News: Slim Thug & UGK's Bun B Unite For Haiti Benefit Concert

Friday, Jan 15, 2010 4:45PM

Written by Biz Jones

UGK's Bun B has decided to help lead the pack of emcees willing to unite for a Haiti benefit concert.

According to a statement, Bun will host his event from his Texas hometown.

Bun B has gathered a stellar line-up of Houston artists for a fund raiser event that has been called "Houston For Haiti." The show will take place Monday, January 18 (MLK Day) from 4 to 8 PM at Warehouse Live in Houston. Along with Bun B, Slim Thug, Trae The Truth, ESG, Lil O, Candi Redd, Just Brittany, Corey Mo and The Party Boyz have been confirmed to perform, so far. More artist are expected to join the bill. Local athletes including Vince Young of the Tennesse Titans will also make appearances. "We all need to get involved" says Bun B. "Race, color or creed, we are all Haitians right now, and we need to help our brothers and sisters!" Tickets go on sale today at $ 20 and can be purchased through www.warehouselive.com. (Statement)

Wyclef Jean and actor George Clooney are planning to host a telethon.

A host of major U.S. network and cable channels will broadcast a massive charity telethon Friday Jan. 22 for the victims of the Haiti earthquake, the stations announced Friday. George Clooney and Haitian-American Wyclef Jean will host from the U.S., while CNN's Anderson Cooper broadcasts from the devastated Caribbean nation. It will air commercial-free on ABC, BET, CBS, CMT, CNN, NBC, FOX, HBO, MTV, the CW and VH1 at 8 p.m. ET, according to a statement. (My Fox News)

Earlier this week, Wyclef released a statement on the seriousness behind Haiti's disaster.

"Haiti today faced a natural disaster of unprecedented proportion, an earthquake unlike anything the country has ever experienced. The magnitude 7.0 earthquake - and several very strong aftershocks - struck only 10 miles from Port-au-Prince. I cannot stress enough what a human disaster this is, and idle hands will only make this tragedy worse. The over 2 million people in Port-au-Prince tonight face catastrophe alone. We must act now. President Obama has already said that the U.S. stands 'ready to assist' the Haitian people. The U.S. Military is the only group trained and prepared to offer that assistance immediately. They must do so as soon as possible. The international community must also rise to the occasion and help the Haitian people in every way possible." (Statement)

The earthquake took place Tuesday (January 12) afternoon.

The major earthquake that struck Haiti on Tuesday may lead to hundreds of millions of dollars of insured losses, risk assessor Eqecat said, an amount that could have been higher had underwriters loosened their standards. Eqecat indicated that insured buildings often must meet a higher standard and therefore may sustain less damage. However, the company said Haiti's magnitude 7.0 earthquake, whose epicenter was just 10 miles (16 km) from the capital of Port-au-Prince, "is very severe, and even well-designed buildings could expect damage from this event." (Reuters)

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