Bun B and Scooter Braun Plan Hurricane Harvey Telethon
Celebrities continue to find ways to help those affected by Tropical Storm Harvey, which has already caused tremendous damage across the Gulf Coast of Texas. Bun B, one of the state’s most notable rappers, is now planning a telethon along with Scooter Braun, who manages the likes of Justin Bieber and Vic Mensa, and who organized Ariana Grande’s “One Love Manchester” concert in June.
Now, the UGK rapper and Scooter are actively gathering talent and coordinating logistics for the telethon, which is tentatively scheduled to air on four national networks on Sept. 12, according to Billboard.
“I reached out, [Braun] was immediately receptive, the team was receptive, we reached out to every major television network,” Bun told TMZ. “Everyone was like, ‘Yeah, let’s do it.’ Within 72 hours, we put together a nationally-televised telethon.”
“There’s a lot of great entertainers from the city of Houston and the state of Texas,” he said. “They all want to be involved. It’s just a matter of figuring out who’s actually available to be involved, what city and location they can be involved in, and kind of moving from there. Jim Parsons and Beyoncé are probably the two most visible people from Houston. Beyoncé is already very active and I’m sure Jim is active in his own way, but I think having his voice to this telethon speaks volumes.”
Earlier this week, Beyoncé’s pastor Rudy Rasmus told ET that Queen Bey also donated “a significant” amount to the cause. “She’s starting out with a significant donation, and that donation is getting us to launch out into some areas that help us more effectively impact the communities that have been the most affected,” Rasmus said. “She has, over the years, been very generous to our cause, and we continue to work together. She has been a huge benefactor to our efforts here in Houston, Texas.”
Several other celebrities have also made headlines by assisting with relief efforts after the hurricane-turned-tropical storm left at least 39 dead and many more injured. Drake donated $200,000 to Houston Texans’ defensive end J.J. Watt’s fundraiser, which has garnered more than $10 million in relief funds.
Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, Kevin Hart, and other celebrities have also been donating money towards relief in the region, which has been hit with unprecedented damage.