Often times we can be somewhat critical of a celebrity’s lavish and self-absorbed lifestyle. But there are many celebrities who give back to their communities as well as support numerous charities. Many give substantial donations and spend quality time with their charities, often with very little fanfare. So, as a show of appreciation, this list recognizes the Top 10 African American Celebrities who understand the true meaning of philanthropy; by giving donations/contributions and being an active participant in their communities and charities.
Donations/Charities, $1.5 million. R & B singer Usher has donated $1 million dollars to a non-profit organization supporting youth to use their talents to become corporate and community leaders. He has also donated an additional $500,000 to other charities.
Donations/Charities, $1.5 millionHip-hop artist & actor, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, founder of The Ludacris Foundation has donated $1.5 million to support grass roots organizations that work to help young people achieve their dreams.
8. Tyler Perry
Donations/Charities, $2 million Last year, movie & television producer, Tyler Perry donated $1 million to the NAACP, the largest gift ever presented to the group by an individual. Last month, Perry donated $1 million to Haitian relief.
7. Alicia Keys
Donations/Charities, $3 million Singer-songwriter, Alicia Keys charity, Keep A Child Alive, provides live saving medication for AIDS victims in Africa. The charity has raised over $3 million dollars.
6. John Johnson
Donation/Charities, $4 million Ebony & Jet founder & publisher, the late John Johnson had made donations totaling over $4 million to Howard University and numerous other charities.
5. Shelia Johnson
Donations/ Charities, $8 million BET co-founder, Shelia Johnson is a Global Ambassador for CARE, a humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. The organization has raised over $8 million.
4. Bill & Camille Cosby
Donations/Charities, $24 millionBill & Camille Cosby have donated to educational institutions since 1986. Their $20 million dollar gift to Spelman is the largest ever in the history of Black institutions.
3. Tom Joyner
Donations/Charities, $55 millionRadio personality, Tom Joyner, created The Tom Joyner Foundation to provide financial assistance to students at historically black colleges & universities (HBCUs). Since 1998, the foundation has raised more than $55 million.
2. Oprah Winfrey
Donations /Charities, $300 million Talk show host Oprah Winfrey has contributed millions to numerous charities. Two of her charities include The Oprah’s Angel Network, $51 million; The Oprah Angel Network Katrina, $10 million, and a personal contribution of $40 million to create a Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa.
1. Michael Jackson
Donations/Charities, $350 million Michael Jackson was not only the King of Pop, but also the King of Charity. Jackson donated over $350 million to over 40 charities & organizations, including, Make-A-Wish Foundation, American Cancer Society, and the United Negro College Fund. The Guinness Book of World Records has the legend listed under Most Charities Supported by a Pop Star.