Beyonce's charity is donating $1,000 each to Texas residents affected by the deadly winter storms.
The mom-of-three is pictured above posing shirtless under an unzipped jacket in an ad campaign for her Ivy Park x Adidas clothing line.
Snow storms - including Winter Storm Uri - brought record low temperatures to the state, leaving several dead and millions of Americans without power, heat, and clean water.
Widespread blackouts were reported across the state since last week.
Houston native Beyonce and her BeyGOOD foundation joined forces with Adidas and the city's food poverty non-profit Bread of Life to offer financial assistance to those who are in crisis.
Applications for up to $1,000 can be made via Bread of Life's Disaster Relief Assistance Application Form.
The "Halo" hitmaker - who shares 9-year-old daughter Blue Ivy and three-year-old twins, Sir and Rumi Carter, with husband Jay-Z - wrote on her Instagram Story: "BeyGOOD and Adidas are working with Bread of Life to bring urgent relief to those suffering as a result of the winter storms. If you are in Texas or any state affected by these storms, you can apply for assistance at breadoflifeinc.org/disasterrelief."
In December, BeyGOOD donated $500,000 to people at risk of eviction owing to the current COVID-19 crisis.
BeyGOOD has also supported black-owned small businesses amid the Covid-19 outbreak, as well as donating $6 million to mental health wellness.
Charitable donations are eligible for huge tax write-offs come tax time.
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Kodak Black is a free man after former President Donald Trump commuted his 46-month sentence to time served on Jan. 20.
Rappers Lil Wayne and Kodak Black were granted pardons by Trump on his last day in office.
Black, government name Bill Kapri, received a commutation of his 46-month sentence for falsifying information on federal forms to buy firearms in 2019.
Black made headlines last year when he tweeted that he would donate $1 million to charity if Trump released him from prison early.
"If The President Them Free Me, I'm Gonna Spend 1 million on Charity within The First Year I'm Out. That's on Everything," he tweeted on Nov. 27, 2020.
Apparently, "everything" meant nothing to Kodak. He quietly deleted the tweet within hours of his release from an Illinois prison on Jan. 20.
When social media users called Kodak out for deleting the tweet, his lawyer, Bradford Cohen, said told TMZ the tweet wasn't a good idea to begin with.
"A statement promising something for something in exchange is not appropriate and although Kodak has always given to charity his whole career and will continue to [give to] charity, not in exchange for anything. Some think this is a story. It isn't."
He called out writers who criticized Kodak for going back on his promise: "Instead of harping on a young black man and how much charity he does, why don't we take a look at the amount of charity the writers of these articles do?"
Cohen also noted that Kodak donated $150,000 to charity in the the 5 days since he's been out of prison.
"Last week, Kodak pledged $100k to setting up a scholarship fund in the name of Meadow Pollack. The week before he donated $50k to barstool fund to help small businesses. That's $150k and he's been out 5 days."
Steve and Marjorie Harvey and Slutty Vegan CEO Pinky Cole teamed up to restore power to 100 Atlanta families with past-due power bills.
More than 100 struggling families were without power or gas when utility companies cut off their power for overdue bills.
The Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation along with The Pinky Cole Foundation partnered with Georgia Power to turn the power back on by bringing the past due bills up-to-date.
"With millions of Americans at risk of losing power as massive unpaid bills pile up, it was necessary for us to work with the Pinky Cole Foundation and Georgia Power to pay the turn-off notices for some struggling Georgia Power customers to give some relief," said Sharon Page, Executive Director of the Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation.
"With Mr. and Mrs. Harvey relocating back to Atlanta, Georgia, their goal is to be a blessing and continue to help those in need, especially during these unprecedented times."
Not everyone is so lucky. Despite the generosity of Harvey and Cole, thousands of families are still without power.
Rick Ross shut down a Mississippi Walmart to hold a toy drive giveaway in his own hometown of Clarksdale. Parents drove from miles around to buy toys for their children.
