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Gabrielle's Angel Foundation for Cancer Research raised over $2.3 million at the Angel Ball Summer Gala, honoring Simone I. Smith and legendary model Maye Musk, in Southampton, NY, on August 20.

Pictured (L-R): Denise Rich, Lamar Cardinez and his wife Italia Smith Cardinez (LL Cool J's daughter); LL Cool J, his wife Simone I. Smith, and their daughters, Nina Symone Smith and Samaria Leah Wisdom Smith.

Gabrielle's Angel Foundation focuses on finding less toxic treatments for patients with leukemia, lymphoma and other related blood cancers.

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The evening honored Simone I. Smith, Designer & Co-Founder Simone I. Smith jewelry, and legendary model Maye Musk (pictured).

Denise Rich and her daughters Daniella Rich Kilstock and Ilona Rich Schachter hosted the event in memory of Gabrielle Rich Aouad, to benefit Gabrielle's Angel Foundation for Cancer Research.

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Denise Rich is a renowned singer-songwriter, socialite, philanthropist and political fundraiser. She has written hit songs for Sister Sledge, Celine Dion, Marc Anthony, Natalie Cole, Patti LaBelle, Chaka Khan, Diana Ross, and more.

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Jill Martin, host of Shop TODAY with Jill Martin and Lifestyle Contributor to the TODAY Show served as the emcee for the event.

Dinner chairs included Mary J. Blige and Lizzie & Jonathan Tisch along with Honorary Chair, Brock Pierce who made a $100,000 contribution via cryptocurrency, the first crypto donation in the Foundation’s history.

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Notable guests included: LL Cool J, pictured right with Honorary chair Jonathan Tisch; Isaac Boots, Lorraine Schwartz, Dr. Stephen Nimer, Pritika Swarup, Fer da Silva, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Blosette Kitson, Jean Shafiroff, Ronny Kobo, Stalking Gia, Dottie Herman, Cuba Gooding, Jr. Russell Simmons, Jonathan Tisch, Frank Rella, Michele Rella, Jean Shafiroff, Maribel Lieberman, Lizzie Asher, Casey Kohlberg, Nitin Gambhir and Elena Ulansky of Tethys Art, and many others.

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Later in the evening, Star Jones led a paddle raise to help raise funds and Melyora de Koning, Senior Special Phillips Auction, led the event’s highly anticipated live auction which featured exclusive opportunities and items - including an original Peter Tunney; a luxury vacation to Discover Albany, Bahamas; Lorraine Schwartz earrings and a one-of-a-kind digital NFT artwork by Marcel Van Luit and Cutting Edge Apollo.

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Shaun King is back in the headlines for raising donations for one of his causes without explaining what he does with the money.

Critics say that whenever King runs out of cash to finance his family's lavish lifestyle, he comes up with a new investment opportunity for his followers to donate.

Last year, King, who was born Caucasian but claims to be Black, collected more than $1.5 million to relaunch Frederick Douglass' abolitionist newspaper, The North Star.

It was a worthy cause with promises to employ about 50 journalists. But, as usual, his big plans went but and the money he raised went down the rabbit hole.

The North Star's former editor-in-chief, Keisha N. Blain, wrote in a tweet:

"So many people warned me about him and I didn't listen. But I learned through experience -- not rumors or innuendoes but real life experience with a liar & a fraud."

Another Twitter activist, DeRay McKesson, stopped short of calling King a con artist in a tweet on Tuesday, May 26.

"Shaun King is running a long con & this is just the tip of the iceberg.

At the very least, he needs to:

1. Immediately & publicly release all former North Star staff from NDAs w/ no penalty.

2. Stop soliciting funds altogether, immediately."

In a lengthy article by the DailyBeast.com titled "Shaun King Keeps Raising Money, and Questions About Where It Goes," the writer hinted that King might face criminal or civil charges this time around.
 

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Sean "Puffy" Combs stopped the music during his Instagram Live dance party to rebuke troubled singer Lizzo for twerking on Easter Sunday.

Combs raised more than $3.5 million to aid healthcare workers during the first hour of his Easter Sunday digital dance party.

The music mogul hastily stopped the dance party when Lizzo, who tuned in remotely from her home, began twerking.

"Hold on! Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa! Stop the music!" Combs yelled.

"It's Sunday. Let's play something a little bit family friendly," Combs said, as Lizzo repeatedly apologized for her poor impulse control.

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Combs organized the coronavirus relief benefit in collaboration with bosses at Direct Action, and kicked off the holiday event with his family on Instagram Live at 3pm EST.

The charity event opened with a set by DJ D-Nice, before Diddy invited actress/singer Rita Wilson to join in the livestreamed bash.

During the appearance, the Bad Boy Records founder gave Wilson's rap skills the thumbs up as she delivered an "incredible" rendition of her new Naughty By Nature fundraising collaboration, "Hip Hop Hooray (Remix)."

The beginning of Diddy's hours-long dance party also featured a chat with Brazilian superstar Anitta, and models Naomi Campbell and Winnie Harlow, while rappers Snoop Dogg and Megan Thee Stallion and comedienne Tiffany Haddish made remote cameos, too.

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There was also an appearance by Combs's ex-girlfriend, Jennifer Lopez, and her fiancé, former baseball ace Alex Rodriguez. Combs and Lopez dated for two years from 1999 to 2001.

"Hi Papi!" greeted Lopez, after Combs asked how they were doing. "We're great, we're blessed and we're happy to be here today to support you..."

As Combs showed off his fancy footwork, Lopez joked, "I probably taught you that!"

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Lopez revealed her fiancé, A-Rod, is Diddy's "biggest fan", as the hitmaker played the remix of his track "Been Around the World" for A-Rod.

Following the first hour of the dance party, Diddy announced the bash had already raised $3.5 million and counting for healthcare workers in underprivileged areas of the U.S.
 

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DeRay McKesson, one of the most vocal activists in the Black Lives Matter movement, called out transracial activist Shaun King (left) for fraudulent fundraising.

McKesson slammed King's recently released fundraising report, in which King attempted to explain where millions of BLM fundraising dollars went.

King, a Caucasian man who claims to be Black, released the report after months of accusations that he spent the cash on lavish vacations and living expenses.

McKesson discredited the report, claiming it was not independent.

In an op-ed for Medium.com titled "On Shaun King," McKesson said King's lack of integrity within the activism community was "so glaring that to be silent is to be complicit."

He specifically focused on King's "fundraising efforts" that usually ends with the money vanishing down a black hole.

"Shaun has followed a uniform pattern over the years, a pattern that has compelled me to speak up, again," he wrote.

"It is important to note that Shaun's journalism has done some good by bringing attention to stories that may have gone under-reported or overlooked. But the person who paints your house before he steals your car has still committed theft."

He continued:

"I tried previously to engage offline to resolve these tensions, but his behaviors did not change. There is a formula that he employs when people ask questions or highlight contradictions: issue an unconditional denial, attack the character of the person asking questions, argue that white supremacists are attacking him or his family, respond only to the least salient of all points raised, then issue a statement akin to an apology."

McKesson notes that King often "bullies and intimidates" Black women - his most vocal critics - to scare them into silence.

McKesson suggests that many of King's Black supporters decline to question the facts because they can't admit they've been duped by a con artist.

"I have seen many people, against their better judgment, defend Shaun. I know because I was once one of those people. We are all apt to defend own decision-making, especially about people. But the love for our people must be greater than the love of any one person. Shaun has continued to thrive because many people cannot believe that they have been duped, used, or taken advantage of."