One World: Together at Home connects people through music

More than 70 musical artists gather together to support the One World: Together at Home charity concert.
One World: Together at Home was an 8-hour charity concert and campaign held by the Global Citizen Organization, the World Health Organization (WHO) and, well known celebrity Lady Gaga in order to raise funds for the Covid-19 solidarity response fund for WHO.
The One World concert was sponsored by philanthropists and corporations and the audience was told to “put your credit cards away, wallets away, and sit back and enjoy the show.” according to Forbes Magazine. The amount donated/raised was $128 million which surpassed the Live Aid broadcast in 1985 with a collected amount of $127 million.
The one world concert was hosted by the 3 late night tv hosts: Jimmy Fallon of “The Tonight Show”, Stephen Colbert from “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and Jimmy Kimmel from “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”
Although philanthropists and corporations donated to the cause, they were not the only people who helped with the overall gain of the funds.
According to NBC Today The Coca-Cola Company, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, PepsiCo, Target, Verizon and several other sponsors were involved in helping raise the funds for COVID-19 relief.
In addition to the popular late night tv personalities, there were also performances done by 70+ artists ranging in genre from Lizzo in pop, to Billy Joel Armstrong in rock. The One World concert brought in a lot of attention and had a viewership of 21 million, according to the Billboard it is the biggest audience for saturday night programs like, ABC, CBS, NBC, and The CW, excluding the NFL playoffs.
Although the performances kept the audience entertained there were still celebrities that came on during the concert to talk about serious messages, like R&B artists Beyonce Knowles and Alicia Keys. While Knowles did not perform she added to the topic and discussed the problems that the colored community is facing during these trying and difficult times. Knowles voiced that 57% of the fatal cases in her hometown, Houston,Texas, are African-American and that the people with already pre-existing health conditions will be at risk.
“A recent report from my home city of Houston, Texas, showed that COVID-19 deaths within Houston city limits, 57% of fatal cases are African American,” Knowles said.
Keys said the same concern when she says that 33% of the cases are African-American even though African-Anericans make up 13% of the U.S. population. “Pre-existing health conditions and lack of information and affordable health care and economic and societal circumstances are some of the reasons why it is most prevalent among communities of color,” Keys said.