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After settling in at home from a beautiful trip to South Africa and India, I am still in awe that 7.1 BILLION dollars was raised to aid Global Citizen in its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty. I’d like to give my praise and respect to all the speakers, performers, and volunteers who donated their time to contribute to making positive change. Every person in the audience at FNB Stadium earned a seat because they generously donated their time to help their community. Now their efforts and the money raised will help improve education, healthcare, sanitation, women’s rights, and countless other causes for millions across the globe. I felt so much positivity and pride in the audience at Global Citizen: Mandela 100. Madiba, Johannesburg, and all of my African sisters and brothers, we hope we made you as proud as you all make us. South Africa was an extraordinary trip for me and my family. God bless. If you would like to become a Global Citizen you can get more info at globalcitizen.org
Fresh from South Africa and feeling all the family holiday feels, Queen B took to her Instagram feed to share with her fanbase just how much of an impact they are across the Globe. How Queen of her, right? We love her and her husband more when they make it seem so like they are just floating through all of the greatness. The couple just completed their second installment of their OTR2 tour. The Carter’s continue to make their business and legacy marks across the World and helping Black creatives break ground here in the States.
In the last few years of her career B has gone literally out of her way to make sure certain voices are being lifted up above the conversations about diversity and inclusivity. She helped a Black photographer land her the September fashion bible cover of Vogue Magazine. She hired young French designer Olivier Rousteing to design the assembly performance of this year’s Coachella Music Festival. The line has now turned into a staple to the Balmain family. I’m always in awe of her power moves.
She was serving looks as well:
Photos courtesy of JustJared.com
More About The Global Citizen Festival
On 2 December, 2018, Global Citizen brought together its largest contingency of heads of state, dignitaries, a group of the world’s most talented artists and influencers, and thousands of global citizens to celebrate the centenary of Nelson Mandela.
A poignant series of drawings by Nelson Mandela, called the Struggle series, served as an inspiration for the festival. The drawings of Mandela’s hands represent not only the story of his life but also the story of his country. They depict his hands in five positions representing: struggle, imprisonment, freedom, unity and the future. They also depict the motivation behind actions that Global Citizens have been taking this year to see the end to extreme poverty in our lifetime.
Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 set a historic stage for not only donor countries but also for African countries standing up for his hope for the future, making sure that Africa was standing up and getting its voice heard.
Global Citizen surpassed its goal for commitments of USD $1 billion by seven times, with commitments from the World Bank, Vodacom, PEPFAR, Cisco, the government of South Africa and not to mention co-hosts of Mandela 100, the Motsepe Foundation. These donations alone added $5.4 billion on top of projected new commitments.