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The Weeknd Donates $100,000 to Ugandan Medical Facility

The Weeknd, donated $100,000 to the Suubi Health Center, a maternity and children's medical center in Budondo, Uganda over the weekend.

DIASPORA—Ethiopian hitmaker, The Weeknd, donated $100,000 to the Suubi Health Center, a maternity and children's medical center in Budondo, Uganda over the weekend (no pun intended).


His donation will help complete construction on the first floor of the facility of the maternity clinic, reports Huffington Post.

The Grammy award winning singer donated to the cause, after his friend and fellow artist, French Montana launched his #unforgettable social media campaign in support of the Mama Hope Organization, and donated $100,000 to the Suubi Health Center to help finance incubators.

In 2016, The Weeknd donated $50,000 to help establish and Ethiopian Studies Program at the University of Toronto. That same year, the artist donated $250,000 to the Black Lives Matter Movement.

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The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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