Celebrities from John Legend, to Lizzo, Ciara, and more are giving back in major ways during the coronavirus pandemic.
Concerts and festivals have been cancelled. Businesses have shut down. And, people are practicing social distancing guidelines in an effort to reduce the risk of spreading the virus. The pandemic which has killed more than 5,400 people, and infected at least 145,000 people in more than 110 countries — including Idris Elba and Kevin Durant — has placed major cities in voluntary or mandatory lockdowns, leaving people stuck home with little social interactions.
But, as always, the show must go on. Celebs are proving that we can still turn up and be there for each each other even when we’re apart. Check out what these celebs are doing for fans:
1. John Legend Performs At HomeSource:YouTube
John Legend announced via Twitter that he would live stream a concert performance from his home on Tuesday, March 17.
“My friend Chris Martin did a lovely little concert from home today,” Legend tweeted. “I’ll be doing one tomorrow at 1pm Pacific time, See you soon. We’ll try to get through this together! #TogetherAtHome.”
Legend’s wife, Chrissy Teigen, replied back saying, “I’ll be there!! because I literally have no choice.”
Legend said fans can expect new music this year and previewed one his new songs, “Actions Speak Louder Than Love Songs,” during the live stream.
Legend wrapped up the performance by asking fans to suggest other artists to “pass the torch to.”
2. Lizzo’s Meditation and Live PerformanceSource:Instagram
Lizzo led a 30-minute mass meditation on Friday, March 13. The singer’s Houston Rodeo conert performance was also canceled due to the virus. So, she opted to give a 30-minute live performance on her Instagram Live instead. She entertained fans by playing with her flute and offereing words of encouragement.
“Fear does not exist in my body,” the singer proclaimed. “Fear does not exist in my home. Love exists in my body. Love exists in my home.”
3. Ciara and Russell WilsonSource:Instagram
Ciara and Russell Wilson donated one million meals to the Seattle-based food banks supported by Food Lifeline. “We can all make a difference together. Let’s all keep the faith during this difficult time,” Ciara posted on her Instagram page.
4. Ayesha Curry and Steph CurrySource:Instagram
The couple plans to support Feeding America as well as a local food bank. “Oakland just announced they’re closing schools until April because of the COVID-19 crisis,” Ayesha posted in on Instagram. “While we support this decision, we’re scared about what this means for childhood hunger in our hometown. More than 18,000 students in Oakland rely on their school for 2+ meals each day and our foundation @eatlearnplay is making a donation to @aacfb and @feedingamerica to help ensure no child has to worry about where their next meal is coming from while schools are closed.”
5. Debbie Allen Offers Free Online Dance ClassSource:Twitter
Debbie Allen hosted a free dance class on Instagram Live on Wednesday, March 18. “All are welcome,” Allen tweeted. “Spread the word. See you on the dance floor.”
6. Debbie Allen’s Instagram Live Dance Class
7. Broadway Stars Raise Money for Furloughed ActorsSource:Twitter
Broadway stars such as Jelani Alladin have taken to Twitter to raise money for furloughed actors in a viral hand-washing video challenge. The theater industry has been hit hard by venue closures and show cancellations. And, for many actors, no shows means no paychecks. The #BWayHandWashChallenge calls for Broadway stars to choose a theater charity, sing a show tune while washing their hands for 20 seconds, and then nominate three other members of the Broadway community to participate in the challenge.
8. Indya Moore Donates Money To The Black Trans And Queer CommunitySource:Instagram
Indya Moore pledged to help the Black trans and queer people in need by donating money to the first 50 people. In an Instagram post, Indya Moore told fans to DM their CashApp.
9. Lil Nas X Donates Money To Fans To Buy FoodSource:Twitter
Lil Nas X encouraged fans to stay inside by donating money to them to buy food to eat at home. He tweeted, “Hey guys drop ur CashApp. Gonna send some of u some money to go get some food then stay inside.”
10. Megan The Stallion Donates Money To Bless Fans PocketsSource:Twitter
Megan The Stallion showed love her fans by CashApping money to them. “Hey hotties since y’all have been going so hard supporting me I wanna support y’all and bless them pockets real quick,” Meg tweeted to her fans. “We’re art to have a #SUGASPREE! Drop y’all’s cash app names #partner”
11. ERYKAH BADU Performs For FansSource:Instagram
Erykah Badu told fans that she’d give a free live performance via her Instagram Live page.