Jack Dorsey Gives $5M to Andrew Yang’s Universal Basic Income Experiment

Jack Dorsey Gives $5M to Andrew Yang’s Universal Basic Income Experiment

Jul 07

In early March, while governments were still figuring out how seriously to take the COVID-19 crisis, Andrew Yang seems to have seen the writing on the wall. The former Presidential candidate launched Humanity Forward, a nonprofit focused on continuing the promises of his platform, especially Universal Basic Income (UBI) and data privacy by encouraging new voters and voting down-ballot, clear...

A Man in India is Buying Oxygen Tanks and Giving Them Away

A Man in India is Buying Oxygen Tanks and Giving Them Away

Jun 29

Months into the pandemic’s grasp, Mumbai remains one of the worst-affected cities in India by COVID-19, with over 60,000 current cases overrunning hospitals. Staff and facilities are overwhelmed, their workload far greater than they have supplies, time, space, or stamina for. Shahnawaz Shaikh is not a doctor or an EMT, just a businessman. But for months, he’s been servicing as a...

K-Pop Group BTS and its Fans Donate Millions to Black Lives Matter

K-Pop Group BTS and its Fans Donate Millions to Black Lives Matter

Jun 10

BTS, aka Bangtan Sonyeondan, 방탄소년단, or the Bangtan Boys, is a seven-man boy band from Seoul. Performing, writing, and producing together since 2010, They’ve evolved from hip hop to a diverse pop-influenced style, trading heavily on the trials of personal growth and coming of age for material. Massively popular in South Korea, they used Youtube to leap into the international music market in...

Bank of America Pledges $1 Billion to Address Racial Inequality

Bank of America Pledges $1 Billion to Address Racial Inequality

Jun 03

In 2013, Bank of America was fined $2.2 million after a judge found them guilty of racial discrimination in the hiring practices at their Charlotte, North Carolina offices. Over 1,100 African-American job seekers were denied due to what the judge called “unfair and inconsistent selection criteria” over the previous two decades. While a formal complaint about that discrimination was filed against...

Magic Johnson’s EquiTrust to Donate $100M to Support Minority-Owned Businesses

Magic Johnson’s EquiTrust to Donate $100M to Support Minority-Owned Businesses

May 20

When Earvin “Magic” Johnson retired from playing professional basketball in 2000, it was already obvious that he was not the sort of man who would just retire and ride out his substantial fortune for the rest of his days. He’d already tried his hand at coaching, and at hosting a television show, and starting a record label. And he was just getting started. Today, Johnson runs Magic Johnson...

Jay-Z and Meek Mill’s Initiative Urges Prisons to Address COVID-19

Jay-Z and Meek Mill’s Initiative Urges Prisons to Address COVID-19

May 20

In the eighteenth and nineteenth century, the flea-spread typhus was spread so heavily in prisons that it was called jail fever. It spread unavoidably between inmates because they were crowded in conditions that didn’t allow them to take care of their own hygiene. And while endemic typhus is no longer a jailhouse plague, inmates are still particularly vulnerable to crowd-spread disease....

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Donates $13.6M to Antibody Testing

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Donates $13.6M to Antibody Testing

May 06

In 2015 on the birthday of their daughter, pediatrician Priscilla Chan and her husband, Mark Zuckerberg, set up the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub to fight disease worldwide. In the past 5 years, most of their activities have been towards securing funding beyond the $1 billion in yearly funds coming from Facebook shares, but now they are taking a step forward. On...

Michael Jordan to Donate All Income From Blockbuster Documentary, ‘The Last Dance’

Michael Jordan to Donate All Income From Blockbuster Documentary, ‘The Last Dance’

Apr 24

The Last Dance, which began airing on ESPN on Sunday, April 19th, is a ten-part documentary series about the career of athlete Michael Jordan. Using 106 interviews and excerpts from over 10,000 hours of sports footage of Jordan, the series will juxtapose Jordan’s rookie year in 1984 with his ‘last dance,’ his final season with the Bulls in ’89. Director Jason Hehir spent...