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A Los Angeles jury awarded Kobe Bryant's widow, Vanessa Bryant, $16 million in her lawsuit against Los Angeles County on Wednesday. Now she plans to donate the $16 million to charity.

Bryant, 40, will donate her $16 million judgment to a foundation she controls that is named for her husband, Kobe, and daughter, Gianna.
 
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Bryant, 41, and Gianna, 14, died in a January 2020 helicopter crash along with seven others in Calabasas, California.

Vanessa Bryant's attorney told the jury she suffered undue emotional stress after she discovered county personnel shared cellphone pictures of human remains as morbid "souvenirs."

Another plaintiff, Chris Chester, whose wife and daughter died in the crash, was awarded $15 million by the same jury.

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Vanessa sued after she discovered that Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies had shared graphic photos of the victims' remains with others, including a woman in a local bar.

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R&B singer Monica, 41, (right) accompanied Vanessa to court on what would have been Kobe's 44th birthday.

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According to Yahoo! Entertainment, the nonprofit Mamba and Mambacita Sports foundation offers sports education to underserved athletes. The foundation, founded in 2016, is named for the Lakers' legend's nickname, Black Mamba.

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The charity was renamed in 2020 to honor both Kobe and the Bryants' budding basketball star daughter, Gianna.

Vanessa Bryant's attorney said she was giving her jury award to the foundation as a way to "to shine a light on Kobe and Gigi's legacy," according to The Los Angeles Times.

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Patrisse Cullors' brother and ex-boyfriend were Black Lives Matter's highest paid employees, according to a new tax filing.

The new tax filings show Cullors paid her son's father, Damon Turner (pictured above), $970,000 for "creative services" for Black Lives Matter. She also paid her brother, Paul Cullors, over $840,000 for security services.

A consulting firm run by former Black Lives Matter board member Shalomyah Bowers received over $2.1 million.

Bowers says BLM paid him for consultation services after he was no longer a board member.

Black Lives Matter reportedly took in $90 million in donations for social justice causes in 2020 and invested $32 million in the stock market.

The new tax filing was shared exclusively with the Associated Press amid a wave of controversy surrounding Cullors' purchase of 5 multi-million dollar properties.

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The tax documents show Cullors spent $6 million on a Los Angeles area mansion which was intended as a "safe space" for Black people in Studio City, an area with less than 3% Black population.

The tax filings are the first view into the organization's finances since it was incorporated in 2017.

The 63-page form 990 is an annual filing required for organizations that claim tax-exempt status as a nonprofit.

Form 990 wasn't required until BLM became an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit in December 2020.

Cullors resigned from BLM in 2021 after questions arose about her spending habits. The other two co-founders also quit.

One expert said the organization seemed to be operating with a scrappy structure that makes it difficult to disprove allegations of financial mismanagement and deviation from its original mission to focus on police killing unarmed Black men.

Black Lives Matter is currently without leadership, according to theGrio. It has no executive director or in-house staff.

The organization has $42 million in donations remaining in its coffers. BLM has an operation budget of around $4 million.

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Rapper Quavo is giving back by providing financial support for 25 Atlanta-based mothers through the Tender Foundation.

The GRAMMY® Award-nominated multi-platinum hip-hop superstar Quavo and apparel brand, Legends proudly presented the 2022 annual Huncho Day celebrity charity football game on Saturday April 30, 2022 at FCF Campus at Pullman Yards.

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This year, Quavo donated $150,000 to the Tender Foundation.

The Tender Foundation will pay rent and utilities for 25 mothers.

Jaycina Almond, Founder of Tender Foundation said, "At Tender, we're bridging the financial gap and providing a safety net for single moms living on the margins here in Atlanta. Our core programming consists of emergency bill pay assistance with rent, utilities, and childcare; providing Grocery store gift cards and operating a diaper bank. Now, with Quavo's help, we're able to pilot a new initiative called The Bridge."

The Bridge is a guaranteed income program founded on the premise that every mother deserves the opportunity to parent without the stress of survival. The Bridge is a step toward establishing equity and disrupting generational poverty for Black women and their families.

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Witherite Law Group, New Birth Missionary Baptist Church and V-103 doubled outreach efforts to feed 2000 families for Thanksgiving!

Pictured (L to R) Christina "Ms. Basketball" Granville (V-103's Big Tigger Morning Show), Dr. Jamal Harrison Bryant (New Birth Missionary Baptist Church); Big Tigger (V-103's Big Tigger Morning Show), Amy Witherite (Witherite Law Group) and Tylerchronicles (V-103's Big Tigger Morning Show) provided 2,000 families with turkeys, hams, food and inspiration ahead of the holiday season.

