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CELEBS GIVE BACK: Terrence J Helps In Haiti

YBF Fam, there is still a relief effort going on in Haiti.  Though the tragedy is no longer headline news, there is much to be done.  One of our YBF celebs, Terrence J,  recently sent us a letter about his own relief efforts and we have it for you when you read on...

 

 

Her sweet voice was originally what caught my attention as she walked by us on a Port Au Prince street singing Justin Beiber’s “Baby”. In the midst of such destruction and chaos, here 15-year-old Sophia was, plowing forward, taking odd jobs to support herself and her four year old brother and providing them shelter and food. Never could I have guessed that just six months ago she had lost both of her parents, and had been trapped under rubble for three days in the January earthquake that rocked Haiti.

Meeting Sophia last week made me realize just how blessed my life really is. And while I talk about issues on TV and preach to others to go out and make a difference, lately I’ve been asking myself, what am I really doing to make the world a better place?

I just got back from a three day trip to Haiti with four of my friends to see firsthand the hardship compounded by the devastation from the earthquake, lend a hand where we could, and figure out what we could do on a larger scale going forward.

The trip was nothing short of life changing. I thought I had seen poverty before, but what we saw in Haiti was on a whole different level. In a country of 9 million people, over 1.5 million (that’s 17% of the population!) were displaced by the earthquake, and the widespread damage has not much improved in the last six months.

Close to one million people are now living in extremely cramped conditions called “tent cities” all over Haiti without basic human needs – shelter, food, clean water, and the ones we take for granted – bathrooms, showers, clothing and beds.

The stalls in the cities reserved for bathing are hotbeds for rape and there are no outhouses so people just go to the bathroom right out in the open next to where they sleep. According to the directors of the tent cities whom we spoke with, there has been no food and water relief from the government and many people are starving. One of many heart breaking moments came when a pregnant woman approached us for food and we had to turn her away because we had passed out all the granola bars and trail mixes we had brought from the States. The look of defeat in her face will stay with me forever.

We drove to a plot of land three hours outside of the capital to help a private citizen named Annie from California to build two model homes, and teach the people in that tent city to build their own going forward. Like the old saying goes, “give a man a fish and he’ll eat for one night, but teach a man to fish and he’ll eat for life” However, the building supplies she shipped were being held at a port in customs. The main boss at the port was looking for a payoff and whatever she was offering clearly wasn’t enough. As a matter of fact, a lot of the supplies and aid that people have sent down for relief is being held in containers in customs, basically for ransom. As if an already poor country getting hit by a major earthquake wasn’t enough, on top of it many well intentioned relief efforts aren’t even making it to the people in need because of the blatant corruption.

There is so much to be done and I’ve been asking myself what some bigger next steps can be. So next week I'll be taking some time off 106 to travel back to Haiti and also to Europe to meet with UN leaders and ambassadors to better understand how we can help from a global perspective. One thing I can do in the interim is reach out to people via forums like this to challenge you to try to make a difference in your own communities. With a roof, food, clean water, and clothes on our backs we are more fortunate than millions. If you are reading this online you are one of the privileged. Please ask yourself, what are you giving back to the world for your blessings? You don’t have to be Oprah, Wyclef, or Angelina Jolie to make a positive impact on others. If it’s making an extra sandwich and giving it to the homeless person you always see on the subway, or volunteering with children whose parents can’t afford tutoring, you and your friends can create your own personal missions if you just try.

And take my word for it, whatever you give, whatever you donate, your interaction with people less fortunate than you will make your life that much richer. I went on this trip to help the people of Haiti, but came back feeling like they helped me. I am a better person today than I was last week. Before I did things for money, I did them for fame, I did them for the "look." Today, I’m doing this for the Sophia's of the world. Join me...
 

Terrence J

 

 

Thank you for what you are doing Terrence J.  We need more celebs giving back to the people who made them who they are.

