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7 Celebrities Using Their Platforms For a Good Cause

By Zaida Diaz

In the wake of devastating natural disasters affecting families around the world and more recently the tragic news of the deadly Las Vegas mass shooting, it’s somewhat relieving to see that people are stepping up to help. Here are some ways celebrities are using their platforms to aid those affected.

The Carters

Last month Beyonce visited her hometown Houston, Texas to serve meals and hand out other essentials to Hurricane Harvey victims. Meanwhile Jay Z’s music service, TIDAL, has teamed up with New York governor Andrew Cuomo’s Empire State Relief and Recovery Effort to send large cargo planes filled with supplies to Puerto Rico to help those affected by Hurricane Maria. TIDAL also announced their third annual benefit concert, TIDAL X BROOKLYN, which is set to feature guest performances by JAY-Z, Jennifer Lopez, Joey Bada$$ and many more on Oct. 17th at Barclays Center in New York. All net proceeds will be donated to natural disaster relief and recovery organizations.

Donations can also be made here.

SZA

The TDE songstress has been using the remaining stops of her ‘Ctrl’ tour to help collect necessities for Hurricane victims. She’s asked her fans to donate non-perishable foods, toiletries, baby products (among other items) for a chance to sit down with her after the show.

Salma Hayek

The actress-producer launched a Crowdrise project for UNICEF with her own contribution of $100K. As of today the campaign has managed to raise over $700K for victims and those affected by the deadly earthquake in Mexico City.

Support UNICEF’s relief efforts in Mexico here.

Lin-Manuel Miranda

The award-winning playwright collected supplies for Puerto Rico in Washington Heights Saturday. In addition to helping collect resources, Miranda released the star-studded benefit song, “Almost Like Praying” for Puerto Rico. All proceeds made from the song’s sale will be provided to The Hispanic Federation in order to help victims of Hurricane Maria.

Steve Aoki & Diplo

While Diplo made a noteworthy donation of $1000K to the Las Vegas Victims’ Fund created by Las Vegas Clark County Commission Chair Steve Sisolak, Steve Aoki will send all proceeds from his limited edition Vision Street Wear t-shirt to the GoFundeMe account. Steve Sisolak’s fund has already raised $10 million of its overall $15 million goal.

Go here to help the Las Vegas Victims’ Fund reach their goal.

It’s times like these that industry leaders can really affect change in order to bring about social good and we’re glad to see so many take action.
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