Oprah Winfrey is giving back to society! She has made efforts to help those affected by the hurricane in Peurto Rico. The donated money is also to be used to revitalize the arts.
Hurricane Maria that hit Peurto Rico in 2017 led to major damage in the country. The country is still trying to get back to where they were before the disaster struck them. In an effort to help them the people and the arts in Peurto Rico, Oprah Winfrey decided to donate $2 million. Most of the money is said to go towards helping the country and supporting the arts and the cultural programs after the devastating hurricane. The philanthropist, global leader, book club connoisseur and media mogul's generous donation is reportedly split in half to benefit two different funds and organizations. The donations were made on Monday, earlier this week. They were announced by the Hispanic Federation and the Flamboya Arts Fund, each of whom will receive $1 million.
Oprah Winfrey is known to be one of the biggest and most influential media moguls in the United States. She is well known for her advice and her show and how he takes a stand for what is right but she has earned quite a name when it comes to philanthropic work. However, this time Oprah claims that she was influenced by the effort of the Broadway superstar, Lin Manuel Miranda. The Flamboyan Arts Fund was created by Miranda and supports theatre, dance, literature, and other creative arts.
"Today, the Hispanic Federation (HF) and the Flamboyan Arts Fund announced a $2 million commitment from global media leader and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey to aid in the revitalization of Puerto Rico." pic.twitter.com/22xeF592fJ— Tonya Garcia (@tgarcianyc) April 8, 2019
"I was so moved by Lin-Manuel Miranda’s commitment to bring Hamilton to Puerto Rico and support the community that served him growing up that I wanted to join in the revitalization efforts of an island so rich in culture, beauty, and heritage," Winfrey said in a statement. "The needs of Puerto Rico and our fellow American citizens following the tragic hurricanes are still very real, and the work that has already been done by the Hispanic Federation, Flamboyan Arts Fund and other organizations on and off the island is long from over."
In an effort to raise funds for The Flamboyan Arts, the Pulitzer winner took the Broadway musical Hamilton to the island and got back into his suit as he took on the role of Alexander Hamilton for 23 shows. The shows made a profit of around $15 million, all of which was donated towards the organization. The play ran from January 11-27, 2019 and it meant that he was not in attendance at the 2019 Golden Globes, but he explained the significance of his absence in a video aired exclusively on E! before the show.
@Oprah donated $2 Million to support the arts in Puerto Rico after being inspired by @Lin_Manuel’s commitment to bring HAMILTON to Puerto Rico. Recently, @SoledadOBrien interviewed @Lin_Manuel and his father. https://t.co/zKiRq3KKa7— Matter of Fact (@matteroffacttv) April 9, 2019
"I'm so thrilled to be nominated and honored to be nominated, but I'm in Puerto Rico," he said in the clip. "I'm playing Hamilton in a production we're opening here to raise as much money as we can for artists and artistic organizations still struggling to recover in the wake of Hurricane Maria." The organization was started in 2018. The Tony award winner's parents were born on the island. Miranda was also a very vocal critic of Trump's administration efforts and their response towards helping clean up the disaster in Peurto Rico.
Oprah Winfrey donated $1 million to the Hispanic Federation's UNIDOS Disaster Relief & Recovery Program. UNIDOS helps "serve the immediate and long-term needs of families and communities in Puerto Rico" by distributing food and other necessities to those impacted by Hurricane Maria. Around 3000 people died and several others were affected after the hurricane hit Peurto Rico two years back. The reason behind Oprah's donation was to help not just the arts but also in order to help rebuild the island while also battling the food stamp crisis.
So honored to have @Oprah join us in preserving & sustaining the arts in #PuertoRico & ensuring the island thrives. Learn more about #FlamboyanArtsFund at https://t.co/rh3BWjZpSE. #FlamboyanPR @Lin_Manuel @Vegalteno @HispanicFed @FlamboyanFDN https://t.co/kGCOTxRoui— Kristin Ehrgood (@KristinEhrgood) April 8, 2019
Throughout her career, the 65-year-old has done more than just her fair share of philanthropy and inspiration. Aside from her ever-popular Oprah's Super Soul Conversations (where Miranda was once a guest), her moving speech at the 2018 Golden Globes got all her fans on the edge of the seat as she hinted at running for President at the 2020 presidency. However, she later told InStyle magazine that she was probably not ready for it. "I've always felt very secure and confident with myself in knowing what I could do and what I could not," she told the magazine. "And so it's not something that interests me. I don't have the DNA for it."