How Queen Latifah is Supporting Blacks, Latinos Impacted by COVID
Queen Latifah is truly a queen.
The actress’s cousin and his wife had tested positive for COVID-19, along with their son, and now she’s using her platform to make a difference.
“As frontline workers, they were right in the crosshairs of the virus,” she told People magazine of her family, who work in a supermarket and a post office, respectively. “I’m really thankful they were able to fight it off, but this thing is serious and it’s hitting Black and Latino communities at a higher rate than white people.”
Latifah is teaming up with the American Lung Association to host its first-ever livestream benefit #Act4Impact on September 26, which will raise money for the organization’s COVID-19 Action Initiative.
The initiative aims to highlight the disproportionate effects of the pandemic on Black and Latino communities throughout the United States and to work on solutions to close the gap.
“If there’s anything we’ve seen this year, it’s that there’s some big differences in how people of color are treated in our country, whether it’s from healthcare, to policing, to this pandemic,” she said. “This fundraiser is an opportunity for regular, everyday people to get good information, get a break from the craziness of it all, but also hear from some of your favorite people.”
Of course, the star recruited some of her famous friends to participate in next week’s event, including Jimmy Fallon, Laura Dern, Whoopi Goldberg, Gabrielle Union and Dwayne Wade.
“We all have family, not everyone in our family is a celebrity or has the luxury of living somewhere with the best healthcare,” she said. “A lot of these stars are people of color, and they see how people of color have been affected or know someone who has had the virus.”
We love you, our Queen!