4 Black celebrities send big donations to help Hurricane Dorian victims in the Bahamas

Michael Eli Dokosi September 12, 2019
Rihanna has donated to Hurricane Dorian victims in the Bahamas. Pic credit: Billboard/Forbes

The Bahamian people had been warned of an unwelcome visit of Hurricane Dorian, with some evacuated to join other relatives out of the way of the hurricane.

Yet, when the hurricane made landfall on September 1 at some of the Abaco Islands, nothing could have prepared anyone for the havoc it caused. Considered the strongest hurricane in modern records to strike the northwestern Bahamas, the disaster displaced humans and animals while destroying buildings, uprooting trees, flooding homes and tossing cars and boats.

Already, the damage from Hurricane Dorian in the Caribbean is estimated to be over $3 billion, with 70,000 people reported to be without homes. CNN reports that the death toll is over 43.

People recover items from a beached boat after Hurricane Dorian September 5, 2019, in Marsh Harbor, Great Abaco Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Often, celebrities of African ancestry have been chastised for not showing up when tragedy hits. They are usually required to make financial commitments and bring their influence to bear to help smoothen the tough fate starring the victims in the eye.

On the occasion of Dorian attacking the Caribbean, however, a good number of notable black celebrities have stepped up to the plate, made financial commitments and used their other resources to bring relief to victims in the Bahamas. The following are some of them:

Michael Jordan won his third All-Star Game MVP award scoring 23 points in 1998. Image via Getty/Tim Clary/AFP

Michael Jordan

Chicago Bulls legend and Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan has pledged $1 million to organizations assisting with Hurricane Dorian relief efforts in the Bahamas. Spokeswoman Estee Portnoy made the announcement on Twitter, noting Jordan was “devastated” at the destruction in the Bahamas.

Jordan is reported to be a regular visitor to the island as he maintains a property there.

FILE – In this Nov. 16, 2017, file photo, actor-filmmaker and author Tyler Perry poses for a portrait in New York to promote his book, “Higher Is Waiting.” Perry is warning fans not to be scammed. The actor, comedian and director in a video says he’s not giving away anything on Facebook. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP, File)

Tyler Perry

The actor cum producer has warmed his way into many hearts and minds and when Hurricane Dorian was pounding the Bahamas, reports suggested Perry dispatched his personal seaplane, based in Nassau, Bahamas, to provide aid to those affected by the tragic hurricane in the Caribbean nation.

According to TMZ, Tyler’s seaplane sent several shipments to those left with nothing after losing their homes, family members and businesses.

Among the supplies Abaco residents got from Perry were bottled water, juice, diapers, sleeping bags, hygiene products and several other basic necessities, with the aircraft bringing back passengers who needed immediate medical attention during the return trips.

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For rapper cum actor Ludacris, he took to Instagram to pledge a sum to the survivors of the hurricane attack.

“Over 100k Raised over The Weekend!!” Luda captioned in a photo on Instagram announcing his intention to donate proceeds from LudaDay Weekend to a relief fund for victims of Hurricane Dorian. “THANK YOU TO ALL WHO SHOWED UP AND SHOWED OUT!! ?????? NOW WATCH ME WORK!!”

Rihanna at the world premiere of Ocean’s 8. June 5, 2018. ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images


On Saturday, September 6, Rihanna, the singer cum business lady, tweeted about a limited collection from Savage x Fenty. She noted that each sale will facilitate a donation to the Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF), an organization she founded in 2012 which supports education and emergency response programs across the globe.

The Bahamas needs all the help it can get with insurance estimates suggesting substantial damage to residential, commercial and industrial properties. On East End Grand Bahama, for instance, entire communities and lives have been washed away.

With sustained winds, storm surge and rainfall causing widespread flooding and disaster, treating the chronically ill, securing safe drinking water, sanitation infrastructure and getting food supply through are of critical importance.


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