Good For Humanity


Jay Z Pens Bail Bond Industry Op-ed For TIME
 

With Father’s Day taking place this weekend, Jay Z decides to touch on the justice reform and bail bond industry that affects so many minority households due to unwarranted arrest and charges. Voicing his thoughts and concerns. Through TIME, the newly inducted Hall of Famer sheds well-needed light on the socially charged topic.

Check out his op-ed piece after the jump and revisit his recent Hall of Fame induction rant here.

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Following up his first two blockbuster Netflix specials earlier this year, Dave Chappelle has announced a 10-date residency at NYC’s Radio City Music Hall this August.

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After the terrorist attack that left 22 dead and over 100 people injured, Ariana Grande returned to the U.K. for the “One Love Manchester” charity concert. Held at the Old Trafford cricket ground, over 50,000 people packed the outdoor venue for heart-warming and emotional celebration, while raising money for those affected by the tragedy on May 22.

Lead by Grande, the benefit concert included performances by Justin Bieber, Pharrell, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Mac Miller, Coldplay, Little Mix, Black Eyed Peas, Liam Gallagher, and more. With all proceeds from the show donated to the British Red Cross, the event successfully raised at least $3M. Before the event on Sunday, the Red Cross announced the Manchester Emergency Funded had made $9 million, making the grand total over $12 million when the live concert amount is included.

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Ariana Grande has come through on her promise, and is bringing a few popular friends along in support of charity. On Tuesday (May 30), the pop singer announced the “One Love Manchester” charity show, in honor of the victims affected by the suicide bomb attack earlier this month following Grande’s concert at Manchester Arena.

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(EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) attends an evening of "Making The Ordinary Extraordinary" hosted by The Shawn Carter Foundation at Pier 54 on September 29, 2011 in New York City.
 

The Shawn Carter Foundation, founded by Jay Z’s mom Gloria, and eBay for Charity have come together to help underprivileged youth pay for college educations. The eBay for Charity auctions campaign launched earlier today (May 15th) and will run through May 24th. All of the proceeds from the auctions will go towards benefiting the Shawn Carter Foundation’s educational programs and scholarship fund.

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No Refuge
 

Electronic duo PARISI enlist RZA of Wu-Tang Clan for their politically charged release “No Refuge.” Addressing the global refugee crisis all sales made from the good natured collaboration will to donated to the the United Nations Refugee Agency.

Show your support and purchase your copy “No Refuge” via iTunes here.

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After co-producing the Time: The Kalief Browder Story earlier this year, Jay Z is bringing another tragic black story to the big screen. As part of his deal with The Weinstein Company, Hov is set to produce a film and documentary series on Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old Florida teenager who was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, who somehow walked free.

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Dave East Islam
 

For the latest installment of their “I Am Def Jam” series, the Russell Simmon’s co-founded label spotlighted Harlem spitfire Dave East. East details converting to Islam after being incarcerated, hoop dreams, leaving a legacy behind and more.

Watch the mini-doc after the break and purchase his Khari Chanel project via iTunes here.

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If there’s anyone we miss seeing in the Oval Office more than Barack Obama, it’s Joe Biden. Thankfully, those attending SXSW this weekend will be able to enjoy the former Vice President’s presence once again.

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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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