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Cardi B and Fat Joe Step in to Help Victims of Bronx Fire

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Cardi B and Fat Joe represent for the Bronx in a major way.

Only 9 days into the New Year, a high rise fire would strike an apartment building at the Twin Parks North West in the Bronx of New York, killing 17 people. Sadly, 8 of those individuals would be children.

Overall, 44 people were injured from the fire and many took to social media to ask for help as many are houseless, some are even the last of their family following the deadly fire.

After hearing the devastating news, Cardi B stepped in to help cover the cost of funeral and burials for the victims of the tragedy. “I cannot begin to imagine the pain and anguish that the families of the victims are experiencing, but I hope that not having to worry about the costs associated with burying their loved ones will help as they move forward and heal,” Cardi B stated.  “I send my prayers and condolences to everyone affected by this horrific tragedy.”

Cardi B will be partnering with The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City to cover the expenses for the families.

Along with Cardi B, Fat Joe would also collaborate with The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City to provide a relief fund for victims who were impacted by the fire, getting support from Roc Nation who posted the link to Joe’s aid on their website.

“No matter where I go in the world or what I achieve, I could never forget my community,” Fat Joe stated. “I had to react, but I couldn’t do it on my own.” Fat Joe’s efforts raised 1 million dollars along with the help of other celebrities such as Jay-Z and Dj Khaled.

Although Fat Joe raised 1 million dollars, the “Lean Back” rapper shared with Pix11 that he plans on continuing to do what he can to support the victims of the Bronx fire.

“We have so much more to raise,” he stated. “These people have real lifelong issues with emotional [and] mental distress.”

Our hearts and prayers are with the victims of the tragic Bronx fire.

Check out the video below to hear Fat Joe’s explanation as to why he felt he needed to get involved.

Anyone interested in donating to help the victims of the fire can click here.

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George Floyd’s 4-year-old Niece In Stable Condition After Being Shot

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George Floyd’s niece Arianna Delane is finally recovering after being shot on January 1.

On New Year’s Day, 4-year-old Delane, who was identified as the niece of George Floyd, got rushed to a Houston hospital after several shots were fired in her home.

The shooting happened on Houston’s south side just before 3 a.m. at an apartment complex located on the 3300 block of Yellowstone Boulevard.

Houston police said at least one person fired several shots into the apartment where four adults and two children were inside.

A family friend said Floyd’s niece, Arianna suffered a punctured lung, punctured liver and three broken ribs. She is still in the hospital. She underwent surgery and is now recovering. The family member said Arianna walked Tuesday for the first time since being shot.

ON Tuesday afternoon, Houston Police Chief Troy Finner released a statement regarding an investigation about the incident.

“The investigation into the senseless shooting of the 4-year-old female at 3322 Yellowstone Boulevard on Saturday morning (January 1) continues to move forward.

I am aware and have concerns regarding the delayed response time in this incident and have initiated an Internal Affairs investigation. I ask the city to continue to pray for the child’s full recovery and assist in providing information that would lead to the arrest of the suspect or suspects responsible.”

So far, investigators says there no suspect description or motive in the shooting.

George Floyd was a Black man and a victim of police brutality as he was killed in police custody on May 25. Floyd was 46-years-old.

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[WATCH] 11-Year-Old Rapper Makes “Miss You” Video For His Dead Homies

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A young, Shreveport, Louisiana rapper has used his talents to show love to his friends who have fell victim to gun violence and the age of the rapper coupled with the content of his music have created an emotionally viral moment.

Ray Da Yungin made the song and visuals for “Miss You” in memory of his one of his closest friends, 12-year-old Xavier Perry, who was shot and killed last month. What makes this so impactful is that Ray comes from the state with one of the highest homicide rates in the country. The video resonated so well in his community, Ray was requested for an interview with local news station called KLFY to talk about the video.

“If people just put the guns down and stopped the violence, people could do more than what they’re already doing,” said Ray Da Yungin.

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Travis Scott’s Cactus Jack Foundation Provides Toys to Kids in Houston for Christmas

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Travis Scott and his Cactus Jack Foundation served his hometown, delivering toys to 2,000 kids in Houston. The gifts will be provided to six Houston Housing Authority complexes throughout the city, according to TMZ.

Families visited various distribution locations throughout the week. The toy drive was successful despite reports of toys being stolen from a local church earlier in the month.

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Goodr And Gunna To Host $100,000 Gift Card Giveaway At College Park Walmart

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Walmart shoppers in College Park (6149 Old National Hwy, College Park, GA 30349) will have the chance to receive a $150 gift card and a special gift from multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated rapper, Gunna, this Thursday, December 23rd, thanks to his partnership with Goodr. The YSL/300/Atlantic artist will present the gift cards to 750 pre-registered families in his hometown, at an event powered by Goodr.

