Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony and Alex Rodriguez joined forces in Miami for “One Voice: Somos Live!” to raise money for Puerto Rico.
Over 70 celebrities made an appearance at the concert on the night of 14th October including Demi Lovato, Vin Diesel, Ricky Martin, Bruno Mars, Maroon 5, Ellen De Generes and Kim Kardashian West. The show featured performances from Camila Cabello, Demi Lovato, Maroon 5, Ricky Martin, Gwen Stefani, Chris Martin, Jamie Foxx, Mary J. Blige and more.
The concert was held to drive awareness and raise funds for Puerto Rico, Florida, Texas and other areas in Southern America, Mexico, and the Caribbean affected by natural disasters.
Funds raised from the telethon will benefit the following organizations: Feeding America, Save the Children, Habitat for Humanity, Unidos for Puerto Rico, United Way and UNICEF.
Hurricane Maria; a category 4 hurricane hit Puerto Rico on the morning of 20th September ripping it into half and then flooding it with heavy rainfall. The locals have been in a miserable condition, barely clinging to their lives, dealing with food and power shortages for weeks now.
“One Voice: Somos Live!” will help provide food, shelter, medicine, power and communications to the areas affected by natural disasters.
Jennifer Lopez decided along with her ex-husband, Marc Anthony to take it up to her to help those in pain under the name, “Somos Una Voz” meaning, we are one voice.
As Lopez has her family members living in the affected area, she confessed that she could understand the pain families of the victims must feel.
Her boyfriend, Alex Rodriguez; a professional baseball player, also partnered to bring in donations and support from the sports community.
Talking about her boyfriend’s efforts, Lopez told The People: “Honestly, his contribution has been massive in this effort. We couldn’t have done a lot of the fundraising without him. He brought in a whole different faction of people that Hollywood and the music industries aren’t really connected to. We were very lucky to have him involved and leading this with us.”
Opening up about the awkward trio, Jennifer Lopez said that it was a ‘no brainer’ for her to collaborate with her ex-husband and boyfriend simultaneously on one project.
She explained: “There’s just no question about it when it comes to things like this. The truth is, we are all one. We are all family. We are doing this because it’s the right thing to do. Our community needs us right now, and we are very aware that we are leaders in our community. If we step out and do something, hopefully people will follow and do the same.”
Jennifer personally called each and every celebrity to make sure that they made an appearance in the concert. As a result, many of her celebrity friends came forward to contribute in the initiative.
The 48-year-old said: “Everybody’s been so receptive and just ‘What can we do? How can we help?’ It just restores your faith that there’s so many good people in this world that want to help each other,” she adds. “That’s what the message of the night is. We’re here, we’re here for you, you’re not forgotten in Puerto Rico.”
Celebrities like Bruno Mars made the crowd go crazy with the Spanish version of his single, Just the way you are. Marc Anthony, Daddy Yankee and DJ Khaled also performed live from Miami’s Marlins Park stadium.
Jennifer Lopez stole the show as she set fire on the stage with her amazing performance. She said to the Puerto Ricans, “You are not forgotten.”
While some celebrities performed on stage, other received calls for donations, which poured in heavily. Jared Leto and Jesse Williams were among the celebs answering phones to receive donations.
Famous names like Kim Kardashian, Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Leonardo diCaprio and Vin Diesel used social media to urge people to play their role to help fellow citizens.
The event was broadcasted live on Spanish TV networks, Telemundo and Univision and on NBC in English.
The successful event made an impact on the residents of the devastated areas, ensuring them that they aren’t alone. While, the donations and funds can now be used to bring life back to the victims.