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Loads of Celebs Help ‘Hand in Hand’ Broadcast Benefit Raise $14.5M for Hurricane Victims in 60 Minutes

(L-R) Oprah Winfrey and Cher

*”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,” said Stevie Wonder, who joined a roster of celebrities volunteering their time to help raise money for those impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Wonder sang ‘Lean On Me’ at the hour long benefit named ‘Hand in Hand’ which was broadcast on four networks including iHeart Radio and ABC.

Everyone was there to lend a hand: Oprah was on the phones, along with Justin Bieber, George ClooneyJulianne MooreBruce Willis, Sofia Vergara, and Julia Roberts and many others.

Justin Timberlake shared stories while photos and videos showing experiences of folks impacted were displayed in the background, and loads of artists performed. Continue reading

‘Irma’ Utterly Destroys Islands of St. Martin and Barbuda in Caribbean, Seven Lives Lost

St Maarten

*Catastrophic natural disasters are definitely upon us as the second hurricane we’ve witnessed in a matter of weeks totally obliterates two tiny islands in its wake. Called one of the most powerful Atlantic storms on record, with winds traveling at 185 mph and heavy rains, as of Wednesday the Category Five Hell-raiser named ‘Hurricane Irma’ had made its mark on the northern part of Puerto Rico and claimed at least seven lives as it ripped through the Caribbean; leaving the islands of St. Martin and Barbuda in complete rubble.

Officials say the French part of St Martin — a pristine resort known for its vibrant nightlife — suffered the storm’s full fury: killing at least six people and decimating nearly all of the dwellings. The island is divided between the Netherlands and France.

“It’s an enormous catastrophe. Ninety-five percent of the island is destroyed,” top local official Daniel Gibbs said in a radio interview. “I’m in shock. It’s frightening.” Continue reading