"We've gotta lot of families out here," said Ross in a video uploaded to his @richforever Instagram account.. "We just came out here, shut the Walmart down. We letting them do they thang. God is great."
"The biggest toy drive, man. Memphis, Clarksdale, the whole area. We're doing it big for these kids."
He captioned the video:
"For the past several years I've been blessed and able to give bach to the communities. I would like to thank everyone that helped with putting together the Xmas givebach in Dade, Broward, Atlanta, Memphis & Mississippi."
In addition to toys, food and household goods, Ross and his crew purchased Fila sneakers for the children.
Charitable donations are tax deductible.
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Beyonce's BeyGood charity is donating $500,000 to individuals and families facing eviction due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The "Lemonade" star's philanthropic organization announced the generous initiative on Tuesday, Dec. 22. The foundation will donate 100 $5,000 gifts to help those struggling during the Covid-19 pandemic.
"This holiday season while many are stressed with what they will do next regarding their housing, we are proud to share some GOOD news. Beyonce is giving $5k grants to individuals and families facing foreclosures or evictions," BeyGOOD said in a press release.
"Beyonce is continuing her heart of support and helping where needed most. Phase Two of the BeyGOOD Impact Fund will now help those impacted by the housing crisis... Many families are impacted, due to the pandemic that resulted in job loss, sickness and overall economy downturn."
Online applications for the BeyGOOD financial assistance open on 7 January, 2021, with applicants asked to provide the necessary documentation to NAACP. Successful applicants will be notified in late January, with a second round of funding available in February.
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Miami Heat player Maurice "Moe" Harkless is also helping out families impacted by the lockdowns and facing eviction.
The 27-year-old donated $100,000 to 50 families to pay for rent and household expenses. Harkless donated the money to the Last Resort Emergency Response Fund to help 50 families with their rent.
Page Six reports each family will get one month's rent paid and expenses covered.
"This means the world to me... to help me identify families from my hometown of Jamaica, Queens who are in need of having their rent covered during the holiday season who have been affected by COVID-19," Harkless told Page Six in a statement.
Charitable donations are eligible for huge tax write-offs come tax time.
Tyler Perry is known for being generous with his vast wealth. The director/playwright is reportedly paying $16,000-a-month rent on a beachfront property for disgraced pastor Carl Lentz.
Justin Bieber's former pastor relocated with his family from New York to a beachfront home on the west coast after he confessed to cheating on his wife.
Lentz reached out to his friends to help with the rent, and Perry answered the call, paying almost $100,000 to cover 6 months rent for his friend.
According to Britain's The Sun newspaper, the Madea star shelled out $96,000 to cover a six-month lease on a beachfront property, after Carl, his wife and their three children relocated from New York.
An insider told the publication that Lentz has also been leaning on Perry for emotional support, after Lentz was fired from the popular Hillsong Church East Coast after admitting to cheating on his wife.
When asked why Perry didn't suggest more reasonably priced accommodations for his friend, a source said, "Tyler has been friends with Carl and his wife Laura for years and is sticking by them and their kids during this difficult time."
News of Perry's generous gift comes as People magazine reported that Lentz is receiving outpatient help with his mental health struggles at a facility which specializes in "depression, anxiety, and pastoral burnout".
"He wants to be better for his family and is dedicated to doing the work," a source told People. "His family is supporting him and hopes their privacy will be respected on this journey. He has no ill will towards the church and recognizes that they needed to take some course of action to address his missteps."
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Tyler Perry was in the giving mood this weekend -- as Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta welcomed thousands of cars for a food giveaway Sunday morning.
More than 5,000 families came from all over to get in line at the food drive giveaway that the studio dubbed TPSGiving.
Tyler Perry and co. gave away 100,000 pounds of non-perishable food as well as gift cards to the first 5,000 families to pull up to their grounds in southwest Atlanta on Sunday.
The cars started arriving as early as Saturday afternoon, and the line of cars only grew bigger going into Sunday -- with the food drive going from 8 AM ET to noon.
Traffic backed up all along the surrounding freeway, TMZ reported.
