly imposed travel ban, which blocks immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries including Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia or Yemen. In his home of Ohio, Dave Chappelle joined the 500-strong crowd who gathered outside of Congressman Mike Turner’s office in Dayton yesterday.

Doing what he does best, Dave (who converted to Islam in the late ’90s) took Trump to task while providing some comic relief to the cause. “Donald Trump, wherever you are, I am BEGGING you! Stop ruining my Sundays,” he joked. “We are all here because what you are doing does not seem right. As a matter of fact, it sucks. I support refugees, I support immigrants, and I love my friends and neighbors. Thank you.”

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After appearances on The Tonight Show and Saturday Night Live, Big Sean continued his recent promo run with a visit to The Daily Show. Sitting down with Trevor Noah, the G.O.O.D. Music MC spoke on his new album I Decided, his single “Bounce Back” and how to recover after taking a loss and more. The 28-year-old also touched on a subject close to him, the water crisis in his home state of Flint, Michigan.

I just know it’s not even close to being over. In that situation, I feel like, it’s not a natural disaster,” says Sean. “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 Detroit-native revealed his mother was a victim of lead poisoning, falling ill due to the contaminated water. “It was very hard for her to deal with, but she was able, through holistic care and homeopathic remedies, was able to reverse a lot of the effects of lead poisoning.”

Big Sean announced that his Sean Anderson Foundation has raised $100,000 to support those affected by the water crisis in Flint, and he hopes the closing track on I Decided that features the Flint Chosen Choir called “Bigger Than Me” will inspire the city.

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It was time for the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers franchise to redeem themselves. Sevyn Streeter got to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” on Friday night (Dec. 16), wearing her black “We Matter” jersey which was the center of controversy two months ago. Back in October, the R&B singer was set to sing the U.S. National Anthem at the Sixers game, when her performance was cancelled die to her jersey.

After much backlash, the team later apologized and invited Streeter back, as sang before the Sixers matchup vs. the Los Angeles Lakers. “Great feeling it is to return to the @sixers arena & sing the national anthem in my #WEMATTER jersey Thanks to everyone for your love & supprt,” said Sevyn on Instagram.

Moments before hitting center court, Sevyn spoke with ESPN about returning to sing and what it means to wear the jersey. “I’m feeling great,” she said. “I’m happy that we were able to turn an unfortunate situation into something positive. I’m singing the anthem tonight. I’m wearing my ‘We Matter’ jersey. I was just able to play with kids from the Boys & Girls Club…I feel awesome. I think that me saying ‘We Matter’ and me singing the anthem, there’s no conflict in the two for me. I love my country. When you love something so much, you just want it to be better.”

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Pharrell has been running around New York City this week, promoting the Hidden Figures film and sountrack that’s out now. The Grammy Award winner took time out of his busy schedule to make a surprise appearance at The Equity Project (TEP), a Manhattan charter middle school on Thursday afternoon (Dec. 8).

The Neptunes hitmaker was called on stage as a group of kids were performing his Hidden Figures single “Runnin.” As expected, the audience and kids on stage screamed and broke down in tears when Pharrell popped up. “The emotional intensity that I saw on that stage, I don’t remember seeing before in my life,” Pharrell told the NY Daily News after the show. “It was really special.”

Pharrell would later join the kids as they performed another song off the soundtrack, “I See A Victory.” The concert was put together with Amp Up NYC, a nonprofit partnership between Berklee College of Music and Little Kids Rock dedicated to music education. “It’s amazing because you’re hearing the next generation who are being mentored and being taught by a school whose sole purpose is to build a future one lesson at a time,” said the 43-year-old, who took time to shake hands and pose for photos with kids from TEP.

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After making his long-awaited comeback with Endless and Blonde this year, Frank Ocean is ready to make his equally anticipated return to the stage next summer.

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