Beyonce Joins The Hurricane Harvey Telethon As Her Latest Way Of Giving Back To Houston
Hurricane Harvey may be over, but the clean-up in Houston has just begun, and Beyoncé is ready to do whatever she can to help. Entertainment Weekly reported that Beyoncé will participate in the Hurricane Harvey Marathon that "will bring the country together to raise funds, spirits and help rebuild Texas in the wake of this unprecedented devastation." But Beyoncé isn't the only big name celebrity using her star power to help Houston during the Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Harvey; she'll be joined by George Clooney, Julia Roberts, and Oprah.
Hand In Hand will give fans "appearances, performances, taped tributes and messages” from Jamie Foxx, Karlie Kloss, Matt Lauer, Rob Lowe, Matthew McConaughey, CBS This Morning's Norah O’Donnell, Dennis Quaid, Kelly Rowland, Adam Sandler, Ryan Seacrest, Michael Strahan, Blake Shelton, Barbra Streisand, and Reese Witherspoon. However, this isn't the final lineup, because even more names will reportedly be announced before the telethon airs on September 12.
While the press released said country singer George Strait will perform, there has been no word on whether Beyoncé will be performing during the telethon. But, if she does, it will be the first time Beyoncé has hit the stage since giving birth to twins Rumi and Sir on June 14. (Bustle reached out to Beyoncé's publicist for comment on whether she's performing or just attending, but did not receive an immediate response.)
Beyoncé's never been shy about proclaiming her love for Houston, especially since it's her hometown. This weekend at Made In America festival, she even rocked a Houston Rockets basketball jersey, keeping rumors alive that she'd like to own a stake in the NBA team. But Beyoncé's love for Houston runs deeper than basketball.
It was revealed in Essence back in February that, for the last decade, Beyoncé donated to a Houston homeless shelter and ran food drives in the city. After Hurricane Katrina, she reportedly helped establish an housing complex that offered a living space called the Knowles-Temenos Place Apartments for 43 displaced men and women. According to the Huffington Post, as of last year, Beyoncé has donated $7 million to help keep the complex open.
And that love of her city continues. In a statement given to The Houston Chronicle last week, Beyoncé announced plans to help Hurricane Harvey victims through her BeyGOOD foundation, which she formed in 2013 during her Mrs. Carter World tour.
"My heart goes out to my hometown, Houston, and I remain in constant prayer for those affected and for the rescuers who have been so brave and determined to do so much to help. I am working closely with my team at BeyGOOD as well as my pastor (Rudy Rasmus at St. John’s in downtown Houston) to implement a plan to help as many as we can."
The singer hasn't revealed how she plants to help her Texas hometown, but this is certainly a good start. Even if she doesn't perform, don't be surprised if the telethon gives her an opportunity to announce what else she wants to do for Houston.