Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief - New York
Getty Images

'Hand In Hand' Telethon Raises $44 Million For Hurricane Relief

The two hurricanes are projected to have caused up to $200 billion in damage.

Americans opened their wallets on Tuesday night (Sept. 12), adding donations to the Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief telethon to the tune of $44 million at press time, according to ABC News. The one-hour prime-time event, organized by manager Scooter Braun and Houston rapper Bun B and featuring appearances by Justin Timberlake, Dave Matthews, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Justin Bieber, Gwen Stefani and George Clooney, was organized to provide aid to residents of Texas and Florida who were impacted by Hurricanes Irma and Harvey.

During the event, The Late Show host Stephen Colbert announced that Apple would donate $5 million to the cause, with Albertsons Cos. and Merck each offering $1 million each. Houston Rockets star Chris Paul revealed that in addition to his $20,000 donation, the NBA Players Association would be adding $500,000, plus matching any professional basketball player's donation up to $20,000.

The two hurricanes are projected to have caused up to $200 billion in damage, pushing tens of thousands of Florida and Texas residents out of their flood-damaged homes, trashing more than one million vehicles and doing serious damage to the infrastructure in both states. The telethon aired on all four major networks as well as a dozen other cable networks, and featured pleas for donations from Texas natives Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland, plus Cher and Sean "Diddy" Combs, with performances by Usher and Blake Shelton, Stevie Wonder, Luis Fonsi and Tori Kelly, Matthews, George Strait, Miranda Lambert, Chris Stapleton, Robert Earl Keen and Lyle Lovett and Demi Lovato, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker and CeCe Winans.

Dozens of celebrities have donated to hurricane relief, and on Wednesday (Sept. 13) it was announced that Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt and many more will take part in the all-star Harvey Can't Mess With Texas: A Benefit Concert for Hurricane Harvey Relief show on Sept. 22 in Austin, Texas. The event will take place at the Frank Erwin Center from 7-11 p.m. ET, be broadcast on 11 Texas TEGNA stations, and stream internationally on YouTube.com/Texas Strong from 9-10 p.m. CT.

Donations are still being accepted by phone, text and online, so visit the Hand in Hand website to do your part.

This article was originally published on Billboard.

From the Web

More on Vibe

Ari Lennox Debuts Lush Music Video For “Bussit”

After dropping a remix EP for her remarkable debut album Shea Butter Baby, Ari Lennox returns with more content in the form of a stylishly-pleasing music video for “BUSSIT.” The “Up Late” singer released the reel on Wednesday (April 8).

Lennox gathered her girls for a self-care day at the spa, all decked out in lavish furs and spring-time colored outfits. “BUSSIT” is featured on the “Director’s Cut” of Revenge of the Dreamers III, a compilation album that features Dreamville’s artists from J. Cole to EarthGang to J.I.D. to Bas and their peers from Reason to Smino to Buddy to Guapdad 4000. The project was released to a wave of fanfare in 2019 that the melodies that didn't make the initial release were later shared with the masses. The album went No. 1 on the US Billboard 200 chart and was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Rap Album category.

As millions are under stay-at-home orders to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Lennox shared with Apple Music that hopefully new music will be on the horizon to uplift people's spirits. “With everything that’s happening, we want to put music out," Lennox said. "I don’t know, I want to give a little happiness to the world.”

Watch the video up top.

Continue Reading
Stephen Maturen

Bernie Sanders Drops Out Of The 2020 Election

Bernie Sanders had decided to drop out of the 2020 presidential campaign, he announced today (April 8).

The Vermont senator's 2020 election started off strong. He barely missed first place in Iowa before excelling in New Hampshire and Nevada. Also, Sanders campaign continued to bring in millions in donations and filled rallies with supporters.

Running as a progressive against Hillary Clinton in 2016, Sanders popularized the plan for Medicare for All. In 2020, however, many candidates ran on similar policies, and he faced another prominent progressive in Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who was the first to propose canceling some student debt in April. Warren surged above Sanders in the fall, before he suffered a heart attack in October.

