#JayZ and #MeekMill donate protective equipment to prisoners, SXSW Film Festival will air on Amazon, #CardiB pays it back to her hometown and more.
We’re back with the lates in #coronavirus news. There are now over one million COVID-19 cases in the world, 58,817 coronavirus-related deaths and over 200,000 thousand recoveries. While the country waits for the government to release testing sites, celebs are doing what they can to help communities. Tom Brady announced on Thursday that he will be donating 10 million meals to Feeding America. “I hope we’re all staying home and staying safe, but hopefully we’re also staying active too because we’ve got to give our body what it needs at this time to support a healthy immune system,” Brady said.
To help out inmates at prisons and jails, Meek Mill and Jay-Z’s REFORM Alliance organization will be donating 100,000 surgical masks to various prisons around the country as cases of coronavirus grow in imprisonment faculties. ABC News reports that Rikers Island will receive 50,000 masks and another 2,500 masks will go to the Rikers medical facility. Fellow east coaster Cardi B will pitching in to help her city by donating 20,000 bottles of OWYN to New York’s hospitals and staff. OWYN is a plant-based, vegan meal supplement drink; Cardi said she wanted to help the employees who may not get a chance to eat because of the long and strenuous shifts.
Falling along is #DJKhaled and his wife Nicole Tuck whose foundation, We The Best Foundation, donated 10,000 masks, gloves and dozens of personal protective equipment to medical workers in New York and Miami. “Helping our local community when and where we can has always been our mission since we started the We The Best Foundation back in 2018. By partnering with Direct Relief, Nicole and I are able to reach the medical staff who are most at risk in local hospitals in New York and Miami. It’s important to us to take care of those who take care of us,” said DJ Khaled.
While you won’t be able to take an epic trip to SXSWFilm Festival Collection this year, you’ll still be able to watch the entire event in the comfort of your home because the film festival is coming Amazon Prime for free. A date for when the program will air has yet to be announced but the platform will host a number of titles that were set to screen at this year’s festival. And, for ten days, anyone with an Amazon login can watch. Another festival that will be moving some its content online is Tribeca Film Festival. On Friday, organizers announced that some of the independent movies in Tribeca’s competition programming will be viewable on a site called the Industry Extranet Resource Hub. It will only be available to journalists and other industry professionals. However, people looking to buy any of the projects can watch and bid on them. Variety reports the festival is scheduled to run April 15-26.