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Tyler's staff wore hazmat suits and PPE as they handed out care packages of food at the curbside pickup, and everyone receiving a care package was asked to wear masks.
Tyler's charitable deeds are nothing new around these parts. Tyler's done everything from tipping local restaurant staff -- with upwards of $20,000 plus -- and also picked up the tabs of grocery shoppers in NOLA and Atlanta earlier this year.
Watch 11 Alive's video footage of the food drive below.
Ciara Wilson is determined to teach her kids to know that they are more privileged than most Black children in America.
She wants her three children to appreciate the significance of giving back to the community from a young age.
The "Level Up" singer is partnering with Discover for its Eat It Forward campaign, to give $25,000 awards to 200 Black-owned restaurants around the U.S. amid the Covid-19 crisis.
Speaking to PEOPLE just days before the arrival of her newborn son, Win Wilson, the hitmaker insisted it's "important" her kids, daughter Sienna Princess, 3, and her son Future Zahir, 6, "know mom and dad didn't have a lot growing up".
"It's so important to us to instil the same morals that were instilled in us growing up and the same philosophy that we had growing up," she explained. "We worked hard for everything that we have, and I think it's always important to remind our kids of that, because they definitely are at a much better starting point than we were when we were younger."
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Highlighting the couple's commitment to helping those in need, the "1, 2 Step" star went on to admit that "one of the greatest rewards of what we do is being blessed enough to give back."
"The reality is that, during Covid, the black community in particular has been disproportionately hit and affected by the magnitude of what has unfolded. A lot of these restaurants are pillars in their communities. It's hard for the families that own them when it's their lifeline to take care of their households... In this whole era of everything that's going on, I was trying to find the best way to use my platform to make a difference."
Rapper Future Hendrix knows the importance of a good education. The "Mask Off" rapper is giving scholarships to new college students in Georgia amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The father-of-6 invited high school graduates to apply for the "I'm Still a Dreamer" Georgia COVID-19 Scholarship, funded through his FreeWishes Foundation, by submitting videos detailing how the global health crisis has personally affected their lives.
"You don't have to be in the perfect situation or come from the perfect background to reach for your dreams," Future shared in a statement. "Despite this COVID-19 pandemic, I encourage all dreamers to continue to dream big."
Applicants must meet certain criteria to be eligible for the grants, which are capped at $2,500. Submissions will be accepted until July 27. The lucky recipients will be announced on 4 August.
For more information visit freewishes.org/2020-scholarship-info.
Tekashi 6IX9INE was upset when a hunger charity rejected his $200,000 donation, saying they didn't want to be associated with his kind.
The "FeFe" star took to social media to rage after No Kid Hungry, an organization that provides aid to struggling families across America, rejected his large donation.
Organization officials turned down the check once they learned who the rapper was.
The group announced they did not want to be associated with Tekashi, real name Daniel Hernandez.
"We are grateful for Mr. Hernandez's generous offer to donate to No Kid Hungry but we have informed his representatives that we have declined this donation," read a statement issued by the non-profit, obtained by TMZ.
"As a child-focused campaign, it is our policy to decline funding from donors whose activities do not align with our mission and values."
But a Los Angeles non-profit won't let the $200,000 go to waste. The charity Kooking 4 Kids will gladly accept Tekashi's money.
According to TMZ, Keith Johnson, Executive Director of Kooking 4 Kids - a non-profit supporting young people which serves between 1,600 and 1,800 free meals to children and parents every day - insisted if the rapper's looking to do a good deed and help eliminate hunger, his efforts should be appreciated.
"If there is an individual that wants to help address hunger in Los Angeles, we welcome it," he said. "How that person wants to live their life is for them to decide."
The ex-convict, who is currently under house arrest as part of his sentence for gang-related charges, earned a small fortune from merchandise he promoted on Instagram last week. His Instagram Live video broke a record for number of views in 24 hours.
Rapper Meek Mill challenged Tekashi's Instagram numbers, saying the IG Live views were fake.