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God’s Plan for Drake in Philanthropy

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God’s Plan for Drake in Philanthropy

Drake’s recent philanthropic contribution to the city of Miami and its schools has encouraged and challenged others to help one another in whatever ways possible (Courtesy of Pixabay).

Drake’s recent philanthropic contribution to the city of Miami and its schools has encouraged and challenged others to help one another in whatever ways possible (Courtesy of Pixabay).

Drake’s recent philanthropic contribution to the city of Miami and its schools has encouraged and challenged others to help one another in whatever ways possible (Courtesy of Pixabay).

Drake’s recent philanthropic contribution to the city of Miami and its schools has encouraged and challenged others to help one another in whatever ways possible (Courtesy of Pixabay).

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Recently, Drake, the well-known Toronto rapper, has stolen the stage with his number one song on the Billboard Top 100, “God’s Plan.” The music video exhibits the good deeds the rapper committed in the city of Miami. Drake made it clear at the beginning of the video that the budget for the production was $996,631.90 and was all given to charity. The purpose of this gesture could be seen in many different ways.

“I think celebrities donating to charity is an amazing thing, but I think that the only reason people would ever openly donate to charity is for attention and to make themselves look good. I don’t think that people seeing a celebrity donate to charity will influence others to donate more; it’s just a way to improve their image. The few times I have seen people give to charity, they always make sure that everyone else knows about it,” says junior Mason Acheé.

However, others may think that the very nature of the public display of solidarity to those in need could mean more than publicity and fame. Many artists have donated thousands upon thousands of dollars regardless of people’s opinions on why they do so. For example, Chancellor Bennett, or Chance the Rapper, gave a hefty check to the schools of Chicago when there was a funding issue. Chance the Rapper openly declared this $1 million donation in a press conference and received much praise for it.

“I think giving to a charity is always a good thing. Celebrities who announce what they’re doing on a daily basis seek attention, and I think it is the same thing with charities. They want the publicity. Whatever celebrities do, the public finds out sooner or later anyway,” says senior Jordan Steele

Those who dislike the methods that celebrities acknowledge their contribution to society argue that some tactics come off as prideful and hypocritical. Some people oppose celebrities that do not deserve their fame and are overrated or even talentless. This point of view towards those types of famous people attests to an inability to buy fans with good deeds.

“I think that ‘God’s Plan’ is the same as the other ways celebrities…make themselves seem ‘good.’ Showing themselves donating money in a music video is just the same as posting pictures on social media and in magazines of them donating to charity. I think that most people will think of Drake as a better human, but the frequency of people donating to charity will remain the same. Providing to charity is a good thing, but I don’t think that can really influence how someone thinks of someone…I am glad that they do it, but I would still continue to dislike them,” says Acheé.

Some cases may change a distasteful view of someone famous to a more empathetic one. For example, celebrities around the country donated to the Hurricane Harvey Relief efforts, one of them being Drake himself. The rapper donated about $200,000 to the J.J. Watts Relief Fund, giving back to the Houston residents that suffered through the disastrous incident in 2017. Drake also donated $20,000 to the City of Miami Fire Department and handed out stacks of $100 bills to families in need. He even allowed a handful of people to purchase anything from a grocery store. Efforts to help in education in Miami were also noted as he donated $50,000 toward a high school student’s college tuition after reading her story

“I think it has changed everyone’s perspective of [Drake] because he has now created a voice to bring help towards the people who need it most. Also, it shows that kindness can go a long way and that it can impact other lives for the greater good,” says sophomore Clara Cianfarano.

In ways one may not imagine, celebrities helping out in communities impacts all who experience the effects first hand. There are those who have benefited from donations by Rihanna’s foundation that supports others by giving grants for education and health. Similarly, the $1 million donations by Taylor Swift supported the recovery efforts of those affected in Louisiana after horrible flooding in 2016.

“I think it’s good they do it on the down low so they won’t get attention. I don’t think they do it for attention. Drake possibly made this music video so other artists could see what he did and try to do something very similar, and it could help some people out. It will impact others by showing them that someone with a lot of money donated to people in need and that might make them want to do that too,” says senior Joseph Orlandino.

With all the good being spread in the country, one can only hope to see a chain reaction, regardless of socioeconomic status. The message instilled in Drake’s video can be argued, but he definitely left a mark in those people’s lives. His decision in making a completely different kind of video shows the dedication to the hope and need of people with fewer resources and opportunities than he has.

“I was taught to do acts of kindness no matter what, if others knew or not. Regarding celebrities donating openly, I feel that it ultimately depends on the person’s own motives to donate to charities. If they are doing it to show off, then they are extremely foolish. However, their head is in the right place if they are trying to set a good example and make the world aware of charities in need. Because there is no way to know what one’s true motives are, there is no way to determine why celebrities donate openly. Yet, living in this day and age prompts many to do acts of kindness just because others are always watching,” says senior Hannah Clarke.

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