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Beyoncé Is Collaborating With Balmain on a Charitable Capsule Collection

July 11, 2018

Just before Coachella was rechristened Beychella, Beyoncé Knowles and Balmain creative director Olivier Rousteing had an idea. It happened in a rehearsal, while Beyoncé and her dancers were practicing in their Balmain-made looks inspired by the marching band uniforms of America’s historically black colleges and universities. “When she saw all the dancers loving the outfit—and she was loving her own outfit—she realized that what we were creating on stage for her, for all the dancers, was something really impactful,” says Rousteing. It clicked: Why not make a Beyoncé x Balmain collaboration that could make those poignant graphics available to all of Bey’s fans clamoring for a piece of history?

On Friday, July 13, Balmain will launch a three-piece Balmain x Beyoncé collection in its Paris flagship, with the items going on sale on balmain.com and beyonce.com the following day. Comprised of the yellow and pink sweatshirts Beyoncé wore on stage at Coachella, the collection also includes a black tee with the same sorority-inspired graphic.

“I worked really long with her on the Beychella moments, and the fact that we can release this collaboration that is based on our creativity, Beyoncé and I, is really a big, big step for fashion and music together,” continues the designer. “Beyoncé, she’s such a perfectionist; she’s someone that is so strong and has such a great point of view. She’s about feminism, empowering women, and the idea of bringing that collaboration where we can share the same ideas, the same vision of music, the same vision of fashion, the same vision of what is going on in the world, it’s more than just clothes. It’s a strong message, and I’m really proud to be a part of that.”

Beyonce showers Scotland's sick kids with gifts

June 13, 2018

Superstar Beyonce has showered gifts on some of Scotland’s sick kids through a charity campaigner who devotes his life to making children’s dreams come true.

Queen Bey and husband Jay-Z wowed thousands of fans at Hampden on Saturday night during their On the Run II world tour.

And the music icon decided she wanted to give something back to charities in Glasgow.

One was the John O’Byrne Foundation, who aim to put the smiles back on sick children’s faces.

The foundation were gifted eight pairs of specially-made shoes for Beyonce’s dance crew.

The donation also included a stunning crib for a baby, which John plans to give to a family in need.

John O’Bryne, who battles brittle bone disease, started the charity four years ago with £50.

He had three children at the gig on Saturday with their parents and will give each kid a pair of the shoes. He also plans to give a pair to a child who was too sick to make the concert.

Beyoncé and Jay-Z Launch BeyGOOD/Do Good Campaign

June 4, 2018

Beyoncé and Jay-Z have teamed up with two of the world's most prestigious youth-focused initiatives, The Prince's Trust and Global Citizen, to reward fans for being kind, charitable and doing good for others. Fans who volunteer through these organizations will be given the opportunity to win a pair of tickets to the United Kingdom and European dates on the OTR all stadium tour.

The BeyGOOD/DoGood campaign kicks off in the UK on June 6 in Cardiff, Wales, with The Prince's Trust, the youth charity founded by HRH The Prince of Wales in 1976, to help change young lives. Beyoncé also partnered with The Prince's Trust in 2014 during her solo Mrs. Carter Show World Tour.

Global Citizen continues the campaign in Europe starting on June 19 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. First launched in 2012, Global Citizen is an international advocacy organization working to end extreme poverty by 2030. In addition to performing twice at the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park, in New York City, Beyoncé has joined forces with Global Citizen through Gucci's CHIME FOR CHANGE with a focus on social issues faced by women and girls globally.

"The united efforts of BeyGOOD/DoGood, along with our amazing partners The Prince's Trust and Global Citizen, are calling upon you to lift your voices, lend your hands and share your creativity as active and positive forces for doing good," states Ivy McGregor, Director of Philanthropy (BeyGOOD) and Corporate Relations for Parkwood Entertainment. "Wherever you are and whatever skills, talents and resources you possess, are of value to others in your community, country and across the globe."

