Beyoncé and Tina Knowles-Lawson are doing their part to fight COVID-19.
This week, it was announced that the singer, through her BeyGOOD foundation, and her mom are joining forces for a new campaign – called #IDIDMYPART – that provides coronavirus testing in their hometown of Houston, Texas.
Five hundred tests will be administered at Cullen Middle School on Friday, May 8, and an additional 500 will be offered at Forest Brook Middle School on Saturday, May 9. Both locations will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Participants will also be given a gift card for use at H-E-B Grocery Company, and a voucher for a hot meal at local restaurants Frenchy’s Chicken and Burns Original Bar-B-Q.
.@Beyonce 's BeyGood teams up with Ms. Tina Knowles Lawson to support COVID-19 mobile testing relief in the #IDIDMYPART campaign in Houston, TX. @tylerperry has accepted the challenge to do the same in Atlanta, GA and will challenge another celebrity to continue the movement. pic.twitter.com/prHmsa6H4M— BeyGOOD (@BeyGood) May 6, 2020
“We hope this will become a movement and that it will encourage us to get tested and find out our status,” Tina told CBS News on Wednesday.
“The virus is wreaking havoc on the Black community so we need a movement to prioritize our health,” Tina added in a press release.
Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as of May 6, 28.2 percent of all reported COVID-19 patients in the United States are African American.
“We are all in this together. But we have to look at what is happening in our Black and Brown communities and how they are being decimated by COVID-19,” Tina’s statement continued.
“It is critical that we stay vigilant with social distancing, wearing a mask, and most of all getting tested. If you don’t get tested, then you don’t know if you are a carrier of the virus. Being asymptomatic is how you infect your entire household and those around you, the very people you love. We have got to go to these free testing facilities and find out our status.”
Additionally, other celebrities — such as Tyler Perry in Georgia, Magic Johnson in Detroit, and Octavia Spencer in Mississippi — are promoting #IDIDMYPART around the U.S.
Last month, Beyoncé’s BeyGOOD teamed up with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s #StartSmall to donate $6 million to local community-based organizations to provide coronavirus relief.
Additionally, proceeds from Bey and fellow Texan Megan Thee Stallion’s song “Savage (Remix)” have been donated to Bread of Life Inc., a nonprofit in Houston that gives meals to those in need.