The 32-year-old singer has pledged the huge sum from her The Clara Lionel Foundation in collaboration with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s #StartSmall initiative, amid the coronavirus pandemic.
A statement from Rihanna’s foundation reads: “Racial injustices perpetrated by systems built to keep people safe are exacerbating the coronavirus’s mental health impact on individuals and families across the United States.
“Even as the majority of states have begun lifting restrictions in recent days, millions of Americans continue to face daunting challenges when it comes to their health, mental and economic wellbeing. (sic)”
The foundation – which the ‘Umbrella’ hitmaker set up in 2012 – pointed out the financial boost will go to organisations in Newark and Chicago “focused on addressing mental health issues, food insecurity, income loss and theneeds of individuals excluded from federal stimulus programmes”.
A statement read: “An estimated 10 million people experience domestic violence in the U.S. each year. The Los Angeles Housing Authority has determined that dozens of individuals (and their children, in many cases) are being turned away from at-capacity domestic violence shelters every week as incidents have been on the rise since the Safer at Home Order was issued in March.
“CLF and Dorsey, who have previously partnered on impact projects, knew that swift action was required and decided to address the issue together. CLF’s $2.1 million commitment follows two previous rounds of COVID-19 emergency response grants, bringing the foundation’s total to over $8 million in coronavirus-related support.”
Rihanna previously announced her Clara Lionel Foundation will give $5 million in grants to people working against Covid-19 on the frontline, and she and Jay-Z followed that up with another $1 million each to fight coronavirus.