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A Philadelphia Barber Was Told He Couldn't Give Free Haircuts To The Homeless

"I told him I wouldn’t shut down until I got more information”

In 2017, Brennon Jones made headlines with a thoughtful act of kindness. The Philadelphia native began giving the city's homeless people free haircuts. The loving act merited praise online, from Mayor Jim Kenney, and Philadelphia's City Hall which granted him permission to set up provisional barbershops on the street.

However, on April 14 of this year Jones, now 30, says he was approached by an officer who demanded he "shut down immediately" without any justification. Jones refused.

"I told him I wouldn’t shut down until I got more information,” Jones said. “The whole initiative is built around the homeless. I don’t just give them haircuts — I feed them, I clothe them and provide them with toiletries as well.”

A cellphone recording of the encounter has since gone viral and been viewed more than 700,000 times.

The officer eventually continued on but left Jones rattled. “I was a little fearful,” he tells PEOPLE. “At the time … I was cutting my fifth person.”

A statement from the Philadelphia police alleges residents in the area complained about the leftover hair. The cops say Jones wasn't told to shut down but to simply move “due to complaints from businesses about loose hair on the street.”

Jones doesn't buy it and insists he has someone with him to clean up the hair after he's done with his haircut.

“I feel as though that may have just been their excuse to clear their name,” the barber says. “[The officer] didn’t say they’d receive any complaints, he didn’t say there was hair blowing, he just said, ‘You have to shut down immediately.’ ”

Jones has been cutting hair for a while and reportedly works from 11 AM to sunset and can be found between 8th and Market. Despite the unsettling interaction with the cops, Jones says he won't stop.

“Issues come and go. It may be the cops one day. It may be somebody else the next day,” Jones says. “I won’t let it discourage me in any way … I’m just focused on providing a service for the less fortunate.”

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Megan Thee Stallion Donates Supplies To A Houston Nursing Facility

Megan Thee Stallion is lending a helping hand to the elderly of "Space City."

On Tuesday (April 7), the "Hot Girl" coach announced that she has joined forces with Amazon Music to donate money, devices, and other supplies to the Park Manor Skilled Nursing Facility located in Houston, TX.

"What's up Hotties, it's Megan Thee Stallion, aka the hot girl coach," Megan said in an Instagram post. "I have teamed up with Amazon Music just to donate some supplies, and some money and some Fire tablets to the residents and the staff at the Park Manor Skilled Nursing Home in Houston, TX, my hometown, my city. Just because it’s important to lend out a helping hand at this time and just show everybody that’s still working that we support them. And, to support our grandparents at this time."

 

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Hey hotties I partnered w/ @amazonmusic 2 support Park Manor Skilled Nursing Facility in Houston Texas🤘🏽 Its so important to #stayhome ! #realhotgirlshit

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Megan joins a long list of celebrities who have donated finances and supplies to several organizations. The likes of Jay Z, Meek Mill, Elton John, Rihanna, Laday Gaga, Quavo, G-Eazy, Ciara, Russel Wilson, Miley Cyrus, Cody Simpson, and many others have chipped to help battle the deadly COVID-19.

The world needs us ALL. Unprecedented times. @DangeRussWilson & I are supporting our community in Seattle by donating 1 million meals with Seattle @FoodLifeLine https://t.co/3FlJi9GU2G Rally & support your local food bank @FeedingAmerica Let’s all keep the Faith during this time pic.twitter.com/kqwkuh50pi

— Ciara (@ciara) March 18, 2020

Proud to have donated to support #AmericasFoodFund, a new initiative directly supporting @FeedingAmerica & @WCKitchen to feed those in need & impacted by #COVID19. Thankful for my friends @leodicaprio @laurenepowell and @apple for putting this together. ❤️ https://t.co/jTxd4WjrgA

— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) April 2, 2020

Today, I’m proud to announce that my Foundation @EJAF is launching a $1million COVID-19 Emergency Fund to make sure that our frontline partners can respond to the effects of COVID-19 on HIV care for the most marginalised communities around the world. pic.twitter.com/g4wh9dnd3d

— Elton John (@eltonofficial) April 4, 2020

 

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Tacos for the incredible healthcare workers at our local hospital! So grateful for these true legends of our time dedicating their lives to battling this pandemic. Show some love to yours in your community!

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In other Stallion news, the Houston native recently graced the cover of Marie Claire magazine, and released a lyric video for her single "Savage," a song from her latest effort, Suga.

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Cast of 'Hamilton' Surprises Young Fan On John Krasinski's 'Good News Network' Show

John Krasinski has brought smiles to The Office Fans with the launch of his creative Some Good News show on YouTube but the actor took things to another level by reuniting the original cast of Hamilton to surprise a nine-year-old girl.

Aired late Sunday (April 5), Krasinski welcomed Aubrey to the show after her parents shared how their daughter watched Emily Blunt's Mary Poppins Returns after she was unable to fly to New York to see Hamilton on Broadway. While social distancing is a brief new normal, Blunt who is married to Krasinski popped into their Zoom interview to surprise Aubrey.

But the good news didn't stop there. Krasinski then promised Aubrey he would fly her family to New York to see Hamilton once Broadway opens its doors. And miraculously, he managed to reunite the entire cast where they performed "Alexander Hamilton."

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Daveed Diggs, Okieriete Onaodowan, Leslie Odom Jr., Anthony Ramos, Jonathan Groff and more shocked the 9-year-old, who was left speechless during the performance.

Elsewhere in the broadcast, Krasinski shared good news from around the world, including many fans making their own version of the show. Robert De Niro also shares the weather in a very De Niro kind of way.

Krasinski, who also stars alongside Blunt in The Quiet Place, created the Some Good News show to prove positive news always wins. His first guest was none other than Steve Carell with the two talking about the 15th anniversary of the iconic Office series.

Enjoy the good news above.

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Drake attends the "Top Boy" UK Premiere at Hackney Picturehouse on September 04, 2019 in London, England.
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Drake Takes ‘Architectural Digest’ On Tour Of His Toronto Manor

In his hometown of Toronto, Canada, Drake is living life like a king within his expansive and glitzy manor. The 50,000 square-foot home, or “The Embassy,” is a source of infinite “high luxury” from his 3,200-square-foot master bedroom to a basketball court on par with the NBA’s hardwood.

“Because I was building it in my hometown, I wanted the structure to stand firm for 100 years,” Drake said in a profile by Architectural Digest for its May issue. “I wanted it to have a monumental scale and feel. It will be one of the things I leave behind, so it had to be timeless and strong.”

Part of the design was spearheaded by interior designer Ferris Rafauli. Describing the final product of the entire mansion as “modern Art Deco,” Rafauli was able to install eye-catching marble to customizing a grand piano through the artistry of Bösendorfer and artist Takashi Murakami.

“In form, materials, and execution, the structure is a proper 19th-century limestone mansion. But the exterior profiles are more minimal and the lines are a bit cleaner,” Rafauli said. “This isn’t stucco, paint, and fake gold. That’s not what Drake wanted, and that’s not what I do.”

 

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@archdigest @ferrisrafauli

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Near the beginning of April, Drake released the visuals for his new dance song “Toosie Slide.” It was shot inside his home as the world is under social distancing orders, serving as a walk-through of where he lays his head equipped with a fireworks show in his backyard if you can even refer to that amount of land as such.

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