Beyonce’ to lead star-filled telethon to benefit Harvey relief efforts (see list of stars)

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A telethon to raise money for Hurricane Harvey aid, called “Hand in Hand,” will include a host of famous faces, including Beyoncé, George Clooney, Oprah Winfrey, and Barbra Streisand. It will air live at 8 p.m. EST on Sep. 12 on several networks: NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX and CMT.

Hand in Hand’s website says that the telecast will be broadcast live from Los Angeles, New York, and Nashville and will include a finale performance by “George Strait and friends.”

Rapper Bun B and music-talent manager Scooter Braun are behind the telecast, according to an announcement from ABC. They’ve brought together entertainers from different genres to lend their fame to the cause.

Actors who have been announced include Julia Roberts, Jamie Foxx, Matthew McConaughey, Adam Sandler, Rob Lowe, George Clooney, Oprah Winfrey, and Dennis Quaid.

Singers will include Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Tori Kelly, and Barbra Streisand.

Other personalities attending include Michael Strahan, Matt Lauer, Karlie Kloss, Ryan Seacrest, and Norah O’Donnell.

Beyoncé’s inclusion in the line-up is sure to attract attention. The singer is well-loved by fans, despite her anti-police song, “Formation.” In fact, former first lady Michelle Obama is a notable fan. She and other high-profile women dressed in outfits similar to the one Beyoncé wore in her 2016 “Formation” music video, in which police are shown little respect. The women dressed up to help the singer celebrate her 36th birthday. You can read more about the photoshoot and the anti-police sentiment around the song here.

When asked if President Trump might be one of the “stars” in attendance, Bun B told TMZ he would not unless he agreed to appear with a group of former presidents. Run B feels that President Trump is not a unifying figure.

“After what [Trump] did in Charlottesville, he’s not a symbol of unity and it would rub people the wrong way,” Run B reportedly said.

Proceeds from the telethon will benefit a number of charitable organizations, including:

  • The United Way of Greater Houston
  • Save the Children
  • Direct Relief
  • Feeding Texas
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • The Mayor’s Fund for Hurricane Harvey Relief

Hurricane Harvey, a Category 4 hurricane, hit Texas on Aug. 25. After the devastation of the hurricane, Texans were further impacted by massive rainfalls brought on by Tropical Storm Harvey, which caused extensive flooding. Over 50 people have died as a result, according to the Houston Chronicle.

The president has visited Houston twice since the storm hit, and was received warmly there. Houston was heavily impacted by the hurricane. The president has pledged to donate $1 million of his own money to relief efforts.

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