The island nation of Haiti was laid waste by a terrifying earthquake and several aftershocks. It is now a picture of desperation, horror and hopelessness. Donations and physical support from around the world are helping but it will be a lengthy and ongoing effort which everyone can participate in with monetary donations through the international broadcast of “Hope for Haiti Now”, tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 22, 7 p.m. CT, 8 p.m. ET/PT. This disaster has touched the lives of several Minnesotans, including religious organizations and medical personnel whose relatives and friends spent anxious hours waiting for the worst-or best-news. The international broadcast of this program marks a way for a united effort to help these people.
A multitude of mediums are making this broadcast available. On network/cable/satellite, it will air on CBS, ABC, NBC, FOX, CNN, BET, The CW, HBO, MTV, VH1, CMT, PBS, TNT, Showtime, Comedy Central, Bravo, E! Entertainment, National Geographic, Oxygen, G4, Centric, CurrentTV, Fuse, MLB Network, EPIX, Palladia, SoapNet, Style, Discovery Health, Planet Green, CNN en Espanol, HBO Latino, and on Canadian networks CBC-TV, CTV, Global TV and MuchMusic. Streaming will be possible via YouTube, Hulu, MySpace, Fancast, AOL, MSN.com, Yahoo, Bing.com, BET.com, CNN.com, MTV.com, VH1.com and Rhapsody. Streaming via mobile includes Alltel, AT&T, Sprint, Verizon and FloTV. On radio, it is available non-exclusively to all terrestrial radio stations internationally and SIRIUS XM Radio as a one time only event via MTV Radio Network and Westwood One.
The musical lineup from New York City includes: Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, Wyclef Jean, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, Shakira and Sting. From L.A.: Emeline Michel, Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera, Dave Matthews, John Legend, Justin Timberlake, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift and a group performance by Keith Urban, Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow. From London: Beyonce, Coldplay and a group performance by Bono, The Edge, Jay-Z and Rihanna. Wyclef Jean will host from NYC; George Clooney from L.A. and Anderson Cooper, CNN, direct from Haiti. More than 100 actors, musicians and political figures will participate including George Bush-Bill Clinton, united again for a common good.
“Hope for Haiti Now” will begin accepting donations at 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT on Friday via these methods: Online: www.HopeForHaitiNow.org; By Phone: 877-99-HAITI; By Text: Text “Give” to 50555: and by Mail: Hope For Haiti Now Fund, Entertainment Industry Foundation, 1201 West 5th St., Suite T-700, Los Angeles, CA, 90017.
Performances will be sold to benefit the cause through iTUNES, Amazon MP3 and Rhapsody. Expect a DVD package as well. Such a package has not been annouced but it is a logical assumption to make.
Beneficiaries include: Oxfam America, Partners in Health, The Red Cross, UNICEF, United Nations World Food Programme, Yele Haiti Foundation and the newly formed Clinton Bush Haiti Foundation. Each foundation can be accessed through Google, Yahoo, Bing or Ask by typing the name into the search box. Each of these organizations has an established history of giving most of the funds directly to the cause at hand and can be trusted implicitly.
Remember, this is a problem that will not be solved quickly. Those in the Minneapolis and Greater Minnesota area whose loved ones were in Haiti at the time of the quake will tell you their story and help us all understand how important it is to unite without prejudice for a common good.
Movie-music news will return tomorrow for more updates in the world of entertainment.