Sunday, January 17, 2010


Posted by: Roxxanne Roxxanne

Musician Wyclef Jean will join actor George Clooney and CNN news anchor Anderson Cooper in hosting MTV Networks’Hope for Haiti,” a global telethon to raise funds to aid Haiti.

The telethon will feature a number of celebrity appearances and performances which will be announced in the coming days. The telethon will be broadcasted commercial free on CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN, BET, the CW, HBO, MTV, VH1 and CMT on January 22, 2010 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. For more information about the telethon click here.

The earthquake that took place in Haiti last Tuesday is so unimaginable! Especially considering that the struggling country was devastated by a series of flooding just last year that killed over 800 people and left roughly 1 million people homeless. In addition, in 2008 a school collapsed killing over 80 children and school staff.

You add all the devastation that Haiti has experienced in recent years with the fact they are one of the poorest countries in the western hemisphere (average person lives on $2 per day); more than half of the deaths in the country are attributed to AIDS/HIV; the rate of tuberculosis and malaria is tens times higher than that of any other Latin America country; the illiteracy rate is at a staggering 50% and the many years of political oppression due to a dictatorship-like rule by corrupt leaders, and I really weep for the people of Haiti!

Haiti was the first black country to gain their independence (from France) by leading a slave revolt and the first country in the western hemisphere to abolish slavery completely. Haiti paved the way for other countries to revolt against colonialist rule!

I’m glad that the whole world FINALLY has their eyes and hearts on Haiti, maybe now the country can get the assistance they have so desperately needed for decades. Haitians are a resilient people and they will persevere!

In related news, tomorrow, January 18, 2010, rapper Bun B of Houston's UGK will be hosting a concert fundraiser to support the Haiti relief. The "Houston for Haiti," concert is scheduled to be from 4-8 p.m. at the Warehouse Live in Houston. There will be appearances by Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young and performances by Bun B, Slim Thug, ESG, Corey Mo, Trae Tha Truth, Lil O, Candi Redd, Just Brittany, the Party Boyz, and more. For more information click here.

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