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Watch Hope For Haiti Now: A Global Benefit For Earthquake Relief

Posted by Katina on January 22, 2010 at 11:01 pm

Haiti Needs Your Help!

At 8 pm EST tonight musicians and other entertainers gather to raise awareness and funds through the Hope For Haiti Now telethon.

MTV’s “Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief” will be simulcast across many television and cable networks.

1. Who will the telethon benefit? Ultimately the people of Haiti. Essential services and supplies are needed greatly. Your donations will be given to the following non-profits working on the ground in Haiti. The nonprofit Hope For Haiti Now is not charging any administrative costs. For more information, see the telethon FAQ.

The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund:
United Nations World Food Programme:
Oxfam America:
Partners in Health: or
Red Cross:
Yele Haiti Foundation:

2. Where can I see it? ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN, BET, the CW, HBO, MTV, VH1, CMT and More.  It will be also be livestreamed online on sites including “YouTube, Hulu, MySpace, Fancast, AOL,, Yahoo,,,,, and Rhapsody, and on mobile via Alltel, AT&T, Sprint, Verizon and FloTV.” See MTV for a full list of broadcast, cable, internet, and mobile providers that will be participating in the telethon.

3. Who will be hosting? Main organizer George Clooney, Wyclef Jean and Anderson Cooper

4. Who will be there performing (or answering the phone)? Brad Pitt, Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Clint Eastwood, Denzel Washington, Halle Berry, Jon Stewart, Julia Roberts, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Meryl Streep, Morgan Freeman, Nicole Kidman, Robert Pattinson, Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hanks and Will Smith . . .See MTV for more info.

5. And most important . . . How can I donate?

  • Internet:
  • Phone: (877) 99-HAITI
  • Text: “GIVE” to the number 50555
  • Mail: Hope for Haiti Now
    FILE 1372
    1801 West Olympic Blvd.
    Pasadena, California 91199-1372
  • Thanks for your support,


    Tonight: Tabou Combo & the NSO perform at the Kennedy Center to benefit Red Cross Haiti relief

    Posted by Katina on at 6:34 pm

    If you live in the District of Columbia, Maryland, or Virginia, don’t miss this opportunity to hear great music and raise funds for the Haiti Relief and Development Fund of the American Red Cross. As part of its free Millennium Stage series, the Kennedy Center presents the Haiti Benefit Concert featuring Haitian performers Tabou Combo, Felina Backer and John Pierremont, as well as Georgetown University’s Let Freedom Ring Choir and the National Symphony Orchestra. This free concert, presented in partnership with the Embassy of Haiti will be taking donations for the Red Cross. The concert starts at 5:30 pm. For more information see http:/home/katinara/public_html/


    At 8:00 pm, the  National Symphony Orchestra (featuring Ivan Fischer, Christianne Stotijn, and Stig Anderson) will perform a concert with  all proceeds benefiting relief in Haiti. For tickets and more information see: http:/home/katinara/public_html/

    Take care (and Help Haiti),


    Tags: provides updates on Haiti relief benefit concerts

    Posted by Katina on at 6:06 pm

    I tweeted recently that I plan to blog about upcoming benefit concerts for Haiti. In academia we sometimes write about “concert causes” – analyzing them as social activism, philanthropy, and (even) self promotion. But putting theory aside, benefit concerts provide a means for their celebrity participants to show their support, utilize their celebrity/talents for a good cause, and help focus viewers/listeners on how they can donate their funds to the benefiting cause/charity.

    pitchfork has been reporting on series of benefit concerts for Haiti that will be taking place around the country in the days/weeks to come as well as those being simulcasted on network/cable tv and the internet. For their list, updated Jan. 20, 2010, click on http:/home/katinara/public_html/

    Help Haiti,


    BTW: If you know of upcoming benefits for Haiti – email  me at or tweet me at @krsprof.


    Help Wyclef & Yele Haiti with Earthquake Relief

    Posted by Katina on January 14, 2010 at 4:12 am

    Musician & Humanitarian Wyclef Jean is well known for his dedication to his homeland Haiti. He founded the non-profit Yele Haiti as a grassroots movement to build global awareness for Haiti while helping the country’s long term growth.


