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Usher, Tyrese, Jeezy, Future And Ludacris Donate $25K Each During Annual UNCF Gala

The Atlanta Mayor's Masked Ball raised over a $1 million. 

The United Negro College Fund's 33rd annual Atlanta Mayor's Masked Ball on Saturday (Dec. 17), was a major success. Future, Usher, Tyrese, and Jeezy, were among the night’s donors, giving $25,000 a piece to the long-running organization, Complex reports.

The “premiere fundraising gala” seeks to bring awareness to the “needs and benefits” of higher education, and“ the students UNCF serves and the contributions of historically black colleges and universities.”

Future donated $25,000 through his Free Wishes Foundation, while Tyrese's $25,000 donation (on behalf of UNICEF) was quickly matched by his music peers, including Ludacris.

"Last night in conjunction with UNICEF, I proudly jumped out there and donated [$25,000] and my brother Usher didn't even blink and marched it," Tyrese wrote on Instagram. "Then my guy @jeezy jumped out there [$25,000] and everyone else in the room felt like that had to step it up!!!! Then I got a text message from my brother @ludacris who jumped out there and matched us at [$25,000] it was just amazing ."

Aside from bringing over $1 million, this year's gala brought together a mix of celebrities, civic leaders, dignitaries, UNCF alumni and more.

See photos below.

Tonight @future and our foundation donated $25,000 to @uncf at the 33rd Annual Mayor's Masked Ball! #FreeWishesFoundation

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Black Excellence 👑

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The Mayors ball with @gabunion and @themichaelealy

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33rd Annual UNCF Mayor's Masked Ball @usher #Usher #MayorsBall #Atlanta #UNCF

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Just wanna send some love to the Mayor of Atlanta who I don't think will ever ever understand how much he means to me and those who he ALWAYS goes out of his way to support and show love to.... The good word says GIVE and shall be given unto you..... As much as you give and look out and continue to show up for others last night we wanted to show up for you!!! We raised MILLION at the Atlanta Masquerade #MAYORSBALL last night in conjunction with UNICEF I proudly jumped out there and donated 25,000 and my brother Usher didn't even blink and marched it.... 25,000 then my guy @jeezy jumped out there 25,000 and everyone else in the room felt like that had to step it up!!!! Then I got a text message from my brother @ludacris who jumped out there and matched us at 25,000 it was just amazing and MILLIONS OF DOLLARS was raised and we're going to put our angles through college......... I did it for the kids, @kasimreed keep doing WHAT you do good brother when I say I got your back it's not just words!!!!!! We're supposed to be inspired by our friends and you inspire me...... You represent what's possible if you work hard and weather storms..... To everyone in the room you guys are ANGELS for being willing to reach in your pockets and give your hard earned money to those who needed it the most!!!!!! "The mind is a terrible thing to waste"...... @unicef @unicefusa some folks just do it for the Gram.... We all stepped UP and did it for real.!!!! To God be all the glory......

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The 25-track album features appearances from Nicki Minaj, Kid Cudi, FKA Twigs, Roddy Ricch, Jhené Aiko, Kehlani, 6lack, Young Thug, Music Soulchild, Skrillex, Quavo, Anderson Paak, Post Malone, Kanye West, and more.

Powered by previously released singles, “Ego Death,” Expensive” and By Yourself,” the new album flexes a different music muscle for the Grammy-nominated recording artists who steered clear of  making club records.

“I was intentionally trying to not make club songs [talking about] hoes and *itches and all the sh*t I used to talk about,” Ty told Vulture in a recent interview. “I was trying to, like, talk about my life, and what it is now, and really do something different with it. I got a daughter going to high school this year, and she’s paying attention, and all her friends are paying attention, so I can’t talk as crazy or do the crazy sh*t that I used to do.”

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Kehlani Plays Bryson Tiller’s Love Interest In “Always Forever” Video

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The stunning visual, directed by Glenn Michael of Toronto’s Kid Studio, is a creative take on how a relationship can become your entire universe. Tyler and Kehlani cuddle up, kiss, and hold hand in the steamy visual, prompting some fans to question the chemistry between the two. They might look pretty cozy, but Kehlani and Tiller are just friends (Tiller welcomed a child with girlfriend Kendra Bailey last year).


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🌎🎥💫Thanks Guys. #alwaysforever @kidstudio_ @ichiki @kehlani

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Kehlani shared some close-up stills from the music video on Instagram along with a message thanking Tiller for being a “solid” friend. “To one of my dearest friends…matching tattoos, years worth of stories, nights of dying laughter and holding each other down in the roughest times…I’m so proud of you. Thank you for being solid.”

The post was deleted after fans in the comments continued to speculate if the two were an item. Kehlani shared a follow-up message on her Instagram Story explaining in part, “I post lengthy captions about all my friends. You would have to follow me to know that.”


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#Roommates, #Kehlani explains her previous message to #BrysonTiller. (SWIPE for previous post)

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Jeezy Seemingly Challenges T.I. To A Verzuz Battle

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Without directly naming Tip, Jeezy posted a cryptic video message on Instagram on Wednesday (Oct. 21) subtly calling out his potential rival. “I don’t know what you’re avoiding me for. I’ll tell you what though, since it means that much to you put a date on it,” said Jeezy.

Tip jokingly replied in the comments, “Could this long time constituent of mine be referring to me???”


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PUT A DATE ON IT ☃️ @therealswizzz @timbaland @verzuztv

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The Verzuz battle isn’t confirmed just yet but fans are already excited at the thought of two of ATL’s finest going toe-to-toe. In the meantime, Swizzy and Timbaland are still prepping the lineup for Verzuz season two, and revealed that Busta threw his hat in the ring. “He’s ready for any type of Verzuz action coming his way,” Swizzy told Jimmy Fallon.

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— Busta Rhymes (@BustaRhymes) October 21, 2020

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“I didn’t know we were reaching back through generations. That’s a huge generational gap there isnt it? I have a huge amount of respect for you,” noted Tip. “An exponential amount of respect.”

Watch his full response to Busta below.

TI declines Busta Rhymes’ #Verzuz Battle challenge due to generational gap 👀🤔👀 via: @hiphopdx pic.twitter.com/n9nLyNBF5c

— 935 KDAY (@935KDAY) October 22, 2020

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