Praise ‘Em!! Gospel Stars Hold National Telethon for St. Jude’s Hospital

Erica Campbell not only singing "Help" but providing some for St. Jude's Children's Hospital.  Photo Credit: Instagram

Erica Campbell not only singing “Help” but providing some for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Photo Credit: Instagram

Radio One tapped into their network of gospel connects–Yolanda Adams, Tom Joyner — on the radio and stage to raise much needed funds for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

The $1.4 million gospel leaders are rallying to raise through the annual Radio Cares for St, Jude Kids fundraiser will be used to treat sickle cell disease, cancer and other illnesses kids shouldn’t have, but unfortunately do.

The national event attracted “NewsOne Now” Roland Martin, Michelle Williams, Tichina Arnold, comedienne Luenell and “Real Housewives of Atlanta” Claudia Jordan. They used their star power to work the phones and persuade callers to donate $20 to be a St. Jude Partner in Hope.

Erica Campbell, one half of Gospel group Mary Mary, also pitched in to help.

It’s events like these that help the hospital pay for travel, housing, food and treatment for families.

Remember St. Jude isn’t like other children’s hospitals. They turn no one away. Even if they’re broke or have no health coverage, an ill child will still receive treatment. And parents don’t have to sweat bullets when the hospital bill comes in the mail beeeccaaaauuuusssseee there is none. See why I think their awesome?

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Trayvon Martin’s Memory Marches On & Obama’s Reaction to Zimmerman Verdict

So, around this time last week I and millions of others had their eyes glued to their TV sets, anxiously waiting for the verdict in the Zimmerman trial to be announced. Once the “not guilty” verdict escaped the judge’s lips it was like a big stone thrown into a pond that reverberated around the world. One week later, people in support of the Martin family marched for Trayvon’s memory and shouted for justice. This afternoon, Al Sharpton’s National Action Network organized synchronized protests in 100 US cities.

Trayvon’s mom Sybrina Fulton decked out in a ” The Trayvon Martin Foundation” T-shirt, attended the rally in New York City that attracted hundreds of protesters. She stood alongside Al Sharpton and adamantly denounced critics painting her son as a menacing thug.

He was a child. Don’t take my word for it. He had a drink and candy.

Tracy Martin, Trayvon’s dad, sporting a T-shirt with Trayvon’s face and ‘I love you’ message at the bottom, attended a vigil in Miami and echoed Sybrina’s words.

I’d like the world to know that Trayvon was my son. He was a loved child. He did nothing wrong and we’re not going to let them persecute him the way that they have.

Beyonce and Jay Z stopped by the rally in New York to show their support.

Many celebs are doing more than standing shoulder to shoulder with the Martin family in this tragedy, but have vowed to withhold their entertaining talents in states that have Stand Your Ground Laws. So far on the list are music icon Stevie Wonder and gospel soul singers Mary Mary.  Stay tuned, I have a feeling more names will be added.

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In light of the anger and emotion behind the verdict, Obama addressed the issue at a surprise press briefing Friday, in which he said Trayvon could have been him 30 years ago. Check the full video below for his thoughts on race in this country.

 

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