What. A. Queen.
The 38-year-old’s foundation BeyGOOD has partnered Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s #startsmall to fund mental health services across Houston, New York, New Orleans and Detroit.
The mental health initiative includes a key national partnership with UCLA. BeyGOOD has also partnered with the National Alliance in Mental Illness.
‘Communities of colour are suffering by epic proportions due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Many families live in underserved areas with homes that make it harder to practice social distancing,’ the foundation wrote in a statement.
‘Communities that were already lacking funds for education, health and housing are now faced with alarming infection rates and fatalities. And these communities lack access to testing and equitable health care.’
It goes on: ‘Beyonce’s BeyGOOD recognizes the immense mental and personal health burdens being placed on essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic,” the organization’s official statement reads.
‘In our major cities, African-Americans comprise a disproportionate number of workers in these indispensable occupations, and they will need mental health support and personal wellness care, including testing and medical services, food supplies and food deliveries, both during and after the crisis.’
BeyGOOD is also supporting United Memorial Center, Bread of Life, Matthew 25 and other organizations to help provide basic necessities, including food, water, cleaning supplies, medicines and face masks, to help alleviate mental and physical burdens in struggling communities.
Donations can be made to the organisations BeyGood has partnered with here.
It comes after the mother-of-three warned that ‘coronavorus is killing black people’ during a surprise One World: Together At Home appearance.
During the star-studded concert, she said: ‘Tonight we celebrate true heroes.
‘Black Americans disproportionately belong to these essential parts of the workforce that do not have the luxury of working from home. African-American communities at large have been severely affected in this crisis. ‘
The Destiny’s Child star – whose mother Tina’s best friend recently died of suspected coronavirus – added: ‘This virus is killing black people at an alarmingly high rate here in America.’
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