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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".

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"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."
 

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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.

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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.

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A hunger relief charity rejected a $200,000 donation from gang-affiliated ex-convict Tekashi 6ix9ine, saying they didn't want to be associated with his kind.

The "Fefe" star, 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.

He sent a check for $200,000 to No Kid Hungry, an organization that provides aid to struggling families across America. But 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."

Tekashi, who has a long rap sheet, was convicted on charges of racketeering, firearms offenses, and drug trafficking in New York last year. In 2015, he pleaded guilty to the use of a child in a sexual performance.

Blasting the news online, the rapper fumed, "@nokidhungry rather take food out the mouth of these innocent children I never seen something so cruel."

Police were forced to find a new hideout for Tekashi after a neighbor leaked the location of his Long Island safe house on the internet. Then someone leaked the location of his second safe house on the internet on Tuesday.

Tekashi69 has a target on his back after he snitched on gang associates in exchange for shaving years off his prison time.
 

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Pastor Jamal H. Bryant has vehemently denied fathering a child in January, February, April, or May this year.

The pastor said he received many congratulations from church folk who had heard that he fathered a child recently.

All babies are a blessing from God, but the father-of-four, who heads New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in DeKalb, made an impassioned plea to his flock to disregard reports that he fathered a child this year.

He categorically denies fathering a child this year in the Atlanta area.

"One thing that I can stand true to is that the man that I am now is not the man that I used to be," Pastor Bryant said in a video on Thursday.

Pastor Bryant also wants you to know he will be blessing the first 1,000 families with groceries on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Family Life Center at 6400 Woodrow Road in Lithonia, Ga. First come, first serve while supplies last.

And on Sunday, Mothers Day, the church will offer FREE COVID-19 tests from 11a-3p.
 

 


 


 

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Hip-hop mogul Bryan "Birdman" Williams has offered to pay next month's rent for everyone in need in the Uptown New Orleans neighborhood where he was born and raised.

In association with his Johnny and Gladys Williams Foundation, the rap star, who is currently in quarantine with fiancee Toni Braxton, will pay everyone's rent to help support the needy.

He is also calling on the Housing Authority of New Orleans and Mayor LaToya Cantrell for their support.

Birdman announced his generous offer in a social media post.

"I would like 2 offer to pay everybody rent for month of May (for those who in need) in residents area of UPTOWN New Orleans where I was born and raised at from mac melph calio and ST Thomas housing also from 3rd ward to 17th ward. also wanna thank all hospital on front line Risking they life to save lives."

The 51-year-old rap OG popped the question to "Spanish Guitar" singer Toni back in February, 2018, after they began dating in May, 2016.

The couple is still planning to wed this year, despite the coronavirus pandemic, and Toni, 52, said earlier this month on the Rick & Sasha Morning Show: "We have been going back and forth on wedding dates.

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Kanye West and Chic-Fil-A are feeding the hungry during the coronavirus pandemic. Kanye's charitable collaboration with the fast food giant has helped provide over 300,000 meals to the needy in Los Angeles.

The hip-hop superstar namechecked the fast food firm in his 2019 track "Closed On Sunday," and he partnered with them to help Christian non-profit the Los Angeles Dream Center provide food and other items to those in need since March.

According to Fox News, Dream Center founder Matthew Barnett thanked Kanye and the firm for helping him and his team serve around 11,000 meals a day since first receiving donations - transforming the organization into a hub for those in financial difficulty due to Covid-19.

"The Los Angeles Dream Center has transformed into the Grand Central Station of food distribution and other basic essentials," Barnett told Fox in a statement. "I'm so grateful that our team has stayed healthy, and that we've found a safe way to meet the urgent needs within our community.

"I can't say thank you enough to the various donors who've made this a reality. This is what a neighborhood, a community, and a church should always look like."

The "Jesus Walks" rapper has also made donations to the We Women Empowered charity in his native Chicago, Illinois.

Kanye is reportedly the second richest Black man in America (don't quote me).

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Comedian Michael Che is honoring his late grandmother by paying the rent of her neighbors. The Saturday Night Live star announced his generous plan in an Instagram post on Wednesday.

Che said he is paying the rent of the residents in his late grandmother Martha's apartment block, following her death from the coronavirus earlier this month.

"It's crazy to me that residents of public housing are still expected to pay their rent when so many New Yorkers can't even work," he wrote. "Obviously, I can't offer much help by myself. But in the spirit and memory of my late grandmother, I'm paying one month's rent for all 160 apartments in the NYCHA (New York City Housing Authority) building she lived in.

"I know that's just a drop in the bucket. So I really hope the city has a better plan for debt forgiveness for all the people in public housing, AT THE VERY LEAST."

