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Camila Cabello Donated $10,000 To Help Homeless Chess Champion And Family

Camila Cabello is sone artist that tries to stay connected with fans and give back to her community when she can. Most recently, Cabello heard about the story of 8-year-old homeless refugee Tanitoluwa Adewumi. Adewumi and his family are refugees from Nigeria and were living in a homeless shelter in New York City trying to get on their feet. Now, things are looking up for the refugee family as people came together to crowdfund to help them out.

Camila Cabello stepped up to help Nigerian refugee Tanitoluwa Adewumi and his family.

Adewumi is only 8 years old and because the New York State Chess Champion. The competition was for children from kindergarten to third grade and, according to the New York Times, he made it through the competition undefeated.

The family is in the middle of their asylum process having fled Nigeria in 2017 for fear of their safety. Terrorist group Boko Haram has been targeting Christian families, like the Adewumi family.

Adewumi and his family have been in a homeless shelter in New York City since arriving from Nigeria.

According to the New York Times, the family arrived from Nigeria a little over a year ago and a pastor was the one who helped them seek out the shelter. Adewumi is currently a student at P.S. 116 and the principal has nothing but glowing words for the child.

“It’s an inspiring example of how life’s challenges do not define a person,” Jane Hsu, the principal of P.S. 116, told the New York Times.

A GoFundMe was started to help the Adewumi family after the child’s win and the outpour of support was incredible, including from Cabello.

“‘Talent is universal but opportunity is not.’ Tanitoluwa Adewumi, a homeless 8-year-old refugee, who won the New York State Chess Championship. Tani, you make all of us proud. Keep smiling and keep winning ps guys let’s spread the word and help him out,” Cabello wrote on Twitter. The singer included a link tot he GoFundMe page and directed her fans to help the young boy and his family out.

At the time of this writing, people have raised more than $200,000 to help the refugee family.

Credit: GoFundMe

“WORDS OF APPRECIATION!!!
We the Family of TANITOLUWA ADEWUMI (#TANI#) first of all we give God the Glory for being crowned as FIRST PLACE CHAMPION in his first New York State Tournament (k-3) Primary Championship held in Saratoga Spring New York on the 9th and 10th March, 2019,” reads an update on the GoFundMe page.

“We say a big thank you to the coaches- coach Russell Makosfy, coach Shawn Martinez, coach Angel Lopez, the officers in the team for their support and words of encouragement. God bless you all.
Our appreciation goes to his school (PS116, Manhattan), the Principal, Teachers, Students and every other staff. God bless you all.”

“Our big thanks to Mr. Nicholas Kristof ( The New York Times Paper and their staff), The CBS news, BBC World news, NBC news, social media, those that share the good news and others service stations for your support. God bless you all.”

“Our big shout out to the whole WORLD for all your support Financially, Morally, Spiritually and many more can’t mentioned. You are all Awesome. God bless you all.”

“We will like the WORLD to know that all the proceeds/donations go to TANITOLUWA ADEWUMI FOUNDATION.
We are working with counsel to make sure this is possible. In the meanwhile, all funds stay with GoFundMe.”

“TOGETHER WE CAN CHANGE THE WORLD!!!”

“GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!
GOD BLESS THE WORLD!!!”

“THANK YOU! THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!!!”

Fans are showering the singer with love and appreciation.

It is a sweet reminder that some stars are willing to use their fame, money, and name to help those in need. The family that is being helped has already had to flee their home and relocate on the other side of the world. It is refreshing to see people that are willing to step up and help their fellow man.

READ: Camila Cabello Honors Selena Quintanilla At Houston Rodeo By Singing “Dreaming Of You”

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Bad Bunny’s Concert Parade Made History And Shined A Light On Latino Communities In NYC

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Bad Bunny’s Concert Parade Made History And Shined A Light On Latino Communities In NYC

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Leave it to Bad Bunny to elevate the art of a virtual concert with his first live performance in this era of the Coronavirus pandemic.

The beloved San Benito performed a concert on the back of a flatbed truck slowly driving through the Bronx, Washington Heights, and Harlem. The reggaetonero’s set was streamed as part of Uforia’s monthly music series, through which the music outlet, owned by Univision, has lined up concerts to the end of the year. “It was difficult for me to do a concert without an audience. I didn’t want to,” Bad Bunny said during the show, according to Billboard. “But I’m accepting the new reality and I hope people enjoy this. We need it.”

Based upon the hype and reviews, it’s obvious that we the people loved it.

Bad Bunny’s free NYC concert made history as he paraded across the city in a flatbed truck.

Bad Bunny’s moving concert, which started outside Yankee Stadium and at certain points had him literally ducking under traffic light and bridges, was livestreamed on the Uforia app and his own YouTube channel. The hit concert featured songs off his February album YHLQMDLG, including “Si Veo a Tu Mamá,” “La Difícil,” and “Pero Ya No,” among others.

The history-making performance concluded outside Harlem Hospital, where the rapper thanked front-line medical workers for their efforts during the coronavirus quarantine, and performed his song “Yo Perreo Sola.”