 

 

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I SAY BIG UPS FOR ANYONE WHO

I SAY BIG UPS FOR ANYONE WHO DOES SOMETHING POS+. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK AND GOD BLESS!!!!
LUCYPEARL's picture

man this dude went to haiti

man this dude went to haiti with Jays on....$200 down the drain the kids could have alot of food with that money!
Aja's picture

I like Terrance J - he has

I like Terrance J - he has that "he's corny but cool" thing going, similar to Derwin on "The Game"....... Very good efforts, Terrance. It is good to see a young brother doing positive things for others.
Anonymous's picture

I'm proud of him.

I'm proud of him.
Opinionated's picture

awww im so proud of him . but

awww im so proud of him . but im mad at a time like this niggas rapin ppl in the bathroom . honestly ? smh .
Anonymous's picture

Yay for him...im sorry but

Yay for him...im sorry but this dude went to haiti with Jays on his feet....enough said
Aja's picture

Terrence looked like he need

Terrence looked like he need to be eaten the food instead of giving it away lol. Nah thats whats up helping out good looking Terrence the Michael Baisden featured www.theblackcouple.com
Anonymous's picture

I used to think TJ was super

I used to think TJ was super corny, but I can't deny he's a sweetie for doing this. I would LOVE to go down there & volunteer myself. What sweetie and some food for thought about helping out in our own communities, as well. :-)
Truth's picture

I applaud Terrance!

I applaud Terrance!
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Now if only we can get that

Now if only we can get that Cash Money, Young Money, specifically Baby that's blowing millions on cars. I wish they would go down there when Wayne gets out. Talk about publicity.
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Exactly, Nia!

Exactly, Nia!
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He's a cutie with a heart

He's a cutie with a heart
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are you kidding me why would

are you kidding me why would he send a letter with pics to a media outlet then in all the photos everyone else looks like they just work a 12 hour shift all sweetie and mr T not even breakin a sweat white t looking mighty chrisp for doing relif work You do good deeds to feel good on the inside they should not be photo ops Have you ever seen a photo op with Mother Teresa?
Anonymous's picture

Actually mother teresa had a

Actually mother teresa had a lot of photo ops, how the hell else do you think she gained so much fame for being the humanitarian that she was, do you think the word just spread without media input at all? No sorry, it was through the media that her inspirational story got out. Terrance J needs the media outlet to inspire kids and others to go out in their own communities and do some service work, if people didn't know he was there, kids would never think that their role models do things like this and would therefore never do those things themselves.
Anonymous's picture

It's called raising

It's called raising awareness. If he didn't do this we wouldn't know the conditions in Haiti and a lot of us would just assume that all the donations we've made to the people of Haiti are helping them right now.
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Keep it up

Keep it up Terrence! °°°GuAdElOuPe°°° French West Indies, baby!
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good good

good good
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That's a beautiful thing.

That's a beautiful thing.
thisizkim's picture

What people need to remember

What people need to remember is that some celebs are charitable and others are humanitarians. Neither one cancels the other. Some celebs will allow their status to be used to raise funds. And make a charitable donation, and that it. And other celebs have a personal interest in who and what they support over the long haul. As long as their contributions help those in needs, then thats the best we can ask for.
Anonymous's picture

If you really wanna help

If you really wanna help people why do you go there and pose for pics? I hate all these humanitarian hoes. People that really help from the heart don't need any credibility. Stop this nonsense *KMT* kmdt*
Anonymous's picture

you an idiot, were you there

you an idiot, were you there for the 3 days that he was there?! so what if he wanted to document his life changing trip! If i went to Haitii I would take loads of photos and try to spread the word about the crisis there to as many people as possible. actually his publicising his trip will actually draw attention to the Haiti crisis which most people have forgotten about. He is setting an example. Stop being so negative!
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at least put some dirth on

at least put some dirth on your lily white shirt or sprinkle some water on your face so u can actually look like you doing work and not just posing....SC do what you have to do, what's important is that it is coming from the heart
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WHat a shame the gov't is

