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    BET's SOS Telethon Raises $10 Million Dollars
    By Ashlene Nand and Remmie Fresh

    Hip-Hop & R&B took over Friday night (September 9) on BET's live Saving Ourselves (S.O.S) Relief Telethon.

    The event raised over $10 million dollars for the millions of people affected by the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

    Donations came in all sizes. Jay-Z and Sean "Diddy" Combs handed over a $1 million check to the American Red Cross while others, such as Mary J. Blige, gave her 10-carat diamond ring right off of her finger.

    The massive ring will be up for bid on in BET's online auction.

    Lil' Jon and Crunk Energy Juice donated $250,000.

    "We at Crunk and BME (Lil' Jon's record label) saw that we also needed to join in on the efforts to help the victims of hurricane Katrina so we stepped up," Lil' Jon told AllHipHop.com. "We are also partnering with Delta to fly families to certain destinations as well as housing 30 people in Atlanta."

    Sentiments ran high as Kimora Lee Simmons, who donated $100,000 alongside her husband Russell, began crying during her emotional plea for donations.

    Rapper David Banner, a Mississippi native who recently visited the Gulf, didn't hold back and expressed frustration with the media coverage of the disaster.

    "I went to the coast and there is nothing there," Banner said. "I watch how my people are portrayed. I was affected and insulted."

    Added fellow Southern artist Young City [aka Chopper]: "We never thought it was going to hit like that. I lost my grandma. Some of my friends died."

    Rapper Q-Tip offered advice about how to avoid gentrification in areas that are being rebuilt.

    "We are trying to raise funds for the reconstruction of the Gulf. That's prime, water-front property down there. I'm pretty sure when Vice President Dick Cheney went down there, he went on double duty. In a situation like this you get to prey on the unfortunate. We have to do everything we can as a hip-hop community to secure that (land) and to keep that as ours."

    National Urban League president and former mayor of New Orleans Marc Morial echoed Q-Tip in a moving speech.

    "The city must be rebuilt as the diverse, cultural gumbo that it was," Morial explained to reporters. "Without that, it's not New Orleans , its' a fake cheap penny ante imitation."

    Veteran comic and "Chappelle's Show" cast member Paul Mooney said that race relations in the country could be healed further by the Katrina disaster.

    "America is arrogant. Thank God for Bush. He is going to bring white people and Black people together," he joked. "My Indian friends called me from the reservation and said, 'We told you. What goes around comes around. It's just God.'"

    Hidden Beach recording artist Jill Scott didn't quite agree with Mooney's comedic remarks.

    "It's heartbreaking for everybody. God is ever present He has not disappeared He's in every step," she said.

    Russell Simmons said that he would adopt a very unconventional method of clothing those in need.

    "There are so many millions of (Phat Farm) clothes that are bootlegged and we are looking to give them, instead of burning them."

    Donations will be given to the American Red Cross.

    The charity has received $536 million in gifts and pledges for the hurricane victims, of which an estimated $282.5 million has been received online.

    At least .91 cents of every dollar donated to the American Red Cross goes directly to assist disaster victims.

    allhiphop

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    glad ta hear that

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    • #3
      Indians doesn't care about buffalos.
      My other aliases:
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        cool
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        Vitamin water,
        i dont even have to rap now, life is made

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        • #5
          Good shit. Don't forget the charity NBA All-Star Game tonight at 11ET on TNT.
          The Movement!

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          • #6
            good for them .
            I'm an angel.. Honest
            The horns are just there to keep the halo straight

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