Rihanna continues to shine bright like a diamond.
The 32-year-old singer and entrepreneur, in a joint effort with Twitter’s Jack Dorsey and his #StartSmall initiative, is putting forth $15 million from her nonprofit, The Clara Lionel Foundation, to go to mental health services amid the challenging times of social unrest and the coronavirus pandemic.
The Umbrella vocalist’s foundation said in a statement: ‘Racial injustices perpetrated by systems built to keep people safe are exacerbating the coronavirus’s mental health impact on individuals and families across the United States.
The You Da One singer’s organization pointed at cities including Chicago and Newark, New Jersey as places where the prevalent factors have created dangerous environments for the populace.
‘In Newark, which has one of the highest COVID-19 infection rates in the country, senior citizens, low-income families and homeless individuals are facing impossible decisions everyday: whether to buy groceries or pay utility bills, risk eviction or risk crowded shelters,’ the foundation said. ‘In Chicago, racial disparities are contributing to alarmingly disproportionate rates of infection and death among Black and Brown people.
The Barbados-born beauty’s foundation noted the ‘dramatic rise in demand’ for increased providers of mental health and suicide prevention support, ‘particularly those serving children, at-risk students and LGBTQ youth,’ necessitating the donation.