Queen Latifah has announced that she will work with the American Lung Association to get her first livestream benefit, # Act4Impact, where she will be the host. The event, at which money is collected for the ALA COVID-19 initiative, will take place on September 26th.
People report that Latifah was drawn to take action after seeing firsthand the effects of the novel coronavirus when her cousin and wife tested positive for the virus and their son intercepted it as well.
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As front-line workers, they were right in the crosshairs of the virus, ”Latifah revealed to the people. "I'm really grateful they were able to fight it off, but this matter is serious and affects the black and Latin American communities more often than the whites."
# Act4Impact will have a high-profile roster including Dwyane Wade, Jimmy Fallon, Whoopi Goldberg, Gabrielle Union and Laura Dern. Latifah also revealed to people that she could recruit people because they understand the situation. "We all have families, not everyone in our family is celebrity or has the luxury of living with the best of health care anywhere," she said. "Many of these stars are colored people, and they see people of color affected or know someone who had the virus."
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There is still no final word on what # Act4Impact will be made up of so far, but People outlines that the initiative will focus on black and Latin American communities and work on solutions to the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on those groups by "distributing free cloth masks advocates for accessible, affordable coronavirus and flu vaccines and investment in respiratory research and other programs. "