Friday, September 9

Friends with benefits: Star-studded fundraisers besiege airwaves

Got money? Well Marg Badu -- Oops! "Erykah" Badu -- along with Chris Rock, Robert DeNiro, Lenny Kravitz, and the Iron Chef are just a few of the entertainment heavy-hitters gearing up to take a little of that dough off your hands. All weekend, we'll hear a cacophony of celebs on-stage, urging our support for Hurricane Katrina victims. And as is the American way, we'll be totally entertained while they do.

Whether your idea of fun is sitting at a table making a poker face, lazing in front of a TV watching a reknowned chef stuff his face, or partying in Da Club giving gansta face, pop icons will pop up everywhere this weekend (and beyond) to separate you from your cash. But it's all good, right?!

• BET will host the "S.O.S. (Saving OurSelves) Relief Telethon" on Friday (7:30 p.m. EDT). Participants will include Jay-Z, Diddy, Erykah Badu, Master P, Pharrell Williams,
Chris Rock and Stevie Wonder.

• Poker Web site will host a celebrity tournament Friday with participants including Hilary Duff, Hank Azaria, Shannon Elizabeth and Jennifer Tilly to compete for a $100,000 donation to the Red Cross.

• "ReAct Now: Music & Relief" will air Saturday on MTV, VH1 and CMT (8 p.m. EDT) with artists including the Rolling Stones,
Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Sheryl Crow, Alan Jackson, Kelly Clarkson, the Neville Brothers and Kanye West.

• The "American Idols Live!" tour will hold a benefit show Sunday in Syracuse, N.Y.

• From Sept. 11-18, jazz musicians in New York will raise money for the Red Cross with shows in clubs throughout the city.

• Chefs for Humanity, an organization created by the Food Network's "Iron Chef" Cat Cora, will hold an eBay auction Sept. 12-21 to raise money for
UNICEF's Katrina relief fund.

• David Banner, through his Heal The Hood foundation, will hold a Sept. 17 benefit concert in Atlanta with guest appearances/performances by T.I., Nelly and Twista.

• Jazz at Lincoln Center's Sept. 17 benefit concert in New York will air live on PBS. Participants will include Wynton Marsalis,
Bill Cosby, Elvis Costello, Robert De