He concluded his post with a plea to New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, Governor Andrew Cuomo and rap mogul Sean Combs, writing, "Let's fix this! Page me!"

According to a previous report from the NYCHA, the average apartment rent for one of their tenants is $522 a month, meaning Che can expect to pay out around $83,520 to cover April's rent for the residents.

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The government stepped in after two Tennessee brothers were accused of attempting to sell 17,000 bottles of hand sanitizer for $70 each during the coronavirus outbreak.

Matt and Noah Colvin thought they would make a killing when they attempted to sell 17,000 bottles for $70 each on Amazon.com. But Amazon blocked the sale, and the brothers were stuck with 17,000 bottles that they couldn't unload.

The Colvin brothers bragged that they were making "crazy money" online. They told reporters they drove 1,000 miles all over Kentucky and Tennessee buying bottles of hand sanitizer and other anti-viral products to take advantage of the pandemic.

The government asses stiff fines and jail time to lawbreakers who enrich themselves through price gouging during shortages.

After the government stepped in and opened an investigation into price gouging, the brothers quickly donated the 17,000 bottles.

CrimeOnline.com went to the brothers' storage unit and observed the Tennessee state's attorney's office carting off the bottles and supplies. The AG's office made multiple trips to the storage unit to haul most of the bottles off.

According to NBC3, the brothers donated the remaining bottles to a local church.

Samantha Fisher of the Tennessee Attorney General's office said the brothers still face a hefty fine for price gouging. The fine might wipe out their "crazy" earnings.

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A Walmart store in Fort Pierce, Florida admits misusing $20,000 of a gift donation from Chicago Bears linebacker Khalil Mack to pay off 350 layaways for Christmas.

TCPalm.com reports Mack's foundation approached store management and asked to "be a secret Santa."

Mack, a native of Fort Pierce, donated $80,000 to the Walmart location to pay off 350 layaways totaling $60,000.

The store manager disbursed the remaining $20,000 to store employees. It isn't clear if the manager intentionally overinflated the total cost of the layaways.

In a statement, a Walmart spokesman admitted the store management "misused" the $20,000.

"We have determined the site did not handle the transaction in keeping with Walmart's guidelines and have taken corrective action," company spokesperson Delia Garcia said in a statement.

A store employee alerted Walmart's corporate office to the misused funds. The whistleblower did not receive a share of the $20,000.

Garcia did not say how many employees received the $20,000.

Mack's charitable donation made headlines after the store sent out a tweet, writing: "If you have an active Holiday Layaway account at your local Ft. Pierce Walmart, your account has been paid off!"

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NBA legend Michael Jordan opened a medical clinic to serve the disadvantaged in his native North Carolina.

According to the Charlotte Observer, the 6-time NBA champion teared up on Thursday as he unveiled the Novant Health Michael Jordan Family Medical Clinic which has already treated 300 patients.

During his speech the Charlotte Hornets owner fought back tears as he dedicated the clinic to the community that supported him.

"I've gone off and made my life in Illinois and other places, but I know where it all begins. And I don't need my mother to constantly remind me about that," Jordan said as the crowd laughed.

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"I can only give in gratitude for what I can never repay. I stand here before you as a proud parent, son, obviously a member of this community. My mother, my brothers, my daughter, my grandson, we all represent the name 'Michael Jordan,'" the NBA Hall-of-Famer said. "As you can see, it's a very emotional thing for me. To be able to give back to a community that's supported me over the years."

The clinic was funded by a $7 million philanthropic donation from Jordan.

Jordan's goal is to bring more medical clinics to disadvantaged neighborhoods in North Carolina.

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Jordan, 56, and his second wife, Yvette Prieto share twin daughters, Victoria and Ysabel.

He also has three grown children, sons Jeffrey and Marcus, and a daughter, Jasmine, by his first wife, Juanita Vanoy.

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Freshman Michael Todd said he was bullied in school his whole life because his single mom didn't have enough money to buy new clothes for him to wear.

Todd was having a hard time fitting in at Martin Luther King Prep in Memphis, TN. He was bullied for wearing the same clothes to school every day.

"I don't really have clothes at home. My mom can't buy clothes for me because I'm growing too fast," he told Fox 13 in Memphis, TN.

After being bullied by ruthless classmates, two high school football players stepped in to help Todd out.

Kristopher Graham and Antwan Garrett surprised Todd by gifting him with bags of clothes and shoes from their own closets, according to Fox 13.

"I said, 'You know, we was in the same third period. I apologize for laughing at you and I want to give something to you to make it up,'" Graham told Fox 13 Memphis.

"I was shocked, completely… You guys are awesome," said Todd.

"It was a weak moment for me, I was crying," Garrett said.

"And then I almost cried when we had lunch, he told me, he was like, 'You know, you two the only two to actually ever give me a gift,'" Graham said.