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Celebrating Black Artists and Their Philanthropies 🎉

Updated: Jun 29, 2022

Written by: Abbie Alonzo


Today, we look beyond the music of some of our favorite artists. Offstage, these musicians are truly doing their part to help people around the world in many different ways. From Rihanna to Lil Nas X, find out how your favorite artist is helping to make the world a better place! 🌍


Chance the Rapper

Chicago native Chance the Rapper has been giving back to his hometown since 2016 when he founded SocialWorks. SocialWorks is an organization that partners directly with

Chicago Public Schools to encourage arts and education among Chicago’s youth. The operation has programs that focus on education, mental health, homelessness, and performing and literary arts. The goal of the institution is “to inspire creativity, build dreams, and advocate for youth success in all its forms.” SocialWorks features five different enterprises: OpenMike, Warmest Winter, Kids of the Kingdom, The New Chance: Arts & Literature Fund, and My State of Mind. OpenMike is an opportunity for high school students to showcase their talents at the famous Harold Washington Library in Chicago. Warmest Winter supports those experiencing homelessness through service, donations and events. Kids of the Kingdom promotes performing and literary arts among students ages 5-13. My State of Mind provides mental health resources to those in Cook County, Illinois. The last initiative Chance has undertaken is The New Chance: Arts & Literature Fund. This fund now aids nearly 40 schools throughout Chicago. 📚


Rihanna

Chance the Rapper is not the only hometown philanthropist, though! Rihanna started The Clara Lionel Foundation in 2012. Named for her grandparents, this foundation initially began when Rihanna donated modern medical equipment to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in her hometown of Bridgetown, Barbados. Since then, the foundation has expanded worldwide and serves many countries. She has raised upwards of $50 million for people worldwide suffering from HIV/AIDS, as well as provided relief to Haiti, the Bahamas, and the Philippines after they were hit by natural disasters. Through this foundation, Rihanna has also raised $2.3 billion for worldwide education advocacy! These funds went towards assistance for 870 million children in 89 countries! Even more recently, CLF and partnering organizations raised more than $36 million to support 45 organizations working on the COVID-19 response in 14 countries! Rihanna has been named a national hero and Ambassador of Barbados and continues to make a difference in every life she touches! ✨


Megan Thee Stallion

Another passionate philanthropist is the one and only, Megan Thee Stallion. In 2020, she made a large donation to an assisted living facility in her hometown of Houston, Texas. The beginning of the coronavirus pandemic saw many people falling on hard times, and the rapper wanted to aid her community as much as she could. A recent graduate from Texas Southern University, Megan received a degree in health administration, which she hopes to use to open