Every day, we read in the Web or watch in the news gossips about a celebrity. Sadly, most of them are negative. Stars are not called such for nothing. These people are idolized and named the role models of their fans, and because they are always in the spotlight, their actions both on and off the stage are followed and critiqued. That is the price for being a star.
But there are good sides of these artists too. Their good deeds may not make the news—because apparently, bad news sell better—these artists spend millions of their hard-earned money to improve the life of those in need.
Here are some famous singers and rappers who, you didn’t know, used their fame and money to make the world a little better.
Unlimited Resources Giving Enlightenment (U.R.G.E.), which helps children in Jamaica and Ethiopia, was founded by Ziggy.
“Hungry people are angry people”—this line is what Tosh said to two leading politicians of the violence-torn Jamaica at the famous One Love Peace Concert in 1978.
Diddy is currently the richest rapper-mogul today. He is known for his lavish spending, but unknown to many, he is also involved with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Children’s Hope Foundation, i.am Scholarship Fund, and the Hip-Hop Action Summit. He ran in the New York Marathon to show support and help children suffering from HIV and AIDS.
Jay Z is the founder and benefactor of the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation. His foundation has given more than 750 students at least $1.1 million worth of scholarship money to date. He also regularly supports the United Way of New York City.
The late reggae legend left an estate that created the 1Love charity. The nongovernment organization focuses on helping the youth, peace opportunities, and improving the environment. The 1Love charity works with various NGOs such as Protect Our Winters, United Nations Environment Programme, Invisible Children, Save the Children, and Every Mother Counts.
Snoop Dogg has donated millions to charities like Habitat for Humanity, Orca Network, Save a Life Foundation, Shriners Hospitals for Children, The Healing Circle, The No Guns Allowed campaign, and more.
Dr. Dre helped make the city of Los Angeles a safer place for inner-city youth by donating to numerous charities. He recently made news by donating $35 million to the University of Southern California. He hopes his donation can help thousands of students to further their education. His gift is the largest donation made by a black man to any US college or university.
The “All the Single Ladies” singer is an ambassador of Unite Against Hunger, which aims to give immediate hunger aid to more than 80,000 South Africans per month. She also donated $4 million to a nonprofit drug rehabilitation center Phoenix House to help in the recovery of drug addicts.
To help improve the quality of life of low-income and under-served communities in the country, 50 Cent founded the G-Unity Foundation.
Donda’s House is an organization that helps Chicago youth with artistic encouragement through different classes and programs. The organization was founded by Kanye West as a tribute to his late mother.
Lil’ Kim and MAC cosmetics raised over $4 million to help HIV/AIDS victims. She also has the Lil’ Kim Cares Foundation that aims to help battered women and abandoned children. The foundation also helps people deal with HIV/AIDS and homelessness.
The Yéle Haiti or Wyclef Jean Foundation was founded in 2001. The foundation helped Haiti recover from the aftermath of 2004’s Hurricane Jeanne. Wyclef Jean Foundation provided scholarships to 3,600 children in the Haitian city of Gonaïves.
The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer founded the Elton John AIDS Foundation that hopes to help AIDS-stricken people. The foundation has raised more than $300 million to fund fifty-five programs around the world.
Last year, the Bustamante Hospital for Children in Jamaica received a $600,000. The donation came from the profits of the Shaggy and Friends charity concert, which was organized by the reggae fusion singer Shaggy.
The “Hips Don’t Lie” singer is a native of Colombia. To help her countrymen, she founded the Pies Descalzos Foundation, also known as the Barefoot Foundation. The foundation helps impoverished youth in Colombia and its neighboring countries. Aside from her foundation, Shakira is also an ambassador for UNICEF. She helps raise money and awareness to provide vaccines and food for children through her World Baby Shower.
The singer from Barbados has donated more than $1.75 million to a hospital in her home country.
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