You can now add Beyoncé to the tall list of stars making donations in aid of COVID-19 relief. The ‘XO’ singer has partnered with Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey to donate $6 million in support of organizations that provide mental wellness services.
The money will go to health organizations, UCLA, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, United Memorial Medical Center, Bread of Life, Matthew 25 and others to provide on-the-ground health services to vulnerable people placed in communities such as, New York, Houston, New Orleans and Detroit. Beyoncé is in partnership through her BeyGood charity house and Dorsey under his #StartSmall initiative.
“In our major cities, African-American comprise a disproportionate number of workers in these indispensable occupations, and they will need mental health support and personal wellness care, including testing and medical services, food supplies and food deliveries, both during and after the crisis,” a BeyGood representative wrote in a statement.
Amidst the COVID-19 charitable works from celebrities across the globe and virtual concerts, Beyoncé has been active on both sides. The singer made an appearance last week in ABC’s ‘Disney Family Singalong’ performing ‘When You Wish Upon a Star’ which she dedicated to health workers across the globe. For the ‘One World: Together at Home’ concert curated by Lady Gaga, Beyoncé stressed how African-Americans are disadvantaged most in the crisis due to decades of healthcare inequality.
Dorsey on the other hand, since the start of the pandemic has been in partnership with other A-list figures such as Rihanna and Jay-Z in raising $6.2 million towards coronavirus relief efforts. The donation supported New York, New Orleans, and Puerto Rico communities deemed to have being affected most the virus. In addition to it, Dorsey partnered once again with Rihanna in raising $2.1 million each to help cover people with children facing domestic violence in wake of the ‘Stay home’ directive.
By: Larry Adams