One lucky studio audience at the Ellen DeGeneres show left with much more than some stellar memories.
According to Cosmopolitan, the beloved television show host filled her audience with do-gooders, people making a difference in their communities and in the world in ways both large and small and decided to give them a little more than just a good time. With guests such as a couple who delivered supplies and aid following Hurricane Harvey and a teacher who donated a kidney to a student, Cosmo says DeGeneres introduced her partnership with Cheerios’ “One Million Acts of Good” campaign, asking audience members to look under their seats for the cereal box.
What came next, reports Cosmo, was a major gift: each audience member left with a share of $1 million to not only commemorate the One Million Acts of Good campaign, but also to celebrate the kindness and generosity of her audience members. DeGeneres’ one hope for her recipients — to continue to spread kindness wherever they go.
“It’s the biggest gift I’ve ever given anybody, ever,” she said, “and I hope you continue to pay it forward and share all the good.”
Beyoncé seems to love two things: surprise music and helping those who need it most. And when it came to helping the victims of natural disasters, she decided to do just that.
According to HuffPost, Beyoncé “released a new remix Thursday to the global hit “Mi Gente” by Willy William and J Balvin,” where the singer opted to sing a few lines in Spanish. But along with the surprise drop of the track, HuffPost says she also announced that the proceeds from the song will directly benefit relief charities for Mexico (which suffered a massive 7.1 earthquake in September), as well as Puerto Rico and islands in the Caribbean, which were hit by hurricanes Irma and Maria.
Additionally, Beyoncé directed fans to her own website, says HuffPost, which outlines the myriad ways people can donate to natural disaster relief efforts.
You heard Queen Bey: let’s get in formation to help those who need it most. HuffPost reports that the “Mi Gente” remix can be found on both Spotify and Tidal.
Getting rid of old clothing can do more than just make room in your closet for some new styles; it can actually benefit a worthy organization.
Just ask Rachel Lindsay, the star of the most recent season of The Bachelorette. According to InStyle, the lawyer and reality show star is “auctioning off clothes she wore as a contestant on Nick Viall’s season of The Bachelor” to benefit the ACLU. The sale, which is hosted by ThredUP, went live on Aug. 15, says InStyle, with 100 percent of the proceeds being donated to the ACLU.
InStyle reports that items on the auction block include “the drop earrings that she wore to win the First Impression Rose on her very first night, the bodysuit she donned on her date with Nick in New Orleans, and the “infamous” penguin onesie that she chose as her look for the Fantasy Suites.”
As for Lindsay, she wrote in an Instagram post announcing the sale that the auction not only allows her to “get a fresh start with my new fiancé,” it also benefits “an organization that’s important to [her] now more than ever.”
Check out the cool items Lindsay is selling here.
Clean drinking water is a basic need, not a privilege. It is on this principle that Beyoncé is taking action to bring clean water to children in Africa via a new partnership with UNICEF.
According to HuffPost, the singer launched BEYGOOD4BURUNDI with UNICEF in order to supply children in the country with the potable water they need to survive and thrive. Described as a “multi-year partnership,” HuffPost reports that the project aims to ” improve the quality of and access to water in some of the hardest-to-reach areas of a country, where nearly half of the population struggles to find a supply of safe water.”
With BEYGOOD4BURUNDI sharing that 2.3 million people in Burundi spending at least 30 minutes a day retrieving water in the densely-populated area, the initiative is certainly much needed. President and CEO of UNICEF USA Caryl M. Stern said in a statement that the partnership will not only work to remedy a pressing issue, it will also demonstrate the power of collaboration.
“Addressing the global water crisis is one of the defining challenges of our time, and the children of Burundi are among the most vulnerable,” she said, according to HuffPost. “This unique partnership combines UNICEF’s decades of expertise in providing clean water to children in Burundi and around the world with the power and influence of the entertainment world to bring about social change.”
If spending anything over $20 on a T-shirt sounds outrageous, you may want to reconsider.
According to The Cut, Dior is selling a T-shirt with “We should all be feminists” inscribed across the front, and a portion of the proceeds from its sales will benefit the Clara Lionel Foundation, an organization created by Rihanna that helps support “innovative and effective education and health programs around the world.”
The shirt, which is available for $710 only at Dior boutiques, comes after The Cut says Maria Grazia Chiuri made a statement at her first Dior fashion show as the brand’s artistic director, sending models down the runway in the shirt, which echoes the words of globally-known feminist author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
A for Rihanna’s role in the venture, The Cut reports that Rihanna partnered with Dior in order to show that “philanthropic pursuits is a positive way for fashion to effect change and benefit women around the world.”