The stars of music and screen aligned for Friday's (January 22) "Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief" telethon. [artist id="3235294"]Beyoncé[/artist], [artist id="1269"]Jay-Z[/artist], [artist id="1196261"]Bono[/artist] and [artist id="1138"]Sting[/artist] were just a few who performed to raise money for Haiti, while actors like Tom Hanks, Morgan Freeman and Reese Witherspooon answered phones.
Haiti's devastation was a uniting cause during the telethon, one that especially touched the hearts of [movieperson id="5228"]Halle Berry[/movieperson] and [movieperson id="254878"]Taraji P. Henson[/movieperson], who answered phones.
"I want to do every single thing I can do that can help," said Berry, who also made a plea for donations during the show. "Haiti can't have enough money at this point. ... If you've given, give again. If you're ambivalent, open your heart."
Henson echoed Berry's conviction.
"I can't express how important it is to continue to donate," the "Curious Case of Benjamin Button" actress said. "Imagine wherever you live, waking up, and it's turned to rubbish. Even if you think you've done enough, you can never do enough. Just put your loved ones' faces on the faces of the people of Haiti."
"Thanks so much for giving to give and care about the children and families of Haiti," Berry said to those who donated during Friday's telethon. "It is the best money you'll give in 2010, mark my words."
iTunes customers can exclusively pre-order the "Hope for Haiti Now" full-performance album ($7.99) and the full two-hour video telecast ($1.99). Pre-orders will be delivered in the days following the telethon. Individual audio performances will also be available for purchase and download for 99 cents each in the days following the telethon. Apple, the record labels and the artists will donate their share of the proceeds to Haiti relief funds managed by "Hope for Haiti Now" charities, including the Red Cross and Wyclef's Yele Haiti foundation. Performances will also be available for purchase in the days following the event through Amazon's MP3 service and Rhapsody, through distribution provided by INgrooves.