Black News, Entertainment, Style and Culture - HuffPost Black Voices
iOS app Android app More
April 18, 2014

Governor Expands Voting Rights For Convicted Felons

Mcauliffe
Drew Angerer via Getty Images

Everything You Need To Know About Why We Celebrate Weed On 4/20

Snoop Lion Marijuana
Seth McConnell via Getty Images

UMass Basketball Player On Feeling 'Ecstatic' After Coming Out And Jason Collins' Influence

Derrick Gordon
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Frat Shut Down After Members Tied Noose To Desegregation Statue

13-Year-Old Boy Shot In The Head Has Words That Will Inspire The World

Gama Droiville
ABC7

New York Political Leader Dies

Basil Paterson
ASSOCIATED PRESS

We've All Seen These Iconic Photos. Here's The Remarkable Footage That Brings Them To Life.

Black History Month

University Of Michigan's Black Student Union Scores A Win

Black Student Union
U of M Black Student Union

7 Lies We Need To Stop Telling About Young African-American Men

Kwasi
William Floyd School District

CBO Report Finds Obama Budget Will Result In Larger Deficits Than Claimed

Barack Obama
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Meet The Preacher Behind Moral Mondays

Reverend William Barber Ii
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Half Of Americans Support Stricter Gun Laws, But Many Question Their Effectiveness

Gun
PM Images via Getty Images

How Segregation Has Crept Back Into U.S. Schools

51952105
STAFF via Getty Images

Even Babies Can Be Racially Biased

Two Multiracial Babies
JGI/Jamie Grill via Getty Images

Majority Of Americans Don't See Obama As Black

Obama Race
YURI GRIPAS via Getty Images

Blogger's Death Highlights Need To 'Redefine What Strong Is' In Black Community

Karyn Washington
For Brown Girls

WATCH
Bicyclist's Beating Caught On Helmet Cam

Beating
YouTube

Pressure Mounts To Investigate NYPD Killing Of Unarmed Black Teen

Ramarley Graham
Twitter/ChangeTheNYPD

Follow HuffPost

    1. HuffPost
    2. Black Voices
    1. HuffPost
    2. Black Voices
    1. Most Popular on HuffPost
    2. Latest News
    3. Black Voices
    4. View all RSS feeds

We Are NOT Happy About This

Scandal Finale
ABC

That Time He Got Kicked Out Of Prince's House

Tracy Morgan Prince
TBS

Greta Gerwig And Danielle Brooks On What Still Needs To Change For Women In Entertainment

Greta Gerwig Danielle Brooks
Astrid Stawiarz via Getty Images

We Can't Wait To See THIS Movie

Belle
Fox Searchlight

Once You Go Black...

Halle Berry And Olivier Martinez
Steve Granitz via Getty Images

Controversial 'Human Zoo' Will Be Reenacted 100 Years Later As Art

Village
YouTube

'The Boondocks' Is Back!

The Boondocks
Cartoon Network

That Is One Fabulous Mugshot

Porsha Williams
Fulton County Sheriff's Office

Columbus Short In His Own Scandal After Allegedly Threatening To Kill Wife

Columbus Short Wife
Jason LaVeris via Getty Images

This 'Partition' Parody Is The Best Thing We've Seen All Day

Tuition Student Loan Beyonce Partition Parody
YouTube/Chanel Carroll

Proof That 'Brown Girls Do Ballet' Too

Black Ballerinas
BrownGirlsDoBallet Instagram

Why Filmmakers Chose Nas' 'Illmatic' Over Other Classic Albums

Nas Time Is Illmatic
Theo Wargo via Getty Images

Aasif Mandvi Reflects Upon The Time A Republican Said The N-Word On TV

Aasif Mandvi Republican N Word
Comedy Central

Denzel Washington Donates $1 Million to Steve Harvey During Glitzy Gala

Comments (65)



Denzel Washington
sure knows how to make a statement.

At last night's well-heeled 1st annual Steve Harvey Foundation Gala, the two-time Academy Award-winning thespian didn't only show up to collect his award for his philanthropic efforts, he also brought his checkbook.

The recent Tony Award nominee donated $1 million to Harvey's eponymous foundation, which aims to mentor young men from underprivileged backgrounds.

"We don't usually make announcements about what we do, but we are going to put $1 million toward your organization," Washington told a stunned audience, shortly after accepting his award. "What this man and his wife are doing is too important. ... Anything we can do, I will be there. And anything we can do financially, we will do."

"We love and appreciate the work you guys are doing. Thank you for honoring me, but we came to honor you," Washington said before encouraging the audience – which included the likes of Common, Sherri Shepherd, Rev. Al Sharpton, boxing promoter Butch Lewis, Malik Yoba, BET honcho Debra Lee, Island Def Jam chief Antonio "L.A." Reid and Nicole Ari Parker– to do what they can.

On receiving Washington's donation, Harvey said, "I am stunned, but at the same time I'm not, because this gift exemplifies Denzel and [wife] Pauletta. Giving comes real easy to them and although that's surprising to a lot of people, it's not surprising to us."




The event took place at Cipriani Wall Street and was hosted by entertainer Steve Harvey and Robin Roberts of 'Good Morning America.' Sponsored by Neiman Marcus, Neiman Marcus Charitable Funds and Essence magazine, the inaugural affair also honored the groundbreaking educator Geoffrey Canada, of the Harlem Children's Zone, and Pam El, of State Farm Insurance, for their commitment to mentoring.

Grammy-winning singer Toni Braxton, who released her album 'Pulse' today, performed at the intimate event, which raised more than $1.3 million for the Steve Harvey Foundation and its mentoring programs.

"[We] are so grateful, and will use this money in the spirit it has been given -- to change the lives of young men around the world."

Hosting the inaugural Steve Harvey Mentoring Weekend for Young Men during Father's Day Weekend in 2009, Harvey brought 100 teenage boys and their guardians from around the country to his ranch in Dallas.

The program's success inspired the best-selling author and renaissance media personality to expand his mission nationwide and create 10 satellite mentoring programs this year in, among others, New York, Atlanta, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

This year's Steve Harvey Mentoring Weekend for Young Men will take place in Dallas, June 17-20, with sponsorship from American Airlines, State Farm, The Home Depot, Hillshire Farm, Glory Foods, Sam's Club, Budget, FBI, Choice Hotels, 21st Century Foundation, Soft Sheen Carson, Kentucky Fried Chicken and Kmart.

http://xml.channel.aol.com/xmlpublisher/fetch.v2.xml?option=expand_relative_urls&dataUrlNodes=uiConfig,feedConfig,entry&id=877794&pid=877793&uts=1273002674
http://cdn.channel.aol.com/cs_feed_v1_6/csfeedwrapper.swf

Steve Harvey Foundation Gala

Steve Harvey Foundation Gala

Steve Harvey Foundation Gala

Steve Harvey

Steve Harvey Foundation Gala

Marjorie Bridges Harvey, Steve Harvey and BET COO, Deborah Lee

Steve Harvey Foundation Gala

Steve Harvey

Steve Harvey Foundation Gala

Marjorie Harvey, Robin Roberts and Paulette Washington

Steve Harvey Foundation Gala

Toni Braxton and BET COO, Debra Lee

Steve Harvey Foundation Gala

Antonio 'L.A.' Reid and Erica Reid

Steve Harvey Foundation Gala

Butch Lewis, guest, Greg Mathis and Reverend Al Sharpton

Steve Harvey Foundation Gala

Robin Roberts and Steve Harvey

Steve Harvey Foundation Gala

Robin Roberts

Steve Harvey Foundation Gala

Comments: (65)

Add a comment

Page 1 of 7