The Witherite Law Group's annual holiday event took place on Wednesday, November 17. The effort was only slated to give away 1000 turkeys, but when cars started lining up as early as 2 a.m., and had reached near capacity by 6 a.m., it prompted Bryant and Witherite Law Group to double the support by adding another 1000 meals.

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"We have too many people still in need, and I think this is a great indication that we need to do more," said Amy Witherite, founder of Witherite Law Group and 1-800-TruckWreck. "The aftereffects and the current effects of the pandemic are not over. It's important for us to do our part to help people and make their lives a little bit better."

With a nationwide turkey shortage and rising food prices, families were grateful for the opportunity to receive a turkey and other staple items to make a meal for their families this Thanksgiving. What started as an effort to provide 1,000 families with free Thanksgiving meal boxes and turkeys quickly grew as cars poured into the New Birth parking lot early Wednesday morning, prompting Witherite and Bryant to double down on the planned outreach effort to expand the donations to an additional 1,000 families.

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"Amy and the Witherite Law Group team continue to be exceptional partners with V-103 in serving the community beyond just business objectives, but truly making the investment in time and resources to positively make an impact in the Atlanta area,” said Rick Caffey, senior vice president and market manager of Audacy Atlanta.

Since the onset of the global COVID-19 pandemic and the economic hardships that resulted, the demand for food assistance has been even greater. People have been known to drive in from as far as an hour away to have a meal on the table for their families. New Birth's food pantry, known as The King's Table, has provided free food to more than 837,000 people to date, including $3 million in food, supplies, essential medical supplies, and household items.

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"The bleak reality is that the COVID-19 pandemic not only marks a global health crisis but also a financial one that has increased food insecurities across the nation and around the world," said Dr. Bryant.

"What we experienced demonstrated that the need is not a hypothetical one, but a sobering reality that food insecurities are right here in our community and must be addressed, even post-pandemic."

The Thanksgiving boxes, which were provided on a first-come, first-served basis, were filled with fresh fruits, vegetables, shelf-stable food items, and other essential items for families financially impacted by the global COVID-19 pandemic.

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always puts his money where his mouth is when it comes to giving back. The "Feelin' Peachy" rapper gave away 5,000 turkeys to families in Florida to make sure they have a happy Thanksgiving.

TMZ reports the rapper dropped $14,500 for more than 5,000 turkeys and had his team distribute the frozen birds to underserved families in South Florida communities.

According to Kodak's attorney, Bradford Cohen, Kodak's turkey giveaway tour made 7 stops in three days, with his team delivering the birds in rental trucks.

The turkeys were distributed to families in the Sistrunk and Sunland neighborhoods, as well as Delray Beach, Fort Lauderdale, North Miami, Little Haiti in Miami and of course, the Golden Acres public housing projects in Pompano Beach, where Kodak was raised by his single mom.

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Kodak is known for his generosity, which is one of the reasons, former President Donald Trump pardoned him in January.

Through his attorney, Kodak said he wished he could be there in person to hand out the turkeys, but he is focused on completing rehab so he can continue supporting underprivileged neighborhoods.

Good for him.

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Rapper Gunna is giving back to his community by opening a grocery and clothing store inside his former middle school.

Th 28-year-old College Park, Georgia native surprised the students at Ronald McNair Middle School by opening Gunna's Drip Closet and Goodr Grocery Store inside the school.

The students can shop for groceries, toiletries, soap, clothing, and sneakers -- and everything is free!

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The Grammy-nominated rapper and Goodr Co. CEO Jasmine Crowe, right, said they received positive feedback from parents and teachers at McNair.

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"These are things I said I was gonna do when I got in a position to do it so I just gotta follow that," Gunna told The Atlanta Voice.

He is pictured with cheerleaders during his visit to McNair Middle School.

The rapper is best known for his debut studio album, Drip or Drown 2 (2019), which spawned his platinum track and lead single "One Call."

He is signed to Young Thug's YSL label and he has collaborated with Drake, Lil Durk, Nav, Young Thug, and Gucci Mane.

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Atlanta rappers Young Thug and Gunna bonded 30 non-violent inmates out of the Fulton County Jail over the weekend.

The rappers bailed non-violent inmates out of jail to be with their families, according to Channel 2 Action News.

Channel 2's Michael Seiden caught up with both rappers at Cleveland Avenue Park on Sunday afternoon.

