50 Cent to Donate Gaddafi Performance Proceeds to Charity
By Lora Neng
WWW.STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER
March 11, 2011
Curtis James Jackson III, aka 50 Cent, joins the train of musicians who are turning over their earnings from concerts for the Gaddafi family in to charity. When WikiLeaks exposed the concert fees received by celebrities from the coffers of Muammar Gaddafi’s regime in February, members of the music industry and the public at large put pressure on the performers to use the “blood money” they accepted for social good.
Beyonce donated her private party fees at Nikki Beach St. Barts on New Year’s Eve 2009 to the Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund. Usher forwarded a sum of money to Amnesty International, who said they would use it to “support this urgent work to counter the brutal conditions like those imposed by Gaddafi and other leaders across the Middle East.” Mariah Carey, who allegedly received $1 million from Gaddafi, said, “We need to be more aware and take more responsibility regardless of who books our shows. Ultimately, we as artists are to be held accountable.” Her representative stated that all proceeds from the song “Save the Day” will be donated to various human rights initiatives, the recipients are as of yet undisclosed.
Fox News reports that “In light of the ongoing events in Libya, 50 Cent will be making a donation to UNICEF, which is providing vital relief supplies to meet the needs of women and children at risk during this crisis” from the proceeds of a 2005 Venice Film Festival. Heavy fighting and air-strikes continue to rack up civilian casualties in the conflict of Libyan rebels attempting to overthrow the country’s dictator.
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