Beyoncé Partners With Google for Homecoming Scholars Award Program

April 23, 2018

Following the initial announcement of the Homecoming Scholars Award Program, Beyoncé through her BeyGOOD initiative has partnered with Google to announce more scholarships for the 2018-2019 academic year. Google.org will match her original $100,000 grant with scholarships to benefit four Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) including, Texas Southern University located in Beyoncé's hometown of Houston, Texas, Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, which is her father's alma mater, Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, and Grambling State University in Grambling, Louisiana.

A total of eight schools will now receive Homecoming Scholars awards for the 2018-2019 academic year, including the previously announced Universities: Xavier University of Louisiana, Wilberforce, Tuskegee, and Bethune-Cookman.

One winner from each school will receive $25K for the 2018-2019 academic year for study in various fields. This is the second year for a scholars program created by Beyoncé.

Click here to learn more.

Beyoncé Supports Figure Skating in Harlem

April 18, 2018

Beyoncé has amped up the visibility of her philanthropic work after her historic Coachella performance. On Monday, the singer revealed that she would be donating $100,000 of scholarship funds to HBCUs. The four schools included Xavier University, Wilberforce University, Bethune-Cookman University and Tuskegee University.

Bey is now using her activewear brand IVY PARK to help to empower young female figure skaters through the organization Figure Skating in Harlem. Through the collaboration, the young girls were gifted with product from the line to help encourage them to continue on in their sport.

FSHarlem was started by Sharon Cohen in 1997 as a means to give girls in the New York City community a space to participate. Figure skating can often times be exclusive to people of a certain class and demographics. Cohen believed that the discipline required to partake in figure skating would help to foster the tools needed to succeed in school and through college.

As a part of the campaign, the FSHarlem girls modeled the Spring line in a short film. Cohen says they were “in shock” when she revealed that they would be working for the pop star.

Beyoncé Announces Homecoming Scholars Award Program

April 16, 2018

Today, Beyoncé, through her BeyGOOD initiative, announces the four schools to receive the newly established Homecoming Scholars Award Program for the 2018-2019 academic year. The Universities, Xavier, Wilberforce, Tuskegee and Bethune-Cookman, are all Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). HBCUs are institutions of higher education in the United States that were established before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with the intention of primarily serving the African-American community.

On Saturday, April 14, Beyoncé made history at the 2018 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival by becoming the first Black woman to headline in the festival's 19-year run.

The jubilant set, housed on a pyramid stage with 150-plus cast members, dutifully in-sync, was the first time the icon returned to her home, the stage, in over one year.

The show, with its homage to excellence in education, was a celebration of the homecoming weekend experience, the highest display of college pride. The energy-filled production put the spotlight on art and culture, mixing the ancient and the modern, which resonated masterfully through the marching band, performance art, choir and dance. It was the impetus to mark her second scholarship program.

National Philanthropy Day

November 16, 2017

Beyonce posted on her Facebook page on National Philanthropy Day:

"Today is #NationalPhilanthropyDay and there are so many ways you can lend a hand to those in need. Visit beyonce.com/beygood to help."

Beyoncé’s Formation World Tour Hat Is Up for Sale

November 4, 2017

Beyoncé is auctioning the massive black hat she wore during her Formation World Tour behind Lemonade. The winner of the auction will receive the iconic, 10x8 inch felt hat signed by Beyoncé as well as a photograph of her wearing it. All proceeds from the auction will be donated to the the Lung Transplant Project. Find more information on it and place your bids here.

Facebook: International Day of the Girl

October 11, 2017

Today is #DayoftheGirl. Girls around the world are fighting for their freedom every day. Join me, Chime for Change, and The Global Goals by taking action for #FreedomForGirls now: www.globalgoals.org/dayofthegirl


UPDATE: Beyonce also posted about the campaign on Instagram:

"Support girls around the world to realize their dreams. For more information and to make a donation go to: www.globalgoals.org/dayofthegirl 🙏🏾 💕"

Beyoncé Drops 'Mi Gente' Remix for Natural-Disaster Relief

September 29, 2017

Beyoncé is fundraising for hurricane victims in the Caribbean in the most Beyoncé way ever: by dropping a surprise song.

The singer released a new remix Thursday to the reggaeton hit “Mi Gente” by Willy Williams and J Balvin. The remixed single features Beyoncé spitting a little bit of Spanish and dropping in a whole verse.

