'SOS Saving Ourselves-Help For Haiti' Announces New Musical Performances and Celebrity Participants To Superstar Lineup
President Clinton Set to Make a Special Appearance, Arriving Directly from Haiti
Chrisette Michele joins Wyclef Jean, Justin Bieber, Keri Hilson, Chris Brown, Jazmine Sullivan, Pitbull, Akon, Ludacris, Mary J Blige, Robin Thicke, Monica, Kirk Franklin, Damian Marley, Nas, Busta Rhymes and India.Arie in Miami
Additional Participants Include Trey Songz, Common, David Banner, Gloria Estefan, Pete Wentz, Jeremih, The Dream, Jason Derulo, Sean Kingston, Mike Tyson, Serena Williams, Joey Fatone, Ryan Leslie, Rickey Smiley, Fonzworth Bentley, Sean Paul, Brian McKnight, Alonzo Mourning, Jim Brown, Omarion, Jimmy Jean-Louis, Andre Berto, Raul de Molina, Travis McCoy, Tyson Ritter and NFL Players Elvis Dumervil, Devin Thomas and Clinton Portis
Hosted by Queen Latifah, Sean "Diddy" Combs and Pharrell, the Telecast will Air LIVE Friday, February 5 at 8:00 P.M., ET/PT on BET, MTV, VH1, CENTRIC, BET International and Live in Haiti on TNH and Tripp TV
BET International in the UK, Middle East and Africa Will Rebroadcast on Saturday, February 6 and MTV Base UK Will Present SOS SAVING OURSELVES-HELP FOR HAITI on Sunday Evening, February 7
NEW YORK, Feb. 5 -- BET Networks aligns with music's brightest stars for "SOS Saving Ourselves � Help for Haiti," benefit concert and telethon. Wyclef Jean, Justin Bieber, Keri Hilson, Chris Brown, Jazmine Sullivan, Pitbull, Akon, Ludacris, Mary J Blige, Robin Thicke, Monica, Kirk Franklin, Nas, Damian Marley, Busta Rhymes, India.Arie and Chrisette Michele will captivate audiences while assisting in the efforts of raising donations for the devastated victims of Haiti. To add to the already stellar lineup, President Clinton lends his time and inspiration, as he will arrive directly from supporting the relief efforts in Haiti with The Clinton Foundation Haiti Fund. Hosted by Queen Latifah, Sean "Diddy" Combs and Pharrell, in partnership with Procter & Gamble and Pepsi, "SOS Saving Ourselves � Help for Haiti" will be taped at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, FL on February 5th at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT and will air simultaneously on BET, MTV, VH1 CENTRIC, BET International in Europe, Africa and the Middle East as well as airing live in Haiti on TNH and Tripp TV. Additionally, MTV Base UK will air the telethon this weekend. Tickets are available now at www.ticketmaster.com.
In addition to musical performances, celebrity appearances will include Trey Songz, Common, David Banner, Gloria Estefan, Pete Wentz, Jeremih, The Dream, Jason Derulo, Sean Kingston, Mike Tyson, Serena Williams, Joey Fatone, Brian McKnight, Sean Paul, Ryan Leslie, Alonzo Mourning, Jim Brown, Omarion, Jimmy Jean-Louis, Rickey Smiley, Fonzworth Bentley, Andre Berto, Raul de Molina, Travis McCoy, Tyson Ritter and NFL Players Elvis Dumervil, Devin Thomas and Clinton Portis.
Proceeds of the telecast will go to five charitable organizations - Yele Haiti, CARE, Project Medishare, P & G's Children's Safe Drinking Water, and The Clinton Foundation.
Akamai HD Network and iStreamplanet donated for web and mobile streaming services. "SOS Saving Ourselves � Help for Haiti" will also be streamed live over the web and to iPhone and iPod Touch at www.bet.com.
"SOS Saving Ourselves � Help for Haiti" is accepting donations now through the following methods:
* Text: Text SOS to 50555 to donate $10
* Phone: Call 1-877-6-SOS-NOW (1-877-676-7669)
* Online: Visit www.soshelpforhaiti.org
To purchase tickets, please visit www.ticketmaster.com, the AmericanAirlines Arena ticket office (www.aaarena.com) or call 1-800-745-3000 (toll free).
"SOS Saving Ourselves � Help for Haiti" is executive produced by Salli Frattini, in collaboration with BET Networks, Queen Latifah, Sean "Diddy" Combs and Pharrell. Ray Chew is the music director for this event.
For more information on how to help Haiti, visit www.bet.com.
About Yele Haiti
Yele Haiti (http://www.yele.org/about-us/) is a grass roots movement that builds global awareness for Haiti while helping to transform the country through programs in education, sports, the arts and environment. Yele's community service programs include food distribution and mobilizing emergency relief. Haitian born Grammy� Award winning musician, humanitarian and Goodwill Ambassador to Haiti Wyclef Jean founded Yele Haiti in 2005. Questions re: Yele Haiti can be directed to Ken Sunshine or Briele Douglass at Sunshine/Sachs � 212-691-2800.
