Celebrities including Snoop Dogg, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Taraji P. Henson and Sean “Diddy” Combs came together to show their support for underserved communities hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.
During “The Color of Covid,” an hour-long special hosted by CNN’s Don Lemon and political commentator Van Jones on Saturday night, celebs put a spotlight on challenges faced by black and brown communities, provided names of organizations helping with relief efforts, and gave words of encouragement and action to viewers.
Here are some of those messages:
Actress Taraji P. Henson: “I’m reaching out to those of you in communities of color who may be feeling lost, heartbroken and alone during this time of uncertainty. I want you to know that what you feel is real. I see you and I’m with you.”
Rapper Snoop Dogg: “Spend some time with your loved ones, get in tune with yourself. Go to Instagram, watch some funny stuff, check out some good movies. Keep your spirits up.”
Sean “Diddy” Combs: “I want to say to my people: Let’s not wait on nobody to save us. Let’s use this as a reset.”
“Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda: “As Covid-19 continues to devastate the world’s health and economy, a new conversation is taking place. In our country, black and brown communities are getting hit the hardest. Luckily, organizations such as the Hispanic Federation are here today, just as they’ve been for the last 30 years to help.”
Musician will.i.am: “I want to take this moment in time to show a lot of love and appreciation for all of the nurses and the doctors, fighting in the hospital in the front line. I also want to thank all of the drivers and delivery folk, and all of the people working in the supermarket.”
Actress America Ferrera: “I want to say ‘thank you’ from the bottom of my heart to all the amazing people showing up everyday to provide critical services through this crisis. Some of those people are our nation’s farmworkers. They’re putting their lives and health on the line by planting, picking, and packing the food we all need to get through this Covid-19 crisis.”
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