The Oasis Reporters
September 9, 2017
When top US artistes like late Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Kenny Rogers, Lionel Richie, with Quincy Jones as producer and many others gathered for ‘We Are The World’ recording, a charity hit to feed the starving in Ethiopia, mid 80s, they had set a legacy precedence and showed that the world can pool talents together to aid humanity in distress.
Beyonce, Blake Shelton, Barbra Streisand and Oprah Winfrey has tapped from the legacy and will headline a one-hour benefit telethon to benefit Hurricane Harvey victims that will be simulcast soon on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and CMT.
The event will be telecast live at 8 p.m. Eastern on Sept. 12, and on tape delay at 8 p.m. on the West Coast. It is being organized by Houston rap artist Bun B and Scooter Braun, founder of SB Projects. The show will also be streamed live on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.
George Clooney, Matthew McConaughey, Dennis Quaid, Julia Roberts, Jamie Foxx, Ryan Seacrest, Michael Strahan, Kelly Rowland, George Strait, Reese Witherspoon and others will also participate with taped or live messages. Journalists Matt Lauer and Norah O’Donnell will also participate. More celebrities are expected.
It will benefit several organizations, including United Way of Greater Houston, Habitat for Humanity, Save the Children, Direct Relief, Feeding Texas and The Mayor’s Fund for Hurricane Harvey Relief.
Other entertainment figures have already stepped up to help flood victims. The ABC networks held a “day of giving” last week, and singers Paul Simon and Edie Brickell pledged $1 million.
The telethon will air from Los Angeles, but there will be stages in New York and Nashville, Tennessee. A performance from George Strait’s San Antonio benefit concert for Harvey will also be shown.
Flooding has equally brought Makurdi in Central Nigeria to ruin. Artistes like Bongos Ikwue who is from the area are under pressure to do something in that nature for their native land.