“Respect and thanks to those people who have sacrificed their lives in this city,” Bad Bunny told the crowd, per Billboard. “With a lot of faith in God, I sense that good things are coming. I know we are going through very difficult times. I have made thousands of mistakes, but my only mission is to try to be a better person every day.”

The hit concert coincided with the third anniversary of Hurricane Maria.

Bad Bunny’s concert was a celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month but it also fell on the third anniversary of Hurricane Maria, which devastated Bad Bunny’s home of Puerto Rico. He thanked Latinos for supporting him and offered words of encouragement during the pandemic.

“With a lot of faith in God, I sense that good things are coming,” he added. “I know we are going through very difficult times, but I have hope that people doing things with their heart, spirit, faith and hope, we’re going to move forward.”

Bad Bunny was joined by virtual appearances from reggaeton stars J Balvin, Sech and Mora. The show was produced by Univision’s Uforia, the radio broadcasting and music events division of the company. 

“We are extremely excited to celebrate the richness of Latinx culture during Hispanic Heritage Month with this one-of-a-kind live streaming experience, and also commemorate the Puerto Rico community’s resilience on the third anniversary of Hurricane Maria, in partnership with Verizon,” Jesus Lara, president of radio at Univision, said in a statement. “We are proud to showcase the artistry of Bad Bunny who has had such a profound impact on our culture and the music industry at large.”

Imagine being the lucky resident of this building with a view like this…

A live stream showed the Latin Grammy award-winning artist dodging traffic lights and excited fans chasing him down streets with their cellphones in hand in New York City. 

El Conejo Malo literally brought the concert to people’s doorsteps. He also used the concert as a chance to shine a light on his native Puerto Rico and the third anniversary of Hurricane Maria that devastated the area. P.R. is still in recovery he mentioned. As the sun went down, Benito tore through the hits from his first album X 100pre like “Ni Bien Ni Bien,” “Sólo de Mí,” and “Romana”.

Although Coronavirus has had a major impact on the music industry, Bad Bunny has found ways to keep himself plenty busy.

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Despite spending most of the year in quarantine in his native Puerto Rico, Bad Bunny has been extremely busy. From gracing magazine covers and making history in the process to surprise releasing an entire album, Bad Bunny has kept his fans on their toes.

The reggaetonero was also set to perform two sold-out shows on October 30-31 at San Juan’s Hiram Bithorn stadium, but they’ve been canceled in the wake of Covid-19. So this was the first chance for San Benito fans to witness live renditions from his record-breaking 2020 album YHLQMDLG, and his follow-up surprise album Las Que No Iban a Salir.

The “Yo Perrea Sola” singer also collaborated with Dua Lipa, J Balvin, and Tainy on a hit single, “Un Día (One Day)”. He’s also set to be recognized with the Hispanic Heritage Award for Vision in recognition for his impact as an artist and activist.

You can rewatch the full show here.

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New York Attorney General Files Lawsuit To Dissolve The National Rifle Association

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New York Attorney General Files Lawsuit To Dissolve The National Rifle Association

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The New York attorney general has filed a lawsuit to completely dissolve the National Rifle Association (NRA). The lawsuit is the latest in a series of events weakening the controversial organization since the Parkland shooting.

The NRA is facing a lawsuit because of its financial misdealings.

New York Attorney General Letitia James started a domino effect of lawsuits involving the NRA AG James is suing the organization because of its financial misdeeds focusing on corruption and misspending. The allegations, AG James claims, undermine the organization’s ability to claim to be a nonprofit.

AG James’ lawsuit is bringing attention to NRA’s Wayne LaPierre’s use of funds.

AG James’ lawsuit is pointing out various tax violations and is currently a civil case. However, the New York AG is not stopping there. If criminal issues are discovered, AG James will follow through.

“It’s an ongoing investigation,” she said during a press conference. “If we uncover any criminal activity, we will refer it to the Manhattan district attorney. At this point in time we’re moving forward, again, with civil enforcement.”

The NRA is denouncing the charges claiming they aren’t relevant.

AG James made investigating the NRA part of her campaign in 2018 and referred to the organization as a terrorist organization.

“The foreclosure crisis is not behind us, students debt is a major issue, health care is a challenge since they repealed the individual mandate, people are having a difficult time with premiums that have increased and are often times deciding to go without medicine because of the costs, resulting in premature death and gun violence,” AG James told Ebony Magazine during her campaign. “The NRA holds [itself] out as a charitable organization, but in fact, [it] really [is] a terrorist organization.”

Shortly after AG James filed her lawsuit, Washington’s attorney general followed suit.

AG Karl Racine is going after the NRA for misusing charitable funds. Essentially, the NRA is being accused in Washington of taking money meant for educational programs and spent them on themselves. The Washington lawsuit and New York lawsuit are honing in on the NRA’s years of fraudulent use of funds. It comes at a time when the NRA is already fighting for its life after the teenagers of Parkland launched a successful campaign in slowing and reversing the organization’s growth in the political sphere.

READ: Florida Passed Their First Gun Safety Measure In More Than 20 Years And The NRA Has Already Filed A Lawsuit

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