“I am donating my proceeds from this song to hurricane relief charities for Puerto Rico, Mexico and the other affected Caribbean islands,” she wrote.

She also linked back to the hurricane relief page of her website, which includes various ways people can donate to victims of hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Watch the video below, buy the song on iTunes and read the lyrics under the cut!


Hand in Hand: A Benefit For Hurricane Relief

September 13, 2017

During Tuesday night's Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief telethon, Beyoncé appeared to make an emotional plea for viewers to call in and donate to the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Beyoncé, whose hometown of Houston was hit hardest by Hurricane Harvey last week, gave a powerful speech about the importance of coming together to help those who were affected.

You can donate to Hand In Hand hurricane relief efforts on handinhand2017.com.

Beyoncé Meets With Hurricane Harvey Victims in Houston

September 10, 2017

Beyoncé returned home to Houston on Friday and joined the survivors of Hurricane Harvey at her home church, St. John’s United Methodist Church, with Senior Pastor, Rudy Rasmus - affectionately known to the global community as Pastor Rudy.

Joining Pastor Rudy and Beyoncé were her mother Tina Knowles Lawson, daughter Blue Ivy and bandmate Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child, among others who were on hand to provide support and aid to the victims of Hurricane Harvey, which has profoundly impacted the region.

The Houston native thanked everyone who donated on her Instagram: "Thanks to everyone who donated to BeyGOOD and contributed to helping so many families in Houston. Thank you Pastor Rudy, Michelle, Ingrid and all at St. John's Church. Thank you to Trae Tha Truth and your crew. Y'all are so consistently dedicated to our community. Thank you!! There is still work to do so please continue to donate and do all you can to restore our city."




Beyoncé set for 'Hand in Hand' telethon

September 6, 2017

Celebrities are not finished helping the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

Beyoncé, Oprah Winfrey, and Reese Witherspoon are among those set to participate in a multi-network telethon, Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Harvey Relief, to assist those affected by the devastating storm. Hand in Hand will air Sept. 12 at 8 p.m. (live ET/delayed PT) on ABC, CBS, CMT, FOX and NBC.

Houston native rapper Bun B teamed up with SB Projects founder Scooter Braun to present Hand in Hand, a one-hour special based in Los Angeles "with stages in New York, Nashville and a special performance by Country Music icon and Texas native George Strait from his San Antonio benefit concert."

George Clooney, Karlie Kloss, Matthew McConaughey, Julia Roberts, Kelly Rowland, Blake Shelton, Barbra Streisand and more also are set to participate.

Proceeds from the telethon will benefit United Way of Greater Houston, Habitat for Humanity, Save the Children and more organizations.

Beyoncé Launches Hurricane Harvey Fundraiser

August 31, 2017

Beyoncé has launched a new initiative through her BeyGOOD Foundation to raise funds for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. On a new page of her website, she asks fans to donate to Bread of Life and Greater Houston Community Foundation, two local organizations that “have been working with the displaced from the start of Hurricane Harvey's landfall.” Donations will be put towards “long-term revitalization” as well as the purchasing of various immediate needs for victims of the storm, including cots, baby products, wheelchairs, and more.

Learn more and donate here.

Beyonce's Pastor Says She Gives a Lot But Without the Fanfare

August 30, 2017

Beyonce doesn't name names or drop dollar amounts, but she's still having a huge impact in Houston ... with the help of her longtime pastor.

Rev. Rudy Rasmus from St. John's United Methodist Church told TMZ how he and Bey are mobilizing to help Hurricane Harvey victims, but added she commonly keeps her charitable efforts undercover. Might sound weird, but he says Beyonce's just not flashy ... that way.

Remember, Kevin Hart called out Bey and Jay-Z to donate to $25k. There are also rumors she's already given $7 million, but Pastor Rudy -- who performed the Carters' wedding -- says don't expect her to confirm any of that.

As for what he and Bey are doing for evacuees ... he explained what Houston's going to need most in the coming days.

Beyoncé pledges to help with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts

August 29, 2017

Beyoncé has pledged to do her part to help Hurricane Harvey victims.

