While President Donald Trump gets criticized for his slow response to the plight of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria decimated the American territory, many in the Hip Hop community have stepped up to help. Included among them are Rihanna, Pitbull, Jennifer Lopez, Fat Joe and Common.
Rihanna called out the President on Twitter and Instagram this week by mentioning him in tweets concerning Puerto Rico, since it appeared he was more concerned with the issue of NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem.
Rih attempted to divert Trump’s attention to Puerto Rico by mentioning him in several tweets about the devastation that hit the island’s 3.4 million inhabitants. In one tweet, the Bajan singer mentioned Trump in a clip showing how much damage the hurricane did.
Hurricane Maria made landfall on the island last Wednesday (September 20) and is reportedly the worst hurricane to hit the territory in over 90 years. It is also the second hurricane to hit Puerto Rico this month (Hurricane Irma skirted by earlier in September).
— Rihanna (@rihanna) September 28, 2017
— Rihanna (@rihanna) September 26, 2017
— Rihanna (@rihanna) September 27, 2017
— CBS News (@CBSNews) September 26, 2017
Fellow Boricua Jennifer Lopez is donating $1 million of the money she earned from her Las Vegas shows to provide relief to Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. She also launched a GoFundMe for a new initiative called Somos Una Voz (We Are One Voice) with her ex-husband Marc Anthony. The initiative is described as an alliance among industry heavyweights to help Puerto Rico recover. Somos Una Voz has raised over $100,000 so far and is slated to benefit American Red Cross, Reach Out Worldwide, United Way and United For Puerto Rico.
NOTICIAS: (Miami, FL – 27 de septiembre de 2017) – Marc Anthony y Jennifer Lopez anunciaron hoy la creación de “SOMOS UNA VOZ”, una iniciativa de ayuda humanitaria en alianza con algunas de las figuras más relevantes del mundo de las artes y el entretenimiento y los deportes. Con más de 1 billón de seguidores en sus plataformas de medios sociales para ayudar a regar la voz y generar conciencia sobre las necesidades existentes para los damnificados, los miembros de la alianza de “SOMOS UNA VOZ,” están trabajando juntos para llevar agua, refugio, medicinas, generadores y comunicaciones a las áreas afectadas. ALEJANDRO FERNANDEZ, ALEJANDRO SANZ, ALEX RODRIGUEZ, ALEX SENSATION, BRUNO MARS, CAMILA, CHAYANNE, DADDY YANKEE, ED SHEERAN, EDWARD NORTON, ENRIQUE SANTOS, FAT JOE, FONSECA, GENTE DE ZONA, GLORIA TREVI, J BALVIN, JADA PINKETT SMITH, JESSE & JOY, JIMMY SMITS, JOHN LEGUIZAMO, JUAN LUIS GUERRA, KANY GARCIA, LIN MANUEL MIRANDA, LUIS FONSI, MALUMA, MAGIC!, MARIO DOMM, MOTIFF, NACHO, NARCISO RODRIGUEZ, NICKY JAM, PAUL SIMON, PITBULL, PRINCE ROYCE, RICKY MARTIN, ROMEO SANTOS, VIN DIESEL Y YANDEL son algunos de los miembros del poderoso grupo. Para más información de cómo donar a la campaña GoFundMe, “SOMOS UNA VOZ” visita: somosunavoz.com Los fondos recaudados serán distribuidos entre los siguientes grupos: American Red Cross, Reach Out Worldwide, United Way y Unidos Por #PuertoRico, entre otros. Sobre SOMOS UNA VOZ: “SOMOS UNA VOZ”, artistas al rescate es una alianza de artistas liderada por Marc Anthony y Jennifer Lopez unidos con la misión de utilizar sus recursos e influencia para llevar ayuda a las comunidades que están sufriendo a consecuencia de los más recientes desastres naturales.
Pitbull sent his own private plane to the U.S. territory to transport cancer patients to the mainland so they could continue necessary treatments and chemotherapy.
Puerto Rico is still in dire need of help. The massive 50-mile-wide hurricane knocked out the entire island’s power grid and a week later, a majority of homes are still without electricity. Gasoline is scarce and there is barely any clean drinking water.
On Thursday morning (September 28), a statement announced that Trump had temporarily waived the Jones Act, which requires all goods shipped between U.S. ports to be on ships built, owned and operated by America. He stated the previous day that he was getting pushback from the shipping industry about waiving the act, which was slowing relief efforts. “A lot of people that work in the shipping industry … don’t want the Jones Act lifted,” he said. “And we have a lot of ships out there right now.”
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) September 28, 2017
Puerto Rico is currently getting help from the U.S. government through FEMA. It’s estimated the hurricane has caused between $40 billion to $85 billion in damages, mostly in Puerto Rico, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.
See more social media posts from members of the music community supporting and spreading the word on how to help out Puerto Rico below.
— COMMON (@common) September 28, 2017
Pray for Puerto Rico and every where affected by these disasters gos is always great
— FAT JOE (@fatjoe) September 22, 2017
— Lauren Jauregui (@LaurenJauregui) September 27, 2017
Would be happy to help you bring the aid 🙏🏻 https://t.co/R42rWBTX7o
— Daddy Yankee (@daddy_yankee) September 28, 2017
I’ve set up a @YouCaring page to aid the relief efforts in Puerto Rico. We need your help in this fight.
— Carmelo Anthony (@carmeloanthony) September 22, 2017
— LA LA (@lala) September 25, 2017
— Ricky Martin (@ricky_martin) September 22, 2017
— Yandel (@yandeloficial) September 23, 2017
Hurricane Hotline numbers for Puerto Rico to help and check on family and friends: 🇵🇷
(202) 778 0710
(877) 972-2400 pic.twitter.com/du4aBaxG6s
— MAXWELL (@_MAXWELL_) September 21, 2017
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) September 26, 2017