ABOVE PHOTO: Tina Knowles Lawson (Photo: Kathy Hutchins / shutterstock)
By Florence Anthony
According to reports, Beyonce and her mother, Tina Knowles Lawson, have set up free mobile coronavirus testing in their hometown of of Houston, Texas for Mother’s Day weekend. The campaign launched on May 8 and continue throughout the weekend. The superstar songstress’s Beygood Foundation will provide 1,000 test kits, as well as face masks, gloves, vitamins and household supplies to Houstonians. The test is free and administered under safe conditions, as participants will never have to exit their vehicles…….
Speaking of mothers and daughters teaming up to do positive things to celebrate Mother’s Day, for over a year talented artist Mira Gandy has been working on creating an arts organization that would serve as a legacy to her mother, legendary Tony award-winning producer/press agent Irene Gandy. In March, COVID-19 invaded the world, putting everyone’s lives on pause. Mira moved from her duplex in Harlem to her mother’s Greenwich Village pied a terre to ensure Irene’s safety while sheltering in place. As the quarantine went from March into present time, the mother/daughter duo came up with the idea of The Gandy Art House. To commemorate Mother’s Day, on May 9 and 10, at 3 pm on Zoom, The Gandy Art House will be launched. On May 9, the event will present “Mom & Me- The Art Experience.” On May 10, the program will be “Art & Groove: The Mom Edition.” To register for the weekend, email [email protected] or visit miragandyart.com…….
Rap legend Doug E Fresh has teamed up with Oscar winning actor Jamie Foxx, The Neighborhood’s Cedric the Entertainer, American Idol winner Jordin Sparks and 30-plus A-list names in entertainment, sports and business to spark a movement in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. “20 Seconds or More” is a star-studded music video from Hip Hop Public Health to inspire young people how vital it is to wash your hands. Hip Hop Public Health was founded by Doug E Fresh and Dr. Olajide Williams, head of neurology at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. Check out the “20 Seconds or More” video on YouTube or download the song on Apple Music or Spotify……….
The collaboration between R&B icon, Charlie Wilson and multi-Grammy winner Bruno Mars, “Forever Valentine,” (P Music Group BMG), has hit number one on the Billboard Adult R&B chart and Mediabase Urban Adult Contemporary chart. The music video for the song, celebrates multiple generations of love with a wedding and dance party. In addition to several talk shows, Wilson performed “Forever Valentine” on “Saving Our Selves! A BET Covid-19 Relief Effort,” which aired on April 22, raising more than $16 million in relief funds……