Posts Tagged ‘Haiti’

Quincy Jones

The world still needs help.

It’s been 25 years since Quincy Jones helped gather the biggest names in music to record “We Are the World,” but the song is as relevant today as it was then.

Jones confirmed to me today that he’s helping spearhead a new recording of the charity song with the proceeds going to help Haiti. The new version will be reorded on Monday in Los Angeles. (more…)

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John Travolta, Jessica Simpson, Lindsay Lohan

All of a sudden, spending $65 on a sliver of shiny silver spandex makes sense.

Lindsay Lohan has announced that 100 percent of the proceeds from sales of her 6126 brand “Fame” leggings will go to Save the Children, one of the aid groups working with earthquake victims in Haiti.

“It is truly horrible what has happened to the people and children of Haiti,” the actress said in a statement. “I believe every company should do their part by donating what they can.”

Jessica Simpson agrees.

The singer has teamed up with her hairstylist pal Ken Paves to set up a donation program with the charity Souls4Soles, which has pledged 1 million pairs of shoes to the Haiti relief effort.

“Just five dollars will buy two people a pair of shoes,” Simpson said in directing would-be donors to the project’s home, 50KShoes.com.

Meanwhile, joining the hands-on relief effort yesterday was John Travolta, who flew his own plane, packed with food and medical equipment, from his home in Florida to the Caribbean island.

Making the trip with him were wife Kelly Preston, several doctors and ministers from the Church of Scientology.

“We have the ability to actually help make a difference in the situation in Haiti, and I just can’t see not using this plane to help,” said Travolta, who returned to Florida with Preston after the supplies had been unloaded.

In other developments on the Haiti relief front:

• Miley Cyrus and Mariah Carey are the latest singers to sign on for a reported charity cover of R.E.M.‘s “Everybody Hurts” being produced by Simon Cowell in conjunction with Britain’s Sun tabloid. The divas join a lineup that includes Michael BubléRod StewartLeona LewisTake ThatMikaJames Blunt,James Morrison and Susan Boyle.

• Jamaican reggae-rap artists Shaggy and Sean Paul have recorded a charity single, “Rise Again,” with Haitian musician Belo and soca singers Alison Hinds of Barbados and Destra Garcia from Trinidad and Tobago as part of the relief fund set up by Caribbean mobile company Digicel.

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from Eonline.com:
Bono, Jay Z, Rihanna, Telethon

Nothing unites TV audiences quite like a natural disaster. Or, as it turns out, a good cause.

The Hope for Haiti Now benefit, which was broadcast by more than 60 television networks last Friday, was watched by roughly 83 million people around the world, including 24 million in the United States.

And the people watching weren’t just sitting there.

Donations made during the telethon now stand at more than $61 million, according to MTV Networks, which teamed with George Clooney and Wyclef Jean to get this show on the road.

The international production, headed up by Clooney in Los Angeles, Jean in New York and Anderson Cooper in Haiti, and featuring live performances and testimonials from London, was also streamed online about 1.9 million times during the live show, plus about 5.8 million times over the weekend.

What do you know? It was also the most talked about topic on Twitter, prompting 1 million tweets during and around the event on Friday alone, according to media monitor Collective Intellect.

Hope for Haiti Now will be accepting donations for the next six months.

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