Magazine article Ebony

Star Power: Celebrities Rally around the Flag in War against Terrorism

Magazine article Ebony

Star Power: Celebrities Rally around the Flag in War against Terrorism

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In an unprecedented act of philanthropy and unity, Black celebrities and business leaders joined White notables in a nationwide fund-raising effort that yielded nearly $1 billion in pledges for victims of the September 11 tragedy. Among the largest contributors were Michael Jordan and rap star Dr. Dre, who donated $1 million each; Sean (P. Diddy) Combs, who donated $100,000; Attorney Willie E. Gary, who contributed $100,000 in college scholarships to live children of a flight attendant who was killed in the crash in rural Pennsylvania; and rap star Jay-Z, who donated $45,000 in addition to $1 for every ticket sold on his nationwide Blueprint Lounge tour.

Luminaries in the entertainment industry rallied around the flag at fund-raisers for the victims. In the nation's capital, Michael Jackson, Destiny's Child, Scan Combs and James Brown participated in "United We Stand: What More Can I Give?"--a marathon 11-hour concert that raised about $2 million.

In New York, Yolanda Adams, Craig David and Shaggy took part in "A Night for John Lennon's Words & Music," which benefited the Red Cross and the September 11th Fund. Halle Berry, Macy Gray, Buddy Guy and India. Arie participated in the "Concert For New York" in Madison Square Garden. In Atlanta, producer Jermaine Dupri's fund-raiser, "Hip Hop for Humanity," featured Montell Jordan, Xscape, Lil' Bow Wow and Da Brat. Kmart presented a 45-city tour, "Sisters in the Spirit," which featured gospel superstars Yolanda Adams, Shirley Caesar, Mary Mary and Virtue, to benefit the New York Relief Fund. …

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