Category: charity

Keith Haring, Andy Warhol, and Jean-Michel Basquiat at Warhol’s studio at 860 Broadway in New York City on April 23, 1984.

John Lennon and Yoko Ono

donating their hair to

Michael X on the roof of Black House in Holloway Road, London on February 4, 1970 

London-based activist Michael X, reached out to John and Yoko after they made headlines for paying fines incurred by anti-apartheid activists who interrupted a rugby match between Scotland and South Africa. Inspired by the gesture, Michael asked John and Yoko to support the Black House, a home for disadvantaged youth in London. Having recently cut off their hair, they offered to exchange it for a pair of Muhammad Ali’s boxing shorts The hair was intended to be auctioned off to support the Black House and the shorts being sold to raise money for John and Yoko’s peace campaign. 

John and Yoko’s donation didn’t seem to have much impact. The Beatles Bible notes that there was never any proof that they put their own proceeds toward the peace campaign, and the Black House closed before the end of 1970, later burning down “in mysterious circumstances.”

Michael X, was later arrested for extortion following the Black House’s destruction (John Lennon paid his bail) and ultimately fleeing to his native Trinidad, where he started a commune that also burned in 1972. Investigators discovered corpses buried in shallow graves on the site, and he was hanged in 1975.

Aaliyah at the Urban Aid 4 Lifebeat event in New York on October 4, 1995.

Randy Jackson,

Jackie Jackson,

Marlon Jackson, Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson

meet with Mayor William Donald Schaefer

and visit a local hospital in Baltimore, 1975.


Keith Haring photographed by Yann Gamblin

in his studio, October 1989. 

In 1988, Haring was diagnosed with AIDS. The following year, he created the Keith Haring Foundation to support children’s programs and organizations dedicated to raising AIDS awareness. Haring died in New York on February 16, 1990, of AIDS-related complications. He was 31 years old.




Princess Diana

and Prince Charles

during his Bad Tour at Wembley Stadium in London on July 16, 1988.

Jackson presented Britain’s Prince and Princess of Wales with gifts before his third sell-out concert. Princess Diana is holding one of the gifts, a Bad tour jacket. He also donated $450,000 dollars to the Prince’s Trust.


Michael Jackson and wife Lisa Marie Presley

welcome 46 children from 17 countries for the World Summit of Children at Neverland Valley Ranch on April 18, 1995.

Andy Warhol, Grace Jones, Keith Haring, Yoko Ono,

Kenzo, and Azzedine Alaia during ‘The World’s Largest Photo Session’ To Benefit The American Foundation For AIDS Research at Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City on April 29, 1986.

Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston attend the United Negro College Fund’s 46th Annual Awards Dinner on March 8, 1990 in New York.

Whitney Houston was presented with the UNCF’s Frederick D. Patterson Award for her support of black colleges. She raised a quarter of a million dollars at a benefit concert for the UNCF and had participated in many UNCF programs.