R&B superstar Janet Jackson took some time during her State of the World Tour stop in Houston this weekend to meet with victims of Hurricane Harvey and raise their spirits following the storm’s destructive path through the surrounding region.
Jackson, along with Houston mayor Sylvester Turner, stopped by the George R. Brown Convention Center on Friday to meet with evacuees who are sheltered there following the storm’s landfall in Houston two weeks ago. Approximately 1,600 evacuees are currently being housed in the convention center.
In a video message posted on her Twitter ahead of her stop in Houston, the president of the Rhythm Nation reiterated her pledge of emotional and financial support to the victims of Harvey in Houston, announcing her plan to arrive in Houston earlier than previously planned to visit shelters and “do something special for the victims.”
In addition to meeting and speaking with the victims in Houston, Jackson is donating the proceeds from her show to local flood relief charities.
— Janet Jackson (@JanetJackson) September 7, 2017
Jackson is the latest in a long line of artists in the last few weeks who’ve dedicated shows (and their proceeds) to disaster-stricken areas in Texas and Louisiana.
Houston native Solange Knowles announced that on Sept. 28 she’ll be playing a benefit concert in Boston and donating all proceeds to relief efforts in Houston. Her sister Beyoncé has also already donated a significant sum of money to help their hometown and will be participating in a star-studded telethon that will be broadcast across television networks on Tuesday.
Jackson is now back on the road, bringing her eight-month-old son Eissa with her, stopping in 56 cities throughout North America through December.
The one-hour Hand in Hand telethon — which has now been expanded to include relief for Hurricane Irma — will be broadcast live on NBC, CBS, ABC and CMT at 8 p.m. EST on Tuesday, as well as live streamed on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.