Hip Hop for Houston: Nicki Minaj, Drake and Others Help Raise MILLIONS for Hurricane Relief

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The hip-hop world turned out for the hurricane relief telethon

A huge amount of hip-hop stars were on hand for last night’s telethon to raise money for the people effected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Nicki Minaj, Questlove, Beyonce, Drake, Will Smith and Diddy all joined in to help support the cause with in-studio pleas or pre-recorded messages during Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief.

The telethon was organized by Bun B and Scooter Braun to benefit victims of Harvey in Bun’s home state of Texas. However, the scope of the fundraising drive was widened when Irma ravaged Florida earlier this week.

“We come together today to love on people that have been devastated by the hurricanes,” said Stevie Wonder, who started the telethon with a performance of “Lean on Me.” “When love goes into action, it preferences no color of skin, no ethnicity, no religious beliefs, no sexual preferences, and no political persuasions. It just loves.”

He also pointed out that we’re past the point where arguing about the reality of climate change is acceptable. The warming waters in the Atlantic Ocean will mean that hurricanes are more frequent and more powerful. “Anyone who believes that there is no such thing as global warming must be blind or unintelligent,” he said.

Beyonce — a Houston native — sent a message of unity to the event:

“It’s impossible to watch the news without seeing violence or racism in this country,” she said. “Just when you think it couldn’t possibly get worse, natural disasters take take precious life, do massive damage, and forever change lives, leaving behind contaminated water, flooded hospitals, schools, and nursing homes and countless families are now homeless. Natural disasters don’t discriminate. They don’t see if you’re an immigrant, black or white, Hispanic or Asian, Jewish or Muslim, wealthy or poor. It doesn’t matter if you’re from [Houston neighborhoods] Third Ward or River Oaks, we’re all in this together.”

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