Here’s How Celebs Are Helping Out During the Coronavirus Pandemic
The Weeknd attends the premiere of A24’s “Uncut Gems” at The Dome at ArcLight Hollywood on Dec. 11, 2019 in Hollywood, Calif.
Since the coronavirus outbreak, cities around the country have urged self-isolation in order to help flatten the curve and reduce transmission, resulting in school shutdowns, layoffs, and a plummeting stock market. Now, celebrities are stepping up to help.
In the entertainment industry, musicians have postponed and canceled tours, while events such as awards shows and festivals have also been put on hold. Movie and television sets have also shut down production while Americans hunker down.
With the situation and economy looking more dire with each passing day, celebrities are offering what help they can. Some musicians are sharing their talents, providing livestreams of performances to keep fans entertained. Others are donating not only their time, but rather their tremendous resources, to provide aid to the less fortunate in their communities and around the world.
Here’s a look at the stars who are giving back during the crisis.
21 Savage held his fifth annual “Issa Back 2 School Drive” presented by his Leading By Example Foundation, in partnership with Chime, Juma.org and Black Voters Matter and M.O.B.B. (March On Ballot Boxes) on Aug. 15 following COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Savage was able to give young students and families free WiFi, laptops and backpacks filled with school supplies, financial literacy toolkits and face masks. Additionally, eligible guests were able to register to vote through Black Voters Matter Fund, in partnership with M.O.B.B.
The artist donated $1,000,000 to COVID-19 relief efforts on June 29, with $500,000 of that going to MusiCares, and the other half to front-line healthcare workers of the Scarborough Health Network.
The artist has launched a fundraiser for sex workers in the U.K. whose incomes have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The GoFundMe initiative will benefit SWARM Collective, Lysistrata, and the East London Strippers Collective.