Tyrese Gibson hosted a benefit concert on Friday night (May 30) to raise awareness of the mass kidnapping of 276 Nigerian schoolgirls that has shaken the world. Titled “For Our Girls Of Nigeria” the concert, which was held at 1Oak in Los Angeles, raised money through partners including UNICEF and AfrikaFifty6 to send to the parents of the missing girls in a gesture of support and awareness.
With appearances by Ludacris, Vin Diesel, Mario, Matt Barnes and Angela Simmons, “For Our Girls” was attended by some of Hollywood’s biggest stars. The legendary Stevie Wonder also came to the event, and offered a few words to the Boko Haram group responsible for the kidnapping, which was shared via Tyrese’s Facebook page.
“Any group that represents that they are of God or of Allah, and takes a position that desecrates the very essence of what Allah and God is about, whatever religion you are, is completely unacceptable,” he said. “And any man who decides he wants to take a position by harming young children is a weak piece of shit.”
Stevie also performed the classic “My Cherie Amour” for the audience. Tyrese, Ginuwine and Tank (collectively TGT), as well as Diggy Simmons, took the stage as well. Gibson helped to raised $50,000 for the cause. He took to his Instagram following the concert:
“TONIGHT!!!!! We went beyond the SIGN!!! Showed up to send a MESSAGE!!!!!!! Stevie Wonder showed up for#OurGirls and performed and sent a MESSAGE!!!!!!!!!! Thank you to everyone who showed up tonight...... Tonight WE SENT A MESSAGE!!!!!”
Props: Hip Hollywood