JAY Z TEAMS UP WITH RIHANNA TO DONATE $2 MILLION TO CORONAVIRUS RELIEF EFFORTS – (04/01/2020)
Jay Z has teamed up with Rihanna to donate to coronavirus relief efforts. The superstars have each donated $1 million — Jay Z via his Shawn Carter Foundation and Rihanna is giving back through her Clara Lionel Foundation. The Shawn Carter Foundation revealed in a statement that the donation will support undocumented workers, children of frontline healthcare workers and first responders, and incarcerated, elderly and homeless people in New York and Los Angeles.
According to Billboard, the money will also cover daycare, learning materials, food, and supplies for the children of healthcare workers and first responders. Additionally, they will provide learning materials for over 20,000 youth in shelters and virtual mental health support for parents.
Gloria Carter, CEO and co-founder of the Shawn Carter Foundation, said in a statement, “In times of crisis it is imperative that we come together as one community to ensure that everyone, especially the most vulnerable, has access to critical needs: shelter, health, nutrition, and education. The only way to get through this pandemic is with love and action.”
Rihanna previously announced a $5 million donation to various organizations including Feeding America, World Health Organization, and her native Barbados.
JOHN MAYER DROPS ‘DRONE SHOT OF MY YACHT’ PARODY SONG ABOUT BILLIONAIRE DAVID GEFFEN – (04/01/2020)
John Mayer posted a parody song lampooning a tone-deaf Instagram post by billionaire David Geffen.
Mayer released the track, “Drone Shot of My Yacht,” following the 77-year-old businessman and philanthropist’s post over the weekend. Geffen went private on Instagram after revealing that he has been isolating on a yacht in the Grenadines, islands in the Caribbean.
He was slammed for showing off his wealth and privilege as millions of other people are struggling with unemployment and healthcare workers are fighting for their lives while trying to save others.
Even Meghan McCain of The View blasted Geffen when he shared a photo of his $590-million mega-yacht off the coast of the Grenadines, revealing that’s where he’s self-isolating during the coronavirus pandemic. Geffen deleted his Instagram soon after.
“If it’s stuck in my head, it might as well be stuck in yours,” John captioned an Instagram video featuring his parody song and a slideshow of yacht photos. “Drone shot of my yacht, it’s all I got, I’m all alone on the water,” he sings in the parody. “Let me flex these specs,” he continues, “450 feet and six or seven decks. You can stretch your neck, to see all the stuff around me, I don’t give a heck.”
Business Insider reported that billionaires were flocking to charter superyachts so they can escape the coronavirus pandemic. Yachts are generally assumed to be cleaner than standard cruise ships because of rigorous maintenance routines, but they can be pricey to charter. Some go for $120,000 a week plus crew costs, while others can set you back as much as $600,000 a week.
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NEW JERSEY DRAGGED FOR DEPLOYING MIKE SORRENTINO AS CORONAVIRUS EXEMPLAR – (04/01/2020)
Really, he’s all ya got? Twitter was alternatively outraged and bemused over the New Jersey government’s decision to use Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino as an exemplar of good behavior during the coronavirus crisis.
The state shared Sorrentino’s sage words of advice on its official Twitter page. The state tweeted: “WE GOT A SITUATION. Listen to @ItstheSituation – we know Jersey loves to party but TAKE THIS SERIOUSLY. STAY HOME and #FlattenTheCurve. The comeback is always greater than the setback.”
In the post, Sorrentino said: “New Jersey is tough…We love to party and we love even harder. But the time for parties is over. In fact, some of us are prolonging this pandemic by not following simple guidelines.”
New Jersey, along with many other states, has issued an executive order prohibiting parties and social events; residents are told to only leave their homes when necessary.
Many critics noted Sorrentino’s stint in prison as a reason to not use him as an example for young people. “ANYONE BUT THIS DOOFUS! Come on @NJGov you can do better,” one tweet read. “I’m just not a big fan of taking advice from criminals. I’ll stick with scientists and healthcare providers. We have REALLY good scientists and healthcare providers in NJ,” another added.
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PRINCE WILLIAM WANTS TO PILOT AIR AMBULANCES DURING PANDEMIC – (04/01/2020)
Prince William wants to return to his work as air ambulance pilot as the coronavirus pandemic escalates, according to reports. The 37-year-old royal spent two years flying medics to emergencies before stepping down in 2017.
A source tells The Sun: “He knows the whole country is doing its bit and he wants to help. William is very keen to do anything he can.”
William, his wife Kate Middleton and their three children are staying in Anmer Hall in Norfolk, where he was living when he flew the air ambulance.
However, some say William is one of the only senior royals left performing official duties, making his absence more challenging. His 71-year-old father Prince Charles was diagnosed with coronavirus himself and is now recovering, and his 93-year-old grandmother Queen Elizabeth is in seclusion to protect her at her advanced age. In addition, his brother Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle recently stepped down from their royal roles and Prince Andrew, his uncle, has been barred from royal life due to his connections to the convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
Earlier this month, William became patron of the London Air Ambulance Charity.
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KYLIE JENNER TO MAKE SANITIZER: Kylie Jenner is doing what she can to help out during the pandemic. Last week, she donated $1 million to buy protective gear, and now she, momager Kris Jenner and Coty are partnering to manufacture hand sanitizer for hospitals in southern California. “The custom hand sanitizer includes a special message for recipients: ‘Dedicated to first responders working to support our communities,’” according to a press release. (Page Six)
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