WHat a shame the gov't is holding supplies from their own people...some of their own family members could be in that disaster. too bad the people can't just mob up and take it
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Great to see...and not to

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I am so proud of Terrence

I am so proud of Terrence J....I wish that I can go back to my homeland to help with relief efforts...He is being an example of what a man is suppose to do for those who are not able to do for themselves...I was touched by the youtube video him and his friends have of their trip to Haiti...I am so ready to get my Foundation up & running to raise money for Haiti...I give you much props Terrence J!!!! Job well done...
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SC - maybe you weren't

SC - maybe you weren't 'fabulous' enough... or maybe the site's owner/author was too busy counting ad revenue to care.
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I also mentioned to you that

I also mentioned to you that I was going to Haiti and needed help with my fundraising and asked you to help post something for my fundraising page..but no one cared or helped...how come when a celebrity does it everyone suddenly cares, but when the "regular people" everyone is referring to tries to help, we get no help??
SC.'s picture

Don't worry about people

Don't worry about people wanted to ait your charitable work...Continue to do it from the heart and soul...As long as thepeople you are helping are satisfied then you should be as well..I have my own foundation for Haiti and Im wanting to go to help...So I will continue to do what I can from South Carolina...Keep your head up and continue to do what you are doing for the people of Haiti
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I like to see us doing the

I like to see us doing the right thing for each-other. Good Look Terrance. Very Inspiring images.
Tamisha (no need for anonymity)'s picture

It's all a ploy to get more

It's all a ploy to get more attention...he has a HUGE ego and feels some kinda way about all the publicity that his co-host Rocsi receives! If he wasn't doing it for attention then WHY IN THE HELL would he send in the pictures to YBF?????????? To get exposure... But regardless of his intentions, still a good thing to give back.
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Tamisha (no need for anonymity)'s picture

You all are focusing on the

You all are focusing on the wrong damn thing! Smh, about to get me upset. This man just shed light on the bigger tragedy of the situation, which is the fact that despite all of our efforts, Haiti people are not receiving the donations because the middle man wants to fatten his pockets!? Now why hasn't the US gone over there to whip some tail and handle THAT situation?
CherryBomb7's picture

yes where is all the money

yes where is all the money people donated?? America only build terrorists countries so they have an excuse to go to war, America should be there helping Haiti recover. Hell they still aint rebuild New Orleans.
Island Gyal's picture

*only rebuild

*only rebuild
Island Gyal's picture

TJ doing good deeds.

TJ doing good deeds.
Miss GQ's picture

Well, I think its good for

Well, I think its good for him to be helping haiti, a lot of work needs to be done still. Now my only thing is, who and why would they send him to haiti, I mean, the guy doesnt sing, rap or act, he just host that stupid show thats been faded.
Im ready's picture

You don't need to be an

You don't need to be an important "person" in the entertainment business to want to help Haiti.
Anonymous's picture

You don't have to "sing, rap,

You don't have to "sing, rap, or act" to contribute. By the way, in the letter, he says that he and his friends chose to go - no one "sent" them. Good grief! Can people give back without other tearing them down?! Do you Bruh, because as we can see, people will talk regardless.
Anonymous's picture

^others

^others
Anonymous's picture

YALL GONE BASH RIHANNA NO

YALL GONE BASH RIHANNA NO MATTER WHAT SO BITE ME. RIHANNA BEEN DOING CHARITY WORK FOR YEARS-THIS LAME JUST DESPERATE FOR ATTENTION-SO BITE ME!AND NO TIME FOR ARGUING WITH SUCKERS! HAVE A GREATTT DAY!TERRANCE AND HIS PUBLICITY STUNTS-JUST LIKE THE WOMAN BEATER.TOO FUNNY!
Anonymous's picture

what the hell Rihanna have to

what the hell Rihanna have to do with all of this? Psycho!
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