The Houston native released an exclusive statement Monday afternoon to the Chronicle regarding the devastating effects still being felt throughout the city.

"My heart goes out to my hometown, Houston, and I remain in constant prayer for those affected and for the rescuers who have been so brave and determined to do so much to help," she said.

"I am working closely with my team at BeyGOOD as well as my pastor (Rudy Rasmus at St. John's in downtown Houston) to implement a plan to help as many as we can."

BeyGOOD, launched in 2013 during the Mrs. Carter World Tour, is a philanthropic effort that partners with global charity organizations to get people employed and provide clothing, counseling, housing, food and medical assistance.

Beyoncé posted a black and white photo on Instagram of herself holding the Texas flag with the caption, "Texas you are in my prayers." In less than a day it's received more than 1 million likes.

Beyoncé launches BEYGOOD4BURUNDI

June 30, 2017

Beyoncé's BEYGOOD4BURUNDI and UNICEF have joined forces to help bring safe water to the most vulnerable women and children in the "Heart of Africa." Burundi is one of the most densely populated countries in Africa with nearly half of the population lacking access to clean, safe drinking water.

With your help, nearly half a million people will gain access to safe water, as BEYGOOD4BURUNDI and UNICEF will support building water supply systems for healthcare facilities and schools, and the drilling of boreholes, wells and springs to bring safe water to districts.

Go to www.beyonce.com/beygood4burundi to find out more.

Wearable Art Gala

April 30, 2017

Last night Beyonce attended the Wearable Art Gala in Los Angeles. The singer auctioned off an autographed gold-plated microphone from the Formation World Tour. She congratulated her mother on creating the event on Instagram:

"I am super proud of my beautiful mother for creating such an awesome event. Close to $1 million was raised for The WACO Theater Center to benefit young people through their mentorship programs and the arts. Mom, you inspire us all to be generous, selfless, positive, to have empathy, to love and to praise creativity in the world. It brought tears to my eyes to be a witness to what you and Richard have created together. WACO is a safe place truly Where Art Can Occur. I love you."




Beyoncé Announces 'Formation Scholars' Program

April 26, 2017

To add to the celebration of the one-year anniversary of LEMONADE, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter announces the establishment of Formation Scholars awards for the 2017-2018 academic year, to encourage and support young women who are unafraid to think outside the box and are bold, creative, conscious and confident.

Four scholarships will be awarded, one per college, to female incoming, current or graduate students pursuing studies in creative arts, music, literature or African-American studies. The schools selected for participation are Berklee College of Music, Howard University, Parsons School of Design and Spelman College. All details and application deadlines are available directly from the colleges.

Beyonce FaceTimes With Teen Fighting Cancer

March 23, 2017

Beyoncé made a sick teenager's dream come true when she FaceTimed with the girl, who is battling cancer, on Wednesday, March 22.

Ebony Banks, whose nickname is Ebob, has spent most of her senior year in the hospital after being diagnosed with a rare form of stage IV cancer, and her biggest wish was to meet Beyoncé.

"She's like my everything and my idol," Ebony told KHOU. "And if I ever met her, I would probably pass out."

So her classmates and family started a social media campaign to make that dream come true. They shared messages with the hashtag #ebobmeetsbeyonce, which got thousands of retweets.

"Beyoncé is one of her idols," Karina Gutierrez, a sophomore at Alief Hastings High School, told ABC13. "She admires her so much, so we're trying to put that on Twitter and Instagram to get Beyoncé's attention."

It worked, Queen Bey got the message and made a FaceTime call to the Houston-based teen on Wednesday.

A short video of their meeting was shared on social media and shows the pregnant Grammy winner smiling and waving and telling Ebony "I love you" as the teen, who is lying in a hospital bed, says the same thing to her.


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Sunday is World Humanitarian Day--a day people around the world are asked to perform a humanitarian action--however big or small--in the spirit of people helping others--"doing something good, somewhere, for someone else."

And with a little help from Beyoncé, organizers of the global event say they made some social media history, too, inspiring more than more than 1 billion messages on Twitter, Facebook and other platforms.

