VOCAL VOLUME X 2: Jennifer Hudson Performs at Pinoy Relief Benefit Concert

Jennifer Hudson showcasing those vocal pipes. Image Courtesy: directlyrics.com

Jennifer Hudson showcasing those vocal pipes.
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For those wondering if JHud can still belt out those gazillion range notes in “You’re Gonna Love Me,” peep the video below.

Now that your mind has officially been blown. We’ve got another vocal vixen that blew the roof off Madison Square Garden last night–American Idol finalist Jessica Sanchez  sang Frozen’s “Let it Go.”

Jessica Sanchez letting those high notes flow singing "Let it Go" Image Courtesy: UNTV

Jessica Sanchez letting those high notes flow singing “Let it Go”
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The songbirds took their talents to MSG for the Pinoy Relief Concert that raises money to rebuild communities in the Philippines destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan last year. As of last month, Pinoy Relief Fund has raised over $700,000  towards recovery, emergency response and reconstruction. Their goal is $5 million. Funds from the benefit concert have yet to be released.

Jennifer told the crowd no matter where you are, if in need a hand should be extended.

Filipino singer Charice of “Glee” and Black Eyed Peas rapper apl.de.ap, also reigning from Philippines, performed at the concert.

Charice going the short hair-don't-care route using her stellar voice to help her country get back on their feet. Image Courtesty: UNTV

Charice going the short hair-don’t-care route using her stellar voice to help her homeland get back on its feet.
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Black Eyed Peas rapper apl.de.ap slaying the crowd. Image Courtesy: UNTV

Black Eyed Peas rapper apl.de.ap slaying the crowd.
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Looks like all the performers put in work last night. Good job!!

To donate to the Pinoy Relief Fund, click here.

Remembering Paul Walker (1973-2013)

Paul Walker in Haiti in 2010. Photo credit: Paul Walker Facebook page

Paul Walker in Haiti in 2010.
Photo credit: Paul Walker Facebook page

So, I’m not going to pretend I was Paul Walker’s biggest fan (that’s reserved for this special little lady) or that I didn’t confuse him with this action star from time to time. Because I would be a big fat phony if I did. What is genuine in my thoughts about Paul Walker is the void he left behind. I see it in Tyrese Gibson’s tear-stained eyes, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s heartfelt statement and Ludicrous’ Instagram poem expressing the loss.

And what a loss it has been. Not just for the entertainment industry and obviously his family, but also his philanthropic community.

“Paul wasn’t someone who would just write a check and lend his name to an organization; he was the heart and soul of Reach Out Worldwide,” wrote JD Dorfman, EMT working with Walker’s Reach Out WorldWide non-profit, on Facebook.  “Paul was the first one in and the last one out, he led by example and his hard work and dedication inspired everyone who had the privilege of working with him.”

Paul founded the Reach Out WorldWide org when he joined Haiti’s relief efforts during the country’s devastating 2010 earthquake. Realizing Haiti had so few emergency resources, he called on his friends for help. Soon after he tied together all first responders–EMTs, Firefighters, Logistic managers–to go to remote locations that needed help.

Reach Out WorldWide assisted in several disasters; typhoon Haiyan, Indonesia tsunami, Chile and Haiti earthquakes and Oklahoma city tornado.

All while Paul Walker was pretty much mum about his efforts. But no less passionate it seems.

“When you put good will out there it’s amazing what can be accomplished.” – Paul Walker

Sad to say, but in Paul Walker’s death it seems I’m just being introduced to him. And what he truly valued in his life.

Universal Pictures announced that a percentage of the Fast & Furious 6 DVD will go towards Paul Walker’s  non profit.

R.I.P Paul, and may your lasting legacy be racing to help others.

How You Can Help The Philippines

Help put the pieces back together.  Photo Credit: Reuters/Trust.org

Help put the pieces back together.
Photo Credit: Reuters/Trust.org

No other country needs T.L.C like the Philippines does right now. Its been five days since Typhoon Haiyan made landfall on coastal towns and Filipinos are in desperate need of everything. Before you unfold your wallets and unzip your purses, consider this, if you are anything like me you know giving isn’t a privilege its a necessity (firm believer in karma, do unto others…you know what I mean) and as such you want to give responsibly.

So, I don’t plop down my debit card for every emergency assistance program, specifically not the one that’s always highlighted in “Red” and their contributors are “Cross” when they discover their contribution wasn’t… er..contributed to the right place. I know from whence I speak.

Anyway, to help you guys out I’ve come up with a list of organizations that I know like the back of my hand will put your dollars and cents to good use.

1. Doctors without Borders Just to give you an example of how bad ass these doctors are, The New York Times reported that the Paris organization traveled by boat, plane and helicopter to reach areas of the Philippines that no one else had access to to help survivors. Yeah, you can make the check payable to “Doctors Without Borders…”

2. World Food Program– This long storied org that is part of the United Nations has already handed out meals (rice and canned goods)  to over 500,000 families in the Philippines as I write this post.

3. Mercy Corps– They have emergency teams on the ground now in Tacloban, Phillippines–the hardest hit area–to review survivor numbers, sanitation and water levels as a result of the storm. As well get badly needed supplies to survivors of the cyclone.

In all seriousness, the Philippines needs as much aid as possible, so even if you are comfortable giving to the Red Cross, please do. It is desperately needed.

Please  continue to keep the Philippines in your thoughts and prayers.