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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.
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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.
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.
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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Singer/actress Janelle Monáe is helping to feed the hungry in Atlanta, Georgia by hosting a free food giveaway this weekend.
The "Tightrope" singer and her creative collective The Wondaland Arts Society have partnered with local officials and Hot 107.9 to organize the free lunch giveaway on Sunday, April 26 from 12-3 p.m.
In an announcement shared online, Monáe urged those in need during the ongoing coronavirus crisis to have a "#WONDALUNCH ON US!"
"Drive through and enjoy contact-free boxed lunches + more for you and your family on us!" the post reads. "This is a drive through and walk up food relief effort for the city of Atlanta and surrounding areas in response to covid-19."
"Rain or shine, everyone is welcome!" it adds.
The three-hour event will begin at 12pm EDT, but all families must pre-register, and early arrival is "highly advised".
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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).
Jay-Z sent rapper Meek Mill a pricey Rolex wristwatch as a "VIP pass" to his high stakes blackjack tournament to benefit his Shawn Carter Foundation at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, FL, on Nov. 15.
Meek posted an image of the Rolex Daytona chronograph timepiece on social media, Vladtv.com reports.
The 32-year-old ex-con captioned the photo: "Hov sent these as vip passes smh this rich sh** getting out of control lol. I'm not joking lol." Rolex Daytonas made of 18-karat gold regularly retails for $30,000-$39,000.
The weekend event will cost $100,000 cash to buy-in to play blackjack alongside Jay-Z and his wife Beyonce Knowles-Carter.
The Shawn Carter Foundation gala will include silent and live auctions and a blackjack tournament with a $500,000 jackpot for the winner.
Less wealthy guests can purchase a $40,000 package that grants them VIP access for the weekend event. Alicia Keys will perform on Nov. 16 in a live concert that the hotel website describes as "an intimate one-time-only performance," according to Revolt.TV.
Jay-Z hosted a celebrity poker tournament with baseball great Alex Rodriguez at Atlantic City in 2006. The tournament, to benefit the A-Rod Family Foundation, raised $403,862 in proceeds, but only $5,090 went to the charity, according to reports.
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Kevin Hunter opened up about his estranged wife, Wendy Williams, dissolving the foundation they once operated to help drug addicts.
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Wendy Williams has washed her hands of her cheating husband, Kevin Hunter. The 54-year-old talk show diva dissolved the charitable foundation she once operated with Hunter, 47.
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President Donald Trump has agreed to shut down his New York charity amid allegations that he used the foundation for his own financial and personal benefit.
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Michelle Obama appears in a promotional video for her Global Girls Alliance. The former First Lady appears in the video with adolescent girls from multicultural backgrounds.
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3X NBA champion LeBron James will fulfill a dream on Monday, July 30, when he opens his first elementary school for academically at-risk students in his hometown of Akron, Ohio.
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The New York attorney general filed a lawsuit against President Trump and his Trump Foundation directors, including his three eldest children, for $2.8 million on Thursday.
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