Gifts From the Heart



Labelle (Patti LaBelle, Nona Hendryx and Sarah Dash) once recorded a song with a powerful message titled “Good Intentions.”

The lyrics said bluntly, “If you can’t come through when the going gets tough, your good intentions just ain’t good enough.”

How true that is. Talking a good game is one thing. Delivering what is needed is something altogether different.

The unbelievably horrendous Haiti situation has resulted in certain wealthy celebrities showing what they are really made of, and that is wonderful.

Hats off to Oprah Winfrey for donating $1 million, and to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie (together), Sandra Bullock and George Clooney for doing the same. Tiger Woods reportedly contributed much more than that.

Among others who have put their money where their mouth is are Bruce Springsteen, Alicia Keys, Leonardo DiCaprio, Justin Timberlake, Quincy Jones, Ben Stiller, Madonna, Adam Lambert, Sting, Matt Damon, Lindsay Lohan and Sting.

Praises to them and other “monied” celebrities.

But it always disturbs me a little that rich White celebrities have a tendency to more quickly reach into their wallets and pocketbooks than their rich Black counterparts.

Let’s hope that many of them have given generously, but done so anonymously or with the stipulation that it not be publicized.     That, too, would be admirable, but often when people hear that famous people have made donations, it inspires them to do likewise. And every dollar counts.

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