Singer Beyoncé recently made headlines—not for controversial songs about possible marital discord or here pride in her Black heritage but for her generosity.
Knowles, born and raised in Houston, Texas, donated more than $82,000 to Flint, Mich., to address its water crisis on June 13. The United Way Genesee, which is located in Flint, posted a picture on Twitter of a check for $82,234. The check is from the BeyGood Foundation, Beyoncé’s charitable organization.
Flint, a majority-Black town about 70 miles from Detroit, recently rose to national attention when it was discovered that officials had allowed contaminated drinking water to be pumped into residents’ homes as part of a cost-cutting measure. President Obama declared a state of emergency in January, authorizing federal aid to supplement state and local efforts to address the dire conditions in the area affected by the tainted water.
Other celebrities such as rapper The Game have donated since the extent of the crisis became known.
Following the donation to Flint, Beyoncé dedicated the song “Halo,” from her 2008 album “I Am… Sasha Fierce,” to the victims of the mass shooting that took place in Orlando, Fla., over the weekend. She made the dedication while performing in Detroit.
“This next song is about love. I’d like to dedicate it to all of the family member that lost their lives,” said Beyoncé, according to a video recording of her performance.
On June 12, Omar Mateen killed 49 people and injured more than 50 at a gay nightclub in Orlando in what is being called one of the deadliest shootings in U.S. history. The 29-year-old gunman, a Muslim born in New York, made calls during the attack saying he was a supporter of the Islamic State.