Goodr and Gunna are frequent philanthropic partners, most notably going viral earlier this year after opening a free clothing and grocery store at McNair Middle School where the rapper had attended; called Gunna’s Drip Closet & Goodr Grocery Store. The two have also provided his community with free Pop-up Grocery Markets as well as coat giveaways.

Gunna continually finds ways to give back to the community that raised him.” Goodr CEO Jasmine Crowe says. “We at Goodr value this partnership and look forward to helping Gunna’s efforts whenever we are called upon.”

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[WATCH] Cop Pulls Gun On Unarmed Travelers During Brawl At Miami Airport

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Miami International Airport was the center of a humongous brawl when passengers became “unruly”, which resulted in the arrest of two men.

The situation quickly escalated when an officer attempted to arrest one man, but was surrounded by other travelers who were trying to free the man from the officer’s chokehold. Once the man was freed, the officer then pulled out his firearm and haphazardly pointed it at the closest travelers to him.

“Like airports across the country, (Miami International Airport) is seeing record-high passenger numbers this winter travel season,” read a statement from MIA Director and CEO Ralph Cutié.

“Unfortunately, that passenger growth has come with a record-high increase nationwide in bad behavior as well, such as the incident this evening at MIA,” he said. “Disruptive passengers face police arrest, civil penalties up to $37,000, being banned from flying, and potential federal prosecution.”

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Jimmy Jazz Gives Away Over 1K Pairs Of Kicks To Families Across NYC

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This past week, to celebrate the 2021 holiday season, Jimmy Jazz gave back in the best way they know how – with sneakers. Jimmy Jazz gave away over 1,000 pairs of sneakers across New York City. The give back included four events starting with the  Jordan 11 “Cool Grey” Sneaker release celebration in Brooklyn, continued in the Bronx at Allie’s Place along with Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club and concluded in Harlem at P.S. 197 John B. Russwurm.

The Jordan 11 “Cool Grey” Sneaker release celebration was held on Saturday, December 11th, at their Fulton Street, Brooklyn retail location. Winners from the website’s online raffle received a free gift with the purchase along with Chopped Cheese breakfast provided by the Bodega Truck.

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As part of the celebration, Jimmy Jazz launched their Unexpected Creativity campaign. Jimmy Jazz collaborated with 11 creators from the tri-state area. The creators that were chosen, put their own creative spin by telling their stories on the cool greys, from nail art, paintings, and even creating their own rendition to the sneaker and sharing on social media. These creators took things to the next level with these sneakers and didn’t come to play thinking outside of the box. The Creators included: @OGmillie @nailsculptress @veratwinsart @ness.3000 @eatlikeyoureondeathrow_ @ghicapopa @djjstar @emmymercado Neighborhodkids @slingshot.

Bronx stops included Allie’s Place, a shelter used to help get families back on their feet, children received sneakers and toys to help lift holiday spirits on Tuesday the 14th. The third event was held on Thursday, December 16th at the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club. Jimmy Jazz gave away over 200 pairs of Nike Sneakers at this location. The event included interactive holiday activities, pictures with Santa Claus, balloon animals with elves and a coloring station. 

Lehra Brooks, a parent of the Throgs Neck community, was so thankful to Jimmy Jazz. “Once again Kips Bay is reaching out to the community to make sure children continue to do well. For them to ensure the children get Christmas and holidays despite COVID. I think that’s awesome and they don’t miss a beat, Thanksgiving, Christmas they always make sure they do something for the kids. I thank Jimmy Jazz for reaching out to the Throgs Neck community.”

Charlton Clarke, Activities Director at the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club of Throgs Neck said, “We are extremely thankful for Jimmy Jazz creating this opportunity for these young kids in our community. It’s always a blessing for organizations to share stuff like this with kids. It keeps them hopeful and we want them to be thankful to understand that hard work and opportunity usually leads to great success.” 

The concluding event was held on Saturday, December 18th, at John B. Russwurm Elementary School. Jimmy Jazz gave away Adidas sneakers and toys to over 300 children. 

“When people see people from their community give back it inspires them to one day pay it forward. It shows the community of Harlem is looking out for each other. Santa and I thank Jimmy Jazz and Adidas.” said Kevin, Founder of Take Care Of Harlem, “Partnerships like this are very important because it shows that other people care.”

A finale event with Puma and  RJ Barrett of the NY Knicks was to be held on Sunday December 18th at the Flagship Harlem Store but out of an abundance of precaution was cancelled due to the number of COVID cases increasing across the city.

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Grammy-Winning Producer Mike Will Teams Up With Goodr For 4th Annual Wish Fest

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Grammy-winning producer, Mike Will, will host his 4th Annual Wish Fest at The WXLLXM (874 Joseph E Lowery Blvd. NW). He will be  hosting more than 250 families this holiday.