Founded in 1945, CARE (www.care.org) is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. CARE is continuing to rush aid and emergency team members to Haiti. CARE places special focus on working alongside poor women because, equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty. Working in more than 70 countries, women are at the heart of CARE's community-based efforts to improve education, health and economic opportunity.
About Project MediShare
Project MediShare (http://www.projectmedishare.org) is a non-profit organization that has been working in Haiti since 1995. They have been at the helm of the massive earthquake medical relief effort. In an immediate response to the crisis, they mobilized multiple teams of medical personnel and disaster relief workers and will continue to provide the much needed medical care and aid to the country in the coming months.
Akamai� provides market-leading managed services for powering video, dynamic transactions, and enterprise applications online. Having pioneered the content delivery market one decade ago, Akamai's services have been adopted by the world's most recognized brands across diverse industries. The alternative to centralized Web infrastructure, Akamai's global network of tens of thousands of distributed servers provides the scale, reliability, insight and performance for businesses to succeed online. Akamai has transformed the Internet into a more viable place to inform, entertain, interact, and collaborate. To experience The Akamai Difference, visit www.akamai.com.
About P&G's Children's Safe Drinking Water Program
Procter & Gamble's not-for-profit Children's Safe Drinking Water (CSDW) Program is focused on reducing the sickness and death that result from water-borne illness caused by drinking contaminated water. Using some of the same ingredients as municipal water systems, PUR� Purifier of Water removes pollutants and cysts, and kills bacteria and viruses in contaminated water. Since 2004, P&G has partnered with a diverse network of organizations to help distribute PUR� Purifier of Water packets. To date, the Children's Safe Drinking Water Program has delivered over 1.9 billion liters of clean drinking water to people in over 50 developing countries including during critical emergency relief situations across the globe. To learn more about the CSDW program, please visit www.csdw.org.
About The Clinton Foundation
President Clinton and the Clinton Foundation have a long history of engagement and involvement in Haiti. The Clinton Foundation works in partnership with the government of Haiti to strengthen healthcare systems and decrease the prevalence of HIV/AIDS and other diseases. After a series of hurricanes ravaged the nation in 2008, President Clinton made a Call to Action for Haiti at CGI's 2008 Annual Meeting. Members responded with over $100 million worth of commitments to help Haiti "build back better." President Clinton was named UN Special Envoy for Haiti in 2009 to assist its people and government as they "build back better" from storm damages and implement their economic vision for the future. President Clinton traveled to Haiti three times in 2009.
In the immediate aftermath of the January earthquake that struck Port-au-Prince, President Clinton established the Clinton Foundation Haiti Fund to support relief efforts. Less than a week after the earthquake, President Clinton traveled to Haiti to deliver food, water, and supplies, made available through the Fund. He also met with Haitian officials and U.S. troops, and toured the General Hospital in Port-au-Prince. The Clinton Foundation Haiti Fund has already distributed $3 million in donations.
iStreamPlanet� develops and provides digital media strategy, managed webcasting services, and Rich Internet Applications. The company successfully integrates managed services and SaaS-based digital media applications that cover all aspects of a media delivery, enabling enterprises and other content owners to distribute and monetize their digital media across multiple platforms. iStreamPlanet's team of digital media and broadcast experts has managed and enabled the deployment of more than 1,000 large live events viewed online by millions, including the Presidential Inauguration and the Michael Jackson Memorial. The world's top business leaders (American Express, AT&T, Caterpillar, Microsoft), trendiest music festivals (Bonnaroo, Coachella, SXSW), most popular sporting events (Masters Golf Tournament, Championships at Wimbledon, Sunday Night Football) and major broadcasters (CBS Television, Cablevision, Fox International, NBC) rely on iStreamPlanet's digital media solutions. Through its partnership with Smart City, iStreamPlanet also supports over 60 of the largest U.S. convention centers and event facilities. Founded in 2000, the privately held company is headquartered in Las Vegas with offices in Orlando, Florida; Scottsdale, Arizona; and Washington, D.C. More information is available by calling 702-492-5900 or visiting http://www.istreamplanet.com.
About BET Networks
BET Networks, a division of Viacom Inc. ( VIA, VIA.B), is the nation's leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. BET reaches more than 98 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and sub-Saharan Africa. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions: BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; CENTRIC, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the 25- to 54-year-old African-American audience; BET Digital Networks - BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Home Entertainment, a collection of BET-branded offerings for the home environment including DVDs and video-on-demand; BET Event Productions, a full-scale event management and production company with festivals and live events spanning the globe; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET in the United Kingdom and oversees the extension of BET network programming for global distribution.