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Celebs And Influencers Give Back During Coronavirus Crisis

Giving back during these times has been the mission of influencers and prominent tastemakers in a variety of fields and professions. Right On! Digital spotlights several deserving individuals who have made a difference in the lives of thousands of people who have been affected by the Coronavirus.

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2 Chainz had initially announced that he would reopen Escobar Restaurant and Tapas, but decided it was more important to feed many of Atlanta’s homeless population. Much to the delight of his fans, the superstar rapper provided quality meals to those who have been adversely affected by plight many of the citizens of the United States have faced: hunger.

 

Entertainment mogul Jim Jones has been keeping up with his fitness routines even while under quarantine. Here’s a few tips from Jim for those who don’t have weights at home. Keep up with Vamp Fit via @jimJonescapo on Instagram.

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An alternative chest workout without weights (swipe)

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An alternative back workout without weights (swipe)

 

 

 

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Janelle Monae’s production company, Wondaland, partnered with  numerous other companies to provide lunches for an event called #Wondalunch, designed to feed many Atlanta residents.

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Monae explained to the  Atlanta Journal Constitution, “My roots are in Atlanta. I started my music career there, I filmed movies there, so it feels great to be able to take care of people. that take care of us.” The lunches were prepared by Gate Gourmet.

The Friends of Harlem Hospital Center (FOHHC) sounded the alarm for support for its COVID-19 Relief Fund.  After a heartwarming interview on CBS’s “60 Minutes” featuring Melba Wilson from, Melba’s Restaurant of Harlem, Gayle King, co-host of CBS Morning News, donated 1,000 meals for essential medical, maintenance and support staff who have been on the front lines supporting Harlem residents.

 

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(Left to right) Deacon Rodney Beckford, of Catholic Charities, Chair, Reverend Jacques Andre DeGraff, Friends of Harlem Hospital, Restaurateur Melba Wilson and Michael Garner President of the One Hundred Black Men, Gather for prayer and service at the Harlem eatery Melba’s.

In response to this pandemic,  New York City’s Harlem Hospital Center has been converted into a COVID-19 Emergency response operation. “We were pleased to provide meals to strengthen the hospital as the teams work round the clock. The Hospitals’  physicians, nurses, technicians and support staff have been strengthened and encouraged by the support that they have received from people from around the world during this difficult time. Our Providers have been on the front lines delivering services to the community who need and deserve extra care, they deserve our gratitude and appreciation” said Rev. Jacques DeGraff, Chairman of the Friends of Harlem Hospital Center’s Board.

“It has been a blessing to have Ms. King make such a sizable donation. Her incredible contribution has allowed us to not only bring back recently furloughed employees but also nourish hospital workers who are making the biggest sacrifice, during this time of need” said Melba Wilson.

To Donate, visit the Friends of Harlem Hospital website at www.nychealthandhospitals.org/harlem/about-harlem-hospital-center/friends-of-harlem-hospital/

 

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Orgain, known for its best-selling Organic Plant Based Protein Powder and maker of the first ever Organic Nutrition Shake, announced its commitment to donate 100,000 Clean Protein shakes to healthcare workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As frontline healthcare workers endure excruciating hours amidst intensifying conditions, most are left physically exhausted day in and day out. The images of doctors and nurses risking their lives to fight this pandemic deeply resonated with Orgain’s founder Dr. Andrew Abraham, so he quickly launched Orgain’s Shakes For Heroes program.

A former physician, Dr. Abraham said, “Our main goal is to express our gratitude towards the healthcare workers sacrificing their own health, time, and energy to fight this virus. We want to get the word out to as many people as possible so we can provide some essential healthy nutrition to these healthcare heroes to help sustain them through these demanding times.”

Currently, several hard-hit hospitals have already received donations from the Shakes for Heroes program, including Mount Sinai Hospital Union Square, New York-Presbyterian, Cleveland Clinic, Loyola University Medical Center, UCLA Medical, Northwestern Medicine and others.

Visit www.Orgain.com/shakesforheroes

Digital pioneer Roland Martin and Grammy Award-winning artist Jay King support Small Black Businesses during Coronavirus Pandemic crisis.

As the newly elected CEO and president of the California Black Chamber of Commerce (CBCC), Grammy Award winning artist/entertainer and veteran music industry executive Jay King recently joined talk show host Roland Martin, on his daily show, “Roland Martin Unfiltered” to raise financial support for struggling Black owned enterprises. King’s interview with Martin boosted the CBCC’s “Everybody Pitch In” GoFundMe campaign close to the $10,000 mark for funds raised to support California-based small Black businesses.

WATCH A CLIP OF THE INTERVIEW HERE:

 

 

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Music moguls Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine are funding Covid-19 testing and springing for meals for residents of the Compton, Ca community.

According to City of Compton Mayor Aja Brown,  “Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine have always been great advocates and supporters of the City of Compton. Increasing access to food and vital healthcare are some of the most important ways we can make an impact for our community in this time of need.”

“As issues like unemployment, food insecurity and lack of COVID-19 testing sweep the nation, I hope that this contribution will inspire others to take action, get involved and support their neighborhoods in any way they can, […] Even in a time of social distancing, this contribution is a strong testament to how we can still come together to support the communities we love.”

 

Editor’s note:  In the coming weeks, we will continue to spotlight those who are helping to brighten lives during some of our darkest days.