The Wish Fest is Powered by Footlocker, in partnership with Reebok and Goodr, who are joining this event for the first time. The annual event is described as an immersive experience with food, games and more. Included will be a Goodr Pop-up Grocery Market and gift giveaways including toys courtesy of Mike Will and Jakk’s Toys and shoes provided by Foot Locker Atlanta and Reebok (while supplies last).

The event will take place on Tuesday, December 21st and run from 5-8PM. This year’s event is designed and powered by Six Degrees, an Atlanta-based full-service creative marketing agency. All in attendance are required to wear masks.

“I think we all should consider one another’s wishes, that’s why I started Making Wishes Matter Foundation with my family.” Will says. “We are aware that some have more than others… But At the end of the day, as a culture, we all we got. The more we work together as a culture to fill the missing voids, the stronger we will be as a community.”

“Goodr is excited to be a part of this annual event for the first time.” Goodr CEO Jasmine Crowe states. “It’s wonderful to see folks like Mike Will giving back to his community and we are more than happy to do our part.”

“This year our foundation partnered up with 6degrees, Jakks Toys, Foot Locker, Reebok and Goodr, to bring our annual toy drive to life!!!” Will finishes. “This year we at The Wxllxm!”

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Meek Mill, Michael Rubin, Lil Baby, and 76ers Hosted Holiday VIP Experience for Children Negatively Impacted by Unjust Probation System

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The Philadelphia 76ers and Miami HEAT game in Philly on Wednesday was a special VIP experience for over 25 children who have been negatively impacted by an unjust probation system. The event was a collaborative effort between the REFORM Alliance and the Sixers.

The event kicked off with REFORM Alliance co-founders Michael Rubin and Meek Mill, Philadelphia 76ers managing partner Josh Harris, Grammy-nominated recording artist Lil Baby as well as Charli and Dixie D’Amelio, Marc and Heidi D’Amelio, REFORM CEO Robert Rooks and former 76er World B. Free surprising the kids with custom uniforms and playing basketball with them on the Philadelphia 76ers court.

Before the game started, the children sat alongside the stars for a private dinner, enjoy a Q&A with 76ers head coach Doc Rivers and view player warmups from the court. The kids also received a holiday pack of 76ers gear from Fanatics. Wrapping the evening, the children watched the game from the courtside and a private VIP suite. On Saturday, Dec. 18, REFORM co-founder Clara Wu Tsai will host a similar giveback with the Brooklyn Nets and New York Liberty at Barclays Center to treat children from community-based organizations focused on supporting mothers currently or formerly incarcerated to a special experience.

REFORM and its Board started this holiday tradition in 2019 (the event was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic), providing children who have been negatively impacted by the criminal justice system with a one-of-a-kind holiday experience. The event included a shopping spree at the NBA Store in NYC with Rubin, Meek, and Wu Tsai, followed by a trip to watch a Patriots home game and meet with Patriots owner and REFORM co-founder Robert Kraft.

You can see images from the event below.

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Kanye & Drake Team with Amazon to Stream Benefit Concert Free on Prime

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Amazon is set to stream the Kanye West And Drake benefit concert free.

Taking place on Thursday in Los Angeles, the “Free Larry Hoover” concert will stream free globally on Prime Video and the Amazon Music App, as well as the Amazon Music Twitch channel.

Prime Video made the announcement in a tweet on Tuesday evening.

“Ye and Drake are joining forces and we’ve got your exclusive access. The monumental #FreeLarryHoover show will be free to stream globally on Prime Video, on the @AmazonMusic app, and on the Amazon Music Twitch channel.”

The show is in an effort to benefit Larry Hoover.

According to Tuesdays press release the “Free Larry Hoover” concert is dedicated to raising awareness around prison and sentencing reform as well as supporting legal reform and community advocates such as Ex-Cons for Community and Social Change, Hustle 2.0 and Uptown People’s Law Center.

Larry Hoover co-founded the Gangster Disciples gang, and was convicted of murder, conspiracy, extortion and money laundering in 1997. He is currently serving six life sentences in federal prison.

J. Prince, who is largely responsible for squashing the Ye and Drake beef also shared a statement via an earlier press release.

“Bringing These Two Great Artists Together for the Culture and the Cause of Prison Reform Has Been an Honor” Said J Prince.

“Through My Work with Larry Hoover and His Family, I’ve Really Had My Eyes Opened to the Plight Of Incarcerated People in This Country, and I Hope Fans of Ye and Drake Will Take the Time to Do the Same.”

His son was featured on Ye’s latest album DONDA. Larry Hoover JR appears on “Jesus Lord”, revealing the many issues his family has faced with the country’s criminal justice system.

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