Sanders 2020 bid, saw him working to gain more support among Latino voters. But despite years of support among the Black community, the senator failed to earn large votes. He also lost some of his white working-class supporters to Biden.

Sanders also hit a roadblock with women voters, after facing accusations of sexism in January after tensions between his and Warren's campaigns spilled out into the open. For the most part, Sanders and Warren were allies while campaigning for the nomination, however leaks to the media of both senators accusing the other camp of dirty tricks concluded with Warren saying in a statement that Sanders once told her he didn't think a woman could win the presidency.

Sanders denied the claim, but he was flogged with further criticism of his supporters who were dubbed the "Bernie Bros" after female union leaders in Nevada who spoke out against his candidacy said they were attacked by his fans.

Biden capitalized on all of this, and easily won in five of the six states that voted, included Michigan, which was a state Sanders was popular in.

Today I am suspending my campaign. But while the campaign ends, the struggle for justice continues on. https://t.co/MYc7kt2b16

— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) April 8, 2020

Continue Reading
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOxj2ROIxok&feature=emb_title

Megan Thee Stallion Donates Supplies To A Houston Nursing Facility

Megan Thee Stallion is lending a helping hand to the elderly of "Space City."

On Tuesday (April 7), the "Hot Girl" coach announced that she has joined forces with Amazon Music to donate money, devices, and other supplies to the Park Manor Skilled Nursing Facility located in Houston, TX.

"What's up Hotties, it's Megan Thee Stallion, aka the hot girl coach," Megan said in an Instagram post. "I have teamed up with Amazon Music just to donate some supplies, and some money and some Fire tablets to the residents and the staff at the Park Manor Skilled Nursing Home in Houston, TX, my hometown, my city. Just because it’s important to lend out a helping hand at this time and just show everybody that’s still working that we support them. And, to support our grandparents at this time."

 

View this post on Instagram

 

Hey hotties I partnered w/ @amazonmusic 2 support Park Manor Skilled Nursing Facility in Houston Texas🤘🏽 Its so important to #stayhome ! #realhotgirlshit

A post shared by Hot Girl Meg (@theestallion) on Apr 6, 2020 at 9:49am PDT

Megan joins a long list of celebrities who have donated finances and supplies to several organizations. The likes of Jay Z, Meek Mill, Elton John, Rihanna, Laday Gaga, Quavo, G-Eazy, Ciara, Russel Wilson, Miley Cyrus, Cody Simpson, and many others have chipped to help battle the deadly COVID-19.

The world needs us ALL. Unprecedented times. @DangeRussWilson & I are supporting our community in Seattle by donating 1 million meals with Seattle @FoodLifeLine https://t.co/3FlJi9GU2G Rally & support your local food bank @FeedingAmerica Let’s all keep the Faith during this time pic.twitter.com/kqwkuh50pi

— Ciara (@ciara) March 18, 2020

Proud to have donated to support #AmericasFoodFund, a new initiative directly supporting @FeedingAmerica & @WCKitchen to feed those in need & impacted by #COVID19. Thankful for my friends @leodicaprio @laurenepowell and @apple for putting this together. ❤️ https://t.co/jTxd4WjrgA

— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) April 2, 2020

Today, I’m proud to announce that my Foundation @EJAF is launching a $1million COVID-19 Emergency Fund to make sure that our frontline partners can respond to the effects of COVID-19 on HIV care for the most marginalised communities around the world. pic.twitter.com/g4wh9dnd3d

— Elton John (@eltonofficial) April 4, 2020

 

View this post on Instagram

 

Tacos for the incredible healthcare workers at our local hospital! So grateful for these true legends of our time dedicating their lives to battling this pandemic. Show some love to yours in your community!

A post shared by Cody Simpson (@codysimpson) on Apr 4, 2020 at 1:41pm PDT

In other Stallion news, the Houston native recently graced the cover of Marie Claire magazine, and released a lyric video for her single "Savage," a song from her latest effort, Suga.

Continue Reading

Top Stories