    As you know Haiti has been devastated by the recent earthquake. Her citizen’s need help now and Yele Haiti is mobilizing emergency relief. How can you help? Donate to the Yele Haiti Earthquake Fund at http:/home/katinara/public_html/ or use your cell phone to text “Yele” to 501501.

    Because I think Wyclef says it best, please check out his plea for assistance recently posted on the Yele Haiti website:

    “Haiti today faced a natural disaster of unprecedented proportion, an earthquake unlike anything the country has ever experienced.

    The magnitude 7.0 earthquake – and several very strong aftershocks – struck only 10 miles from Port-au-Prince.

    I cannot stress enough what a human disaster this is, and idle hands will only make this tragedy worse. The over 2 million people in Port-au-Prince tonight face catastrophe alone. We must act now.

    President Obama has already said that the U.S. stands ‘ready to assist’ the Haitian people. The U.S. Military is the only group trained and prepared to offer that assistance immediately. They must do so as soon as possible. The international community must also rise to the occasion and help the Haitian people in every way possible.”

    Many people have already reached out to see what they can do right now. We are asking those interested to please do one of two things: Either you can use your cell phone to text “Yele” to 501501, which will automatically donate $5 to the Yele Haiti Earthquake Fund (it will be charged to your cell phone bill), or you can click here to DONATE.

    Thank you,
    Wyclef ”

    In this time of need, please take the time to help our brothers and sisters in Haiti.


    P.S. Please also consider donating to the efforts of the Convoy of Hope and Doctors Without Borders earthquake response. Both organizations are also on the ground in Haiti providing needed relief services.


    Musicians join Extreme Makeover Home Edition

    Posted by Katina on December 7, 2009 at 2:24 am

    Tonight’s episode of Extreme Makeover Home Edition features Usher assisting the crew in building a home for the Scott family who lost their husband/father who was killed in an accident.

    In past seasons, musicians just sang. But this season the show has asked celebrities of all sorts to roll up their sleeves and pick up hammers and paint brushes to help the families receive hope in the form of a new home.

    Check out my Song-In-Action episode guide of the musicians on Extreme Makeover Home Edition. Clicking on the picture will take you to where you can watch the full episode. Clicking on the name of the artist will lead to articles/blogs about their experiences on the show. I hope you enjoy.


    #1 Rapper Xzibit – Hill Family Episode


    “I got to know the family, the mother, the father, the kids, and the situation they were in . . . To see them go through that, and see the transformation … it’s something to know anticipation for myself, but when you anticipate something for somebody else, it’s something exciting.” Xzibit

    [The show liked Xzibit so much that he came back for the Mattingly home w/ Clint Black]

    #2 Country Musician Trace Adkins – Marshall Family Episode


    ““I’ve worked with Extreme Makeover: Home Edition three times now, and I personally feel that they’re doing God’s work. It’s such a noble thing that those folks do and anytime I get a chance to be a part of it and help out in some way, I’m always eager to do it.” Trace Adkins

    #3 Singer/Actress Ashley Tisdale – Hampton Family Episode


    “When I saw the family and the reaction to the house I just, like, started tearing up . . .It’s like this really great deserving family and then also you see like all these volunteers and their family members and their friends just all getting together helping them. It’s just such a great feeling to be part of that.” Ashley Tisdale

    #4 Country Musician Kellie Pickler (American Idol) – Terpenning Family Episode


    “I mean, this family was so amazing, so beautiful and their story was completely heartbreaking.  So to finally be able to build a house that was functional for them, in their situation.  It’s so rewarding.  We were rewarded with so many smiles, so to see them smile when the buss moved and they saw the house, it was life-changing and such a blessing.” Kelli Pickler

    #5 Country musician Clint Black (w/ Xzibit) – Mattingly Family Episode

    Big-Rivers and Clint Black

    “I feel it is essential to be trained in first aid and CPR, including how to use an AED. I was pleased to volunteer for the ‘Extreme Makeover Home Edition’ episode and proud to support an organization that teaches these lifesaving skills.”  Clint Black (a Red Cross volunteer)

    #6 R&B Singer Usher – Scott Family Episode


    “I was motivated to help the family when I heard about their ability to continue to serve their community even after suffering a loss . . .Not only was it great to help a family that is from my home state, but this family exemplified giving back to the community.” Usher

    [Watch Usher discuss the experience on YouTube until the full episode is live on ABC.Com.]

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