Archive for January, 2010
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: www.clintonbushhaitifund.org
United Nations World Food Programme: www.wfp.org
Oxfam America: www.oxfamamerica.org
Partners in Health: www.pih.org or www.standwithhaiti.org
Red Cross: www.redcross.org
Yele Haiti Foundation: www.yele.org
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, MSN.com, Yahoo, Bing.com, BET.com, CNN.com, MTV.com, VH1.com 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?
1801 West Olympic Blvd.
Pasadena, California 91199-1372
Thanks for your support,
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://bit.ly/8fchNu.
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://bit.ly/6Py2lV.
Take care (and Help Haiti),
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.com 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://bit.ly/8oujmG.
BTW: If you know of upcoming benefits for Haiti – email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet me at @krsprof.
Passing on the following announcement from the 9:30 club. If you live in the DMV this is a great opportunity to support Yele Haiti’s earthquake relief efforts.
To raise much-needed financial support for earthquake-ravaged Haiti, D.C.’s rap frontrunner Wale and friends are storming 9:30 Club’s stage this Monday. Featuring other hot metro-area artists D.C. Don Juan, Tabi Bonney, Phil Ade, XO, Kingpen Slim, K-Beta, Que (formerly of Day26), special surprise guests, and hosted by Chris Cole of BET’s College Hill South Beach, this concert delivers the goods while delivering aid to those who most need it.
Organized by DMV Helps Haiti, all ticket sales will be donated to the Partners in Health Organization and Yéle Haiti, founded by Wyclef Jean.
If you can’t make it out to this event, Haiti still needs your help. Please donate using the links below.
DMV Helps Haiti Benefit Concert
WALE w/ D.C. Don Juan • Tabi Bonney • Phil Ade • XO • Kingpen Slim • K-Beta • Que (formerly of Day26) • Hosted by Chris Cole of BET’s College Hill South Beach
All ticket sales will be donated to Yéle Haiti Foundation and Partners in Health Organization.
Tickets on sale Today, Friday January 15th at 2pm
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://bit.ly/YeleFund 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.
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.