‘Hand in Hand’ hurricane relief telethon raises over $44 million

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The star-studded “Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief,” which aired live on 15 networks Tuesday night, raised over $44 million for those affected by recent hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

In a live broadcast from New York City, Los Angeles, Nashville and San Antonio, the hurricane relief telethon featured appearances from celebrities including Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx, Robert De Niro, Oprah Winfrey, Cher, Justin Timberlake, Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Julia Roberts, George Clooney, Tyler Perry, Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Matthew McConaughey.

Stevie Wonder, Demi Lovato, Tori Kelly, Usher, Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, CeCe Winans and Miranda Lambert were a few of the musicians who performed during the event.

Beyoncé, a native of Houston, urged viewers to donate in an emotional plea for unity and raise the awareness of climate change in a pre-recorded message.

“During a time where it’s impossible to watch the news without seeing violence or racism in this country, just when you think it couldn’t possibly get worse, natural disasters take precious life, do massive damage, and forever change lives, leaving behind contaminated water, flooded hospitals, schools and nursing homes,” she said.

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“And countless families are now homeless. In my home town city of Houston, people need food, clothing, cleaning supplies, blankets, shoes, diapers, and formula for babies. And, of course, clean water. The elderly need wheelchairs and kids new books and toys so they can continue to dream. It doesn’t matter if you’re from Third Ward or River Oaks, we’re all in this together. Seeing everyone of different racial, social, and religious backgrounds put their own lives at risk to help each other survive, restored my faith in humanity.

“Please, give what you can. The effects of climate change are playing out around the world every day. Just this past week, we’ve seen devastation from the monsoon in India, an 8.1 earthquake in Mexico, and multiple catastrophic hurricanes. Irma alone has left a trail of death and destruction from the Caribbean to Florida to southern United States. We have to be prepared for what comes next.”

Houston rapper Bun B and Scooter Braun organized the hurricane relief benefit

For more information on how to donate, visit Hand in Hand’s website.

Watch the “Hand in Hand” in its entirety below.

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Amal and George Clooney welcome twins!

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Congratulations are in order for Amal and George Clooney!

The first time parents welcomed twins, a boy and a girl, Tuesday morning.

The joyful news was released in a statement from the Clooney’s spokesperson Stan Rosenfield.

“This morning Amal and George welcomed Ella and Alexander Clooney into their lives. Ella, Alexander and Amal are all healthy, happy and doing fine.”

Rosenfield playfully added how father George was doing.

“He is sedated and should recover in a few days.”

After years of admitting that he would never get married [he was previously married to actress Talia Balsam], Oscar winner George Clooney, 56, became became engaged to human rights activist Amal Alamuddin, 39, in April 2014 and the couple officially married on September 27, 2014 in Italy.

News that Mrs. Clooney was expecting came in February 2017 after it was revealed by revealed by CBS’s The Talk host Julie Chen and later confirmed by Mr. Clooney’s Ocean’s costar and friend Matt Damon.

Welcome to the world Ella and Alexander!