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Raheem DeVaughn hopes to become a full time humanitarian

Courtesy of 368 Music GroupToday, Raheem DeVaughn is releasing his sixth studio album, Decade of a Love King, but the crooner from Newark, New Jersey is looking forward to a day when he can become a full-time humanitarian.

DeVaughn’s LoveLife Foundation is dedicated to several causes, including HIV/AIDS, mental illness, autism, cancer and education.

“Being a humanitarian and philanthropy work has been rewarding,” the three-time Grammy nominee tells ABC Radio. “I don’t do it to give myself, necessarily, a pat on the back, but it feeds my soul. I wake up every day and in the back of my mind it’s, 'How can I help somebody?'”

Fighting domestic violence is a priority for DeVaughn. His foundation’s Shelter Room Project remodels apartments for domestic violence victims. DeVaughn also hosts Queen for a Day spa events for women who have been abused.

“We take over salons. They fellowship. We laugh. We cry,” he says. “Some of these women never been told  they’re beautiful. They’re leaving very violent situations, and we have women who are there who assist. They’re counselors who made that step and give them the strength.”  (AUDIO IS ABC 1-ON-1)

The 43-year-old singer will perform at the James Brown tribute concert, “Say It Loud - I’m Black and I’m Proud at 50,” Saturday at the Apollo Theater in New York City. The show, celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Godfather of Soul’s classic song, will be hosted by Rev. Al Sharpton, and will also feature Nona Hendryx and Avery Sunshine.  

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