Katrina: Oprah, Julia, and others pitch in
-”This makes me so mad. This should not have happened,” said Oprah Winfrey(left) of the delayed relief efforts. ”I think we all — this country owesthese people an apology.” Winfrey filmed two episodes of her show onlocation in New Orleans and other ravaged areas over the weekend.Yesterday’s program showed Jamie Foxx, Matthew McConaughey, and Faith Hillhanding out food to hurricane victims. ”Mississippi Girl” Hill sang”Amazing Grace” in response to a request from a survivor in a shelterin Gulfport, Miss. Stars shown pitching in on today’s show reportedlyinclude Chris Rock, Julia Roberts, and Lisa Marie Presley.
-The lineup has finally been announced for ”Shelter from the Storm: A Concert for the Gulf Coast,” the benefit airing Friday on all six broadcast networks. The telethon will feature performances by Sheryl Crow, Dixie Chicks, Randy Newman, Neil Young, Rod Stewart, Alicia Keys, and Paul Simon. Presenters will include Jennifer Aniston, Ellen DeGeneres, Ray Romano, Jack Nicholson, Cameron Diaz, Sela Ward, and Chris Rock. Two dozen cable outlets will simulcast the hourlong program as well, including ABC Family, Bravo, E!, TBS, USA, FX, and Oxygen. It will also be seen in 95 other countries.
–Prince is offering three new download tracks for sale on his website, with proceeds going to Katrina relief.
-According to USA Today (scroll down), the Red Cross estimates that Friday’s NBC telethon raised $50.8 million.
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