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Saturday, September 10, 2005

Celebrity Response to Gulf Coast Disaster

It's being called the worst natural disaster in the history of our nation. During this weekend there have been so far televised four star-studded fundraising events. The shows featured the most popular entertainers of this day, along with stars from the previous generation. They gathered to give their money and their time to benefit the survivors of the storm that took the lives of untold thousands, disheveled the lives of thousands more and damaged the coastal communities of three states.

This is only the beginning. This fundraising effort will have to continue in many different forms for years to come.

Here is a partial list of the celebrities who have pitched in by bringing attention to this national tragedy, they've given their time, money, supplies, and more money, and more time.

    Kanye West, Celine Dion, Aaron Neville, the Marsalis brothers (Branford and Winton), Harry Connick, Jr., Chris Tucker, Fats Domino, Allen Toussaint, Mike Myers, Anne Rice, Pierce Brosnan, Jamie Foxx,Morgan Freeman, Colin Farrell, Sean Combs (P. Diddy), Shawn Carter(Jay-Z/Jigga),Oprah Winfrey, Rev. T.D. Jakes and the Mega-church ministers, Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers, Steve McNair QB Tennessee Titans, Randy Newman, Trisha Yearwood, Robert Johnson former BET CEO, Mariah Carey, Jack Nicholson, Vanessa L. Williams, Cameron Diaz, Terrell Owens of the Philadelphia Eagles,Alicia Keys, Ray Romano, Deion Sanders, Ed Reed, Alan Ricard and the Baltimore Ravens,Garth Brooks, Sheryl Crow, Debra Messing, Shirley Caesar, Hezekiah Walker,Erykah Badu, Rod Stewart, Jennifer Aniston, Chris Rock, Julia Roberts, Tommy Hilfiger, the Manning Brothers (Peyton and Eli), Russell and Kimora Lee-Simmons, Steve Harvey, Dana Owens (Queen Latifah), Leon Russell, The Persuasions, L'il Jon, The Game, U-2 and Bono, Mary J. Blige, Bernie Mac, Anthony Edwards, Kid Rock, The Rolling Stones, Elton John, George Liopez, Buckwheat Zydeco, Samuel L. Jackson, Paul McCartney, Patty LaBelle, Tom Wates, Jon Stewart, John Fogarty, Neil Young, Prince, Lynard Skynard, Jennifer Lopez(J-Lo), Ellen DeGeneris, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Paul Simon,Benicio del Toro, Mandy Moore, Jack Black....

The list will continue to grow...

Special Note Some Bush apologists suggest the story reported here in the post "Food For Thought", (September 5, 2005), that "homes in the Bywater section of New Orleans, the 9th Ward,flooded because they (some government entity) used too much explosive to dynamite part of the levee after the first section broke -they did this to prevent Uptown (the rich part of town) from being inundated with water from the Lake." is untrue. You may wish to read the original post at the blog getyouracton.com . As of this date the report is still unsubstantiated. The story is based on what are described as eyewitness accounts. They may or may not be believed. Given the circumstances who are you going to believe? Will you believe the witnesses who heard the sound of explosives? The witnesses who heard instructions on the local radio station to evacuate their homes because flooding was imminent? Or the government? You decide.