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WASHINGTON – Local product Raheem DeVaughn, an R&B crooner who has drawn comparisons to the late, great singer Marvin Gaye, among others, knows the importance of giving back to his community.
The New Jersey native was raised in Prince George’s County and reps the DMV. He roots for the local sports teams, including the Redskins and Wizards, but loves giving back to his supporters here.
“I just care about people, man,” said DeVaughn. “I’m one of those brothers that firmly believes ain’t nobody going to come save us or look out for us. We’re going to have to look out for ourselves.”
Hundreds of thousands of workers have been affected by the federal government shutdown and DeVaughn felt a need to lend a helping hand.
DeVaughn’s foundation, LoveLifeFoundationDMV.org, along with the Akoma Foundation, has offered assistance to federal government workers affected by the recent shutdown.
“It’s my opportunity to give back to my city that’s given me so much,” said DeVaughn, a 1993 High Point High School graduate.
On Jan. 27, at Takoma Station Tavern, DeVaughn and his volunteers provided free meals and desserts as well as toiletries to individuals and families impacted by the shutdown.
WPGC-FM’s DJ Dirty Rico, an Oxon Hill High School graduate, was on hand to spin tunes and provide entertainment.
Tonya Swanson, a longtime IRS employee affected by the shutdown, was among the individuals who attended DeVaughn’s “Furloughed with Friends” event.
“When artists come out and support us, why can’t we come out and support them?” Swanson said. “I thank Raheem, and I thank my boy, DJ Rico.”
DeVaughn is known to legions of fans as “The Love King,” and his music has received constant airplay on radio stations nationwide.
The R&B singer has also been featured in music videos airing both locally and nationally. His first solo single released on a major label was the song entitled “Guess Who Loves You More.”
DeVaughn’s second single, entitled “You,” was featured in a video game. He been nominated for a Grammy Award three times.
In 2008, the song “Woman” earned a nomination for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance; his “Customer” was nominated for Best R&B Song a year later.
The album entitled “The Love & War Masterpeace” was nominated for Best R&B Album in 2011. He’s also been nominated for various BET Awards and captured both Male Artist of the Year and Album of the Year Awards for “Love Behind the Melody” in 2008.
However, despite all the individual honors and accolades, DeVaughn enjoys helping the less fortunate most of all. The LoveLife Foundation is heavily involved in community outreach programs, including feeding the homeless and providing a scholarship fund for grade- school students at Turner Elementary in Southeast.
“For the second year, we’ve been supplying fresh foods and vegetables and different recipes,” said DeVaughn. “We’ve been servicing to the youth and the people over there.”
Once again, DeVaughn and his volunteer staff plan to provide hot meals and other basic- needs items to federal government workers at Takoma Station Tavern on Sunday, Feb. 3, from 11am-3pm, and the following Sunday, from 5-9pm.