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In the wake of the protests following the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, as well as the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that is disproportionately affecting Black-owned small businesses, Bethenny Frankel is making a difference with her disaster relief initiative, B Strong.
The Real Housewives of New York City alum announced her plan to provide relief to Black-owned businesses on Twitter, noting, “B Strong will donate cash cards to Black-owned businesses who have suffered. Our goal is to start w a small number of 100 businesses. My goal was 20k coronakits, and we did $18m, so let’s dream big,” adding the hashtag “this is a cultural crisis.”
Just 14 hours after posting her initial tweet, Bethenny shared an update on the status of the initiative.
“B Strong will reach our goal of funds for 100 businesses today. Money is FLYING in!” she wrote in a tweet. Bethenny also added that after the first 100 businesses have received their cash cards, another 100 will be supported.
Bethenny is not the only Bravolebrity who has used their platform for good this week. The Real Housewives of Atlanta cast member Porsha Williams has been participating in peaceful protests in Atlanta. Her fiancé, Dennis McKinley, has offered to help protestors with bail and legal aid. Million Dollar Listing New York broker Ryan Serhant has paused his real estate business, The Serhant Team, which made a donation to Black Lives Matter and pledged to personally match individual donations of up to $5,000 per person.
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