The Weeknd Donated $50,000 to Create an Ethiopian Studies Program in Toronto

Abel Tesfaye gives back to his community.
August 8, 2016, 2:22pm

Photo by Daniel Patlán

Abel Tesfaye's known through his music as a pretty moody dude, but it turns out the guy's heart isn't made of frozen Henny. Over the weekend, Tesfaye made a donation of $50,000 to the University of Toronto to help fund an Ethiopic Studies program. As he's the child of Ethiopian immigrants himself, this is a pretty cool move on Tesfaye's part to give back to his own community.

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The course that he just dropped 50K on will focus on the study of Ge'ez or Ethiopic, an millennia-old form of writing from the Horn of Africa. Read the Weeknd's tweets below.

1 - sharing our brilliant and ancient history of Ethiopia. proud to support the studies in our homie town through @UofT and @bikilaaward

— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) August 6, 2016

2 Link to more info: https://t.co/dOzbJ3LVZp

Link to donate:https://t.co/QcK4zR5e2b

— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) August 6, 2016

UPDATE: The Weeknd is actually a saint??? The Fader reports that Tesfaye donated $250,000 to Black Lives Matter. Charitable guy, I tell ya.

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