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Kanye West May Have Plans To Address LA's Homelessness Crisis With Skid Row Fashion Week

Kanye West may have a new fashion show and collab on the way that could benefit the homeless. TMZ reports Kanye West is working closely with streetwear brand Skid Row Fashion Week to collaborate on clothing and produce a one-of-a-kind showcase. Reportedly Kanye West and Skid Row Fashion Week founder David Sabastian, started discussions in early January 2022 as the rap legend hit the studio to begin production for the anticipated “Donda 2.”

Samantha Dorisca

Jan 27, 2022

Jaden Smith To Turn Los Angeles Food Truck Into Restaurant That Feeds The Homeless For Free

Rapper and actor Jaden Smith is turning his local meals on wheels business into a full-fledged establishment to give back to the homeless. This week, Variety revealed breaking news about Jaden Smith’s I Love You food truck — which launched two years ago in Los Angeles’ Skid Row area — that is now set to be turned into the I Love You restaurant to distribute food to homeless people. “It’s for homeless people to get free food,” he tells the outlet. “But if you’re not homeless, not only do you have to pay, but you have to pay for more than the food’s worth so that you can pay for the person behind you.” Smith’s noble effort is on brand for his many philanthropic actions, including his Water Box project — part of his 501CTHREE nonprofit organization — which provides underserved communities with access to clean water. News of Smith’s latest give back move follows after the announcement of his appearance in New Balance’s We Got Now campaign video, which also highlights and features the...

Njera Perkins

May 14, 2021

Black Teen Martin Folsom Perseveres Through Homelessness to the Top of His Class

In a time where Black people have so many threatening factors working against us, young people are still shining stars in academic excellence. According to ESSENCE , Jacksonville teen, Martin Folsom — a graduating senior from A. Philip Randolph Career Academies — successfully secured the title of class valedictorian despite battling homelessness through his school years. Graduating at the top of his class was no easy task, but Folsom saw it through proving there’s nothing that can stop determination. “It means a lot and it gives me a sense of all I’ve done and all I have accomplished was worth it,” Folsom said in a video addressing Duval County Public Schools’ class of 2020. “It’s been a rocky road, a lot of hardships. But seeing myself now about to graduate, about to go to college—it feels good knowing all the stuff I’ve done was worth it.” Folsom grew up living in shelters, but above it all, he was able to serve as class president from his freshman to senior year and his peers...

Njera Perkins

Jun 2, 2020

Terrence Lester Went from Homelessness to Creating Portable Sinks to Help the Homeless

Atlanta-based nonprofit LoveBeyondWalls is doing its part by extending a helping hand to the most vulnerable population during the COVID-19 pandemic. LoveBeyondWalls is an organization that prioritizes the needs of homeless residents in the city of Atlanta. Seeing as though the pandemic has left the homeless population with even less access to resources, the organization took action to build portable hand-washing stations to protect themselves and prevent the spread of the virus. “When I was experiencing homelessness being out there, you would have to go a mile or two to wash your hands or go to the bathroom. I wanted to make sure we put stations in parts where people are under bridges, just in case someone wants to stop and wash their hands,” Terrence Lester, one of the organizers behind LoveBeyondWalls, told Shoppe Black . Seeing how coronavirus has put the homeless at such a disadvantage, Lester did what he could to give back to the community. The idea for these portable...

Njera Perkins

Mar 23, 2020

Google Will Invest $1 Billion Over Ten Years To Help The Bay Area's Housing Crisis

In San Francisco, homelessness is a highly visible issue. The city’s initial estimates from its 2019 point-in-time count suggest that there’s been an increase of 15-20 percent over the 2017 count. Many within the city feel that tech companies who made Silicon Valley their home need to take responsibility for contributing to the issue. On Tuesday, Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai announced that the company will invest $1 billion in housing across the Bay Area. Pichai shared that over the next ten years, Google will repurpose at least $750 million of its existing office space, adding: “This will enable us to support the development of at least 15,000 new homes at all income levels in the Bay Area, including housing options for middle and low-income families. We hope this plays a role in addressing the chronic shortage of affordable housing options for long-time middle and low income residents.” In addition, Google will put $250 million toward “incentives” for other developers to build 5,000...

Vanessa Taylor

Jun 19, 2019