Back in September, Nuyorican MC Princess Nokia announced an independent disaster relief fund aimed at supporting Puerto Rico’s recovery from the devastating aftermath of Hurricane María. Joining many of the musicians and celebrities who launched initiatives, today, Nokia announced the results of the crowdfunding campaign on Instagram. The rapper, born Destiny Frasqueri, raised a total of $15,000 for seven community organizations, which include Tainas Unidas, the Maria Fund, Resilient Power P.R., Fondoder Resiliencia PR, Finca Concencia de Vieques, UPROSE Brooklyn, and Colectiva Feminista PR. Each organization will be receiving a $3,000 donation.
In the post, Nokia explains that the remaining $1,000 donation will fund her to-be-announced volunteer trip to Puerto Rico, “for access to reliable resources and direct community donating.” Nokia has proudly celebrated her Boricua roots since the inception of her career, so a volunteer trip seems like a natural evolution – though her Puerto Rico-based fans are still eagerly awaiting her island debut.
Though the crowdfunding campaign didn’t meet Nokia’s initial goal of $100,000, the $15,000 gift is a necessary first step towards rebuilding the island.
Read more about why 2017 was a breakout year for Princess Nokia, and how she continues to redefine the marketing paradigm for Latino artists here. To support hurricane relief in Puerto Rico, click here.