Big Sean has teamed up with Rihanna, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and other funders to donate $3.2 million to COVID-19 relief efforts in Detroit and Flint, Michigan. The money will be given to community-based organizations assisting in food distribution, bail relief, temporary shelter and social support services.
Sean’s donations were made through his Sean Anderson Foundation, which has been supporting multiple causes in his home state of Michigan since 2012. As for Rihanna, her Clara Lionel Foundation has now raised more than $20 million for COVID-19 relief.
“I personally want to thank Rihanna and her Clara Lionel Foundation and Jack Dorsey’s Start Small Fund for stepping up to help groups in Detroit and Flint on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer said in a press release. “This generous gift will give these essential nonprofits much-needed resources to help address the needs of those impacted most by COVID-19.”
According to Michigan health officials, Detroit has 9,648 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 1,154 reported deaths as of Friday (May 8). Genesee County, where Flint is located, has 1,739 cases with a death toll of 214.
Michigan’s statewide total of coronavirus cases is 46,326. 4,393 people have died after contracting the virus.
The following organizations will receive funds from the $3.2 million donated by the Clara Lionel Foundation, Sean Anderson Foundation and others:
Wayne Metro Community Action Agency, Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan, Detroit Coordinated Access Model Program (CAM), Freedom House, Flint Metro Community Project, Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, Community Foundation of Greater Flint, Carriage Town Ministries, Catholic Charities, My Brother’s Keeper, the Shelter of Flint, Ennis Center, Samaritas, the YWCA Safe House, Serenity House of Flint, Food Bank Council of Michigan, Genesee County Youth Corp, the Bail Project and the Center for Popular Democracy.
Hip Hop has stepped up during the pandemic with many artists contributing to their hometown communities. Eminem recently donated “Mom’s Spaghetti” to local Detroit healthcare workers, JAY-Z and Rihanna’s foundation donated $2 million towards COVID-19 relief efforts, Lil Durk handed out meals to frontline workers in Chicago, Killer Mike and T.I. are distributing 1,000 meals each week to families in need in the Atlanta area and Diddy has hosted multiple virtual town-halls to discuss pressing issues during the pandemic.