In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, ‘Talk That Talk’ co-stars Jay-Z and Rihanna are turning their words into action.
The Roc Nation superstars are no strangers to collaborations over the years and – despite rumored tension over Jay’s Super Bowl deal (click here to read more) – it looks like they intend to keep their united efforts flowing.
Donating $1 million each via their respective charitable institutions (Shawn Carter Foundation and Clara Lionel Foundation), Jay and Rih’s funds will reportedly go straight to the financial support of healthcare workers, first responders, elderly and homeless people, and more in the in New York and Los Angeles areas.
The Shawn Carter Foundation took to Twitter to make the announcement.
Expanding on the revelation, reps from each camp issued official statements.
“In times of crisis it is imperative that we come together as one community to ensure that everyone, especially the most vulnerable, has access to critical needs: shelter, health, nutrition, and education,” said Jay’s mom, Gloria Carter, who also serves as CEO of the Shawn Carter Foundation. “The only way to get through this pandemic is with love and action.”
Justine Lucas, executive director of the Clara Lionel Foundation, echoed Gloria’s sentiment.
“There are a number of populations who are especially vulnerable during this pandemic — those who are undocumented, incarcerated, elderly and homeless, as well as children of frontline health workers and first responders. Now more than ever, we need to support organizations prioritizing the health and rights of these individuals.”
The generous combined contribution to combating COVID-19 came just a week after Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation announced a $5 million donation to similar relief efforts around the globe. Click here to read more about that.