"This could arguably be the largest mobilization of good intention in web history, an amazing coming together of celebrity, brands and NGOs," Andrew Essex--chief executive of Droga5, which helped organize the event--told Yahoo News on Sunday. "Think of it as 'We Are The World' for the social media generation."

Droga said the campaign reached its billion-message goal--1,029,763,492 to be exact--with 20 minutes to spare.

The campaign's website launched earlier this month, collecting pledges and messages from would-be do-gooders, soliciting ideas ("Make a homeless person a sandwich") and encouraging visitors to spread the word using the #IWasHere hashtag.

And Beyoncé, who shot a new music video at the United Nations specifically for the campaign, told Anderson Cooper her goal was to encourage the spread of "positivity no matter how big or how small." The music video--for Beyoncé's "I Was Here"--was released on Saturday. (It didn't hurt that Beyoncé tweeted about the initiative to her 5 million followers, changing her Twitter avatar to promote the event.)

World Humanitarian Day was designated by the U.N. General Assembly in 2009 to coincide with the anniversary of the 2003 bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, which killed 22 U.N. staffers.
The world premiere of "I Was Here" - Filmed in front of a live audience at the UN General Assembly for World Humanitarian Day.

CO-DIRECTORS: KENZO DIGITAL AND SOPHIE MULLER
PRODUCED BY DROGA5 AND RSA FILMS (Animation by Dirt Empire NYC)
LOCATION: GENERAL ASSEMBLY HALL, UNITED NATIONS, NEW YORK, USA
DATE: AUGUST 10TH 2012
LABEL: Parkwood Entertainment/Sony Music Entertainment

Add your voice, Leave your mark - www.whd-iwashere.org

August 16, 2012

10 Good Deeds

How can you get involved on August 19th? - here are 10 ideas straight from Beyoncé to you.

1. Offer your ear to someone in need
2. Bring flowers to a friend who's been feeling down or sick
3. Raise money for a local charity
4. Rescue an animal from your local shelter
5. Compliment a complete stranger
6. Volunteer in a local soup kitchen
7. Take a friend's children out for the day
8. Offer your seat to someone who needs it
9. Visit a local hospital on a holiday
10. Tell three friends about WHD
Beyonce’s spokesperson is responding to the allegation reportedly leveled by legendary singer Harry Belafonte that she doesn’t do enough to help the world with her star power. Beyonce recently paid a visit to the United Nations in New York City to help mark World Humanitarian Day on August 19 and pay homage to the work done by humanitarian workers. The singer also shot a music video for her song “I Was Here”; the clip will be released on August 19. Earlier this month, Beyonce and her husband Jay-Z were criticized by Belafonte for not doing enough social good with their celebrity status. Belafonte reportedly told the Hollywood Reporter “It is sad. And I think one of the great abuses of this modern time is that we should have had such high-profile artists, powerful celebrities. But they have turned their back on social responsibility. That goes for Jay-Z and Beyonce, for example. Give me Bruce Springsteen, and now you’re talking. I really think he is black.” Belafonte didn’t immediately return the Journal’s request for a comment. In response to Belafonte’s words, Beyonce’s representative emailed what she called “An abbreviated list of the unselfish work Beyoncé has done and continues to do.” The list included co-founding The Survivor Foundation “a multi-purpose community outreach facility in downtown Houston”; donating “100K in 2008 to the Gulf Coast Ike Relief Fund to aid Texas victims of Hurricane Ike”; performing in “MTV’s Hope For Haiti Now! Benefit in addition to making a generous monetary donation,” among many other charitable activities.
"Is this what happens at the U.N. every Friday night?" Anderson Cooper jokingly asked the crowd seated in the General Assembly Hall of the United Nations on Friday (August 10). "Because, I've gotta tell you ... I wanna be here every Friday night if this goes on."

The news anchor was referring to members of the organization and their invited guests who were gathered for a special event leading up to World Humanitarian Day, quickly approaching on Saturday. Cooper, himself a humanitarian in many respects, was on hand to host a series of interviews with local and international humanitarians that would eventually lead into a performance from Beyoncé.

The 30-year-old star had appeared at the United Nations earlier in the day, where she rehearsed her performance of "I Was Here" and met with members of the United Nations. Now, at 8 p.m. ET on Friday night, Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson made his way to the stage welcoming everyone to the General Assembly Hall and giving an early introduction of Beyoncé.

"Tonight brings more than her stunning talents; she brings inspiration to help another person, to help another human being," he told the crowd, going on to describe "I Was Here" as a "profound and moving song." When he slipped on the title for a second, calling the song "I Was There," it became evident that there were some Bey stans in the audience. They quickly corrected him and joined him in laughing it off, while he added, "in fact 'here' and 'there' is the same thing — that's solidarity."


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International star Beyoncé, the United Nations and humanitarian aid organizations are launching a global campaign today to shine a spotlight on humanitarian work and encourage people around the world to get involved by doing something good for others. World Humanitarian Day is a global day to celebrate humanity and the spirit of people helping people. The World Humanitarian Day music video for Beyoncé’s song “I Was Here” will be filmed in the UN General Assembly Hall in New York in front of a live audience. It will be released globally on 19 August. Beyoncé and songwriter Diane Warren are donating the video to the campaign. “World Humanitarian Day celebrates humanitarian work,” said Valerie Amos, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs. “I hope everyone will pledge to complete at least one humanitarian action - however great or small - through www.whdiwashere.org. Together we can create an unprecedented awareness of the plight of people affected by crises around the world.” The campaign website, which is launched today, provides everyone with an opportunity to unite and share his or her individual acts of good. On 19 August, the campaign aims to reach 1 billion people in a day with a single message. “We all see the headlines and we think what can I really do to help?”, said Beyoncé. “World Humanitarian Day is an opportunity for all of us to work together to make a difference. This is our time to leave our mark on the world and show that we were here and we care.” The campaign is launched in collaboration with award-winning advertising agency Droga5, the UN humanitarian arm’s lead agency for special projects. Production company Ridley Scott & Associates and directors Kenzo Digital and Sophie Muller will help bring the initiative to life. “There are few forces for good as extensive and important as the United Nations,” said David Droga, Founder and Creative Chairman, Droga5. “Being able to work with them and other global aid organizations for World Humanitarian Day is a humbling and extraordinary opportunity.”
On the 19th of August 2012 we rise together - for each other.

Do one thing. Nothing is too small. Do one thing for another human being.

1. Visit www.whd-iwashere.org

2. Click on “Show Your Support”.

3. Choose to support World Humanitarian Day via Twitter, Facebook or both, and get the word out to your friends and followers.

4. Continue tweeting and posting in the lead-up to 19 August.

5. On 19 August, make your mark by doing something in your local community, and watch as everyone’s World Humanitarian Day messages are simultaneously shared around the world.

This begins with each of us. Make your mark and say, 'I WAS HERE'.

And together, on August 19th, we’ll make our stories known.

Much love,

B
Beyoncé, Coldplay and Eminem will feature on a new charity compilation, it has been announced. Rhythms Del Mundo: Africa contains African remixes of well-known tracks in aid of Artists Project Earth (APE). The UK-based charity helps raise awareness of climate change and funds for disaster relief efforts. The record will also feature the likes of Mumford & Sons, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Plan B, REM, Fleet Foxes and Bruno Mars. It's the fourth compilation in the Rhythms Del Mundo series, which has seen previous releases including Cuba, Classics and Revival. The tracklisting for Rhythms Del Mundo: Africa, which is available to pre-order now, is as follows:

Coldplay - 'Viva la Vida'
Beyoncé - 'I Miss You'
Eminem and TS1 - 'I'm Not Afraid'
Bruno Mars - 'Grenade'
Plan B - 'She Said'
Cee Lo Green - 'Crazy'
Red Hot Chili Peppers - 'Under the Bridge'
Mumford & Sons - 'Timshel'
Shanade - 'I Am Because'
Aloe Blacc - 'I Need a Dollar'
REM w. Ali Farka Touré Band - 'Losing My Religion'
Fleet Foxes - 'Mykonos'
Rokia Traoré - 'Is This Love'