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"This is where we are from," said Young Thug (left). "We just woke up and went to the jail with the lawyer and you know DA's and the prosecutors, you know, the bonding companies and just got as many people as we can out."

"You never know what somebody been through," said Gunna (right). "There was people sitting out three or four years and couldn't get out on a bond. If they did the crime, then they can do the time, then it's all right. But it's like you're giving them a bond higher than what they stole."

The rappers' record label, Young Stoner Life (YSL), shared a video showing the moment the inmates were released into the arms of their loved ones.

By coincidence, both rappers recently released the follow-up to their 2018 album Slime Language. The follow-up album features Thug, Gunna, Travis Scott, Lil Uzi Vert, and more.

Thugga and Gunna denied their act of benevolence was a stunt to promote their new album.

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After having a fairytale wedding, newlyweds Jay "Jeezy" Jenkins (recording artist, entrepreneur & philanthropist) & Jeannie Mai-Jenkins (Emmy Award winning co-host of The Real) partnered with The Tony Robbins Foundation alongside Jeezy's Street Dreamz Foundation to gift over 500 bicycles to children and young adults in Atlanta.

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Taking place at the historic Clark Atlanta University, the giveaway was preceded by a rally which included motivational speeches from Jeezy as well as Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance-Bottoms (pictured right with Jeannie and Jeezy).

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Giving back to the community that raised Jeezy has always been a priority to him and the choice to give away bicycles was a personal one. "The only time I felt free was when I was in motion. That’s your chance to see where you want to go in life because if you stay still, that’s where you'll stay." Jeezy continues "If you’ve got a vision you can achieve it, just like you can ride from one street to the next, you can do that with life, too!"

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In addition to Keisha Lance-Bottoms, the community giveaway was also attended by President of CAU Dr. George French, Hank Stewart, Senator Tonya Anderson, Bernice King, Karyn Greer, Xernona Clayton, City Councilmen Andre Dickens, Ambassador Andrew Young and more.

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NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal surprised a stranger by paying off his engagement ring debt while shopping in a jewelry store.

Shaq, 49, was shopping at a Zales jewelry store in Atlanta, Georgia when he spotted a young man paying down on a lay-away engagement ring. Shaq handed the salesman his credit card after realizing the guy was struggling to pay off the debt.

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The 7-foot-1-inch sports analyst was in the store shopping for earrings for his girlfriend, Laticia Rolle.

He shared the story during his TV show NBA on TNT on Tuesday night, April 6, and now video of his generosity has gone viral.

"I seen the guy come in - he was just so shy," Shaq said. "He was saying, 'Hey, how much do I owe to pay off my ring?' And I was like, 'My man, how much is the ring?' I'm not going to say the amount, but it's not a lot for me. I was like, 'You know what? Tell your girlfriend I got her. I'll take care of it'. At first, he didn't want to take it. He was like, 'Man, I can't do that'. I said, 'Don't worry about it. I do it all the time. I'm just trying to make people smile, that's all'."

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Shaq, who has more money than he can spend, also paid off a family's bill at a furniture store.

"This lady, she had an autistic daughter, and she was also looking to pay for some furniture and I just took care of her. I'm into making people happy. Whenever I leave the house, I just try to do a good deed."

In 2019, Shaq surprised a young fan by purchasing custom shoes and sneakers because the teen's mother couldn't afford shoes in his size.

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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.

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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."

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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.

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Sean Combs played Santa Claus to 175 families in a struggling Miami neighborhood. Combs, 51, stopped by Miami's impoverished Overtown neighborhood with a fistful of cash on Dec. 29.

In addition to handing out $50 cash and $50 Publix supermarket gift certificates to each resident, Combs, aka Puff Daddy, P. Diddy and Brother Love, blessed 175 families with rental assistance.

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Combs wore a clear face shield over designer glasses and black latex gloves. He was dressed in a multicolor Coogi sweater and designer sneakers. The middle aged mogul arrived wearing a face mask which he soon removed to greet excited Overtown residents.

The Sean Combs foundation along with Headliner Market Groups and local charity Teens Exercising Extraordinary Success (T.E.E.S) provided rental assistance to families struggling to pay their bills amid the Covid-19 outbreak.

Local activist Michael Gardner handed out gift bags filled with essentials such as hygiene products.

Earlier this year, his company, Combs Enterprises, launched the "Our Fair Share" program, an online platform dedicated to helping minority small business owners through the economic hardships brought on by the lockdowns across the U.S.

Charitable donations are eligible for huge tax write-offs come tax time.

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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.