Nicki Minaj, Beyonce, Drake and More A-List Celebrities Raised Millions During Bun B’s Hand in Hand Hurricane Telethon

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Houston native Bun B pulled off a serious feat final night time, alongside music supervisor Scooter Braun (Justin Bieber), elevating a whopping $44 million for hurricane victims throughout final night time’s Hand in Hand Telethon, ABC Information reports (although at one level through the broadcast Billy Crystal put the quantity at $14 million).

The telethon was broadcast on all of the major networks and featured nearly each A-Record movie star in Hollywood conceivable— from Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts to Jennifer Garner, Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, Billy Crystal, Diddy, Demi Lovato, Chris Stapleton, Oprah Winfrey, Bruce Willis, George Clooney, Tyler Perry, Cher, Nicki Minaj, Religion Hill, Kerry Washington, Usher, DJ Khaled, Vic Mensa and extra. The funds will go to assist victims of each Hurricane Harvey, which devastated Texas and Hurricane Irma, which hit Florida.

In the course of the telethon, Steven Colbert introduced that Apple was donating $5 million to the trigger. NBA star Chris Paul additionally stated that that he NBA Gamers Affiliation, which donated $500,000, would match any skilled basketball participant’s donation as much as $20,000.

Nevertheless, although the telethon was about elevating cash to help victims of the current hurricanes, most of the celebrities took the chance to speak to viewers concerning the nation’s ills, because it finds itself in social and political turmoil.

Whereas Drake, who donated $200,000 to aid efforts in Houston, referred to as the current information cycle “extraordinarily overwhelming,” Beyoncé, who additionally just lately returned to her native Houston to aid hurricane victims, was a bit extra blunt.

“I’s inconceivable to observe the information with out seeing violence or racism on this nation,” Beyoncé famous. “Simply whenever you assume it couldn’t probably worsen, pure disasters take take valuable life, do large injury, and eternally change lives, abandoning contaminated water, flooded hospitals, faculties, and nursing houses and numerous households at the moment are homeless,” she continued. “Pure disasters don’t discriminate. They don’t see in the event you’re an immigrant, black or white, Hispanic or Asian, Jewish or Muslim, rich or poor. It doesn’t matter should you’re from [Houston neighborhoods] Third Ward or River Oaks, we’re all on this collectively.”

Beyoncé additionally touched on local weather change, which was a operating theme all through the night time, with Stevie Wonder delivering harsh phrases for local weather change deniers.

“Anybody who believes that there isn’t any such factor as international warming have to be blind or unintelligent,” he stated.

It’s been estimated that the storms triggered between $150 billion and $290 billion in injury to Texas and Florida, and a minimum of 70 individuals died throughout Hurricane Harvey, and 22 deaths have been reported within the U.S. from Hurricane Irma.

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