Hear a preview of Rhythms Del Mundo: Africa below: Read more...
About a month after Whitney Houston's death, her namesake school in East Orange has received donations totaling $39,568 in honor of the late popstar. The biggest single check came in from Sony Music for $25,000, according to Felicie Desroches, an accountant in the district business administrator's office. Jay-Z and Beyonce made the second largest contribution — $10,000 — to the school. The check came from Shawn Carter, Jay-Z's birth name, and listed a Miami address, Desroches said. She said a typed note on memo line of the check stated, "On behalf of Jay-Z and Beyonce." Late last year, the celebrity couple were reportedly scoping out real estate on Miami Beach - a $12.5 million mansion that previously was Ricky Martin's pad. Principal Henry Hamilton said he plans to use the money to set up a college fund for students and to update the school's perfoming arts equipment. Just days after Houston died, her family requested that all donations be directed to Whitney E. Houston Academy, an unassuming brick front school on Dodd Street in East Orange that focuses on the performing arts. Houston, 48, was found dead at a hotel in Beverly Hills on Feb. 11. The donations are being put into a separate bank account for the school, which has about 420 students in grades pre-kindergarten to eight.
New parents Jay-Z and Beyonce Knowles are donating their baby gifts to charity. The superstar couple have been inundated with presents since welcoming their daughter Blue Ivy into the world on Saturday (07.01.12) and while they are very grateful they want to give the majority of items to those less fortunate. A source said: "They've been sent literally hundreds of gifts in the past few days. Oprah Winfrey gave a huge trunk of children's books and others like P. Diddy, Kanye West, Rihanna and Mariah Carey have all been sending luxurious baby treats. "Jay-Z and Beyonce have decided to donate a massive selection of the presents to local charities for young mothers. They've already got the most precious gift - their new baby daughter - so they want to help out other parents who haven't been as fortunate." However, there is one item the couple want to keep for their daughter - a diamond-encrusted dummy. The source added to the Daily Star newspaper: "A close friend of theirs in the music industry gave them a diamond-encrusted Cartier dummy - it must have cost $20,000. Blue has officially got her first piece of bling!"
Talk about do-gooders! Beyoncé and Jay-Z were "very cute and affectionate" at the rapper's carnival-themed fundraiser for his Shawn Carter Foundation at New York's Pier 54. The rapper arrived first, but later met his pregnant wife at the Spotted Pig's food truck, where they ate sliders. Next, Beyoncé grabbed a seat at a picnic table and watched as her hubby threw darts with Alex Rodriguez. Guests at the high-end bash sipped Armand de Brignac Champagne, played carnival games and enjoyed the high-end treats provided by Spotted Pig and Momofuku Milk Bar. In the end, the event raised $1 million toward sending underprivileged students to college.
Michelle Obama's 'Dougie Dance' delighted school kids during her recent visit to a Washington School, reports ABC News. Michelle Obama was promoting her 'Let's Move Campaign' to fight childhood obesity when she unexpectedly launched into a version of the latest dance craze. The First Lady led by example at 'Alice Deal Middle School' in the nation's capital, dancing a series of steps as Beyonce's 'Move Your Body' blasted over the sound-system. Obama demonstrated an old school 'running man' before delighting the field of students with her 'Dougie'. Speaking about her 'dancing influences' to ABC News, the First Lady said, "Beyoncé is one of my favorite performers on the planet. And when she agreed to remake her video and do this Let's Move flash workout, I was so excited, because this is what we've been talking about, that exercise and moving can be fun". Obama launched the campaign back in 2010 but was immediately criticised by the right-wing political commentator Glenn Beck who proclaimed, "Get away from my french fries, Mrs. Obama. The first politician that comes up to me with a carrot stick, I've got a place for it and it's not in my tummy". Beyonce, a keen supporter of Michelle Obama's 'Let's Move Campaign', made a surprise visit to a middle school in Harlem, New York, this week. The superstar singer taught kids the moves from her 'Move Your Body' video. Read more...
Beyonce surprises students at PS/MS 161 in Harlem as part of First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" initiative to fight childhood obesity. The students were dancing to "Move Your Body," which the singer recorded for the initiative. Middle School students from around the country were participating in the four-minute flash dance routine simultaneously 1:42 pm EST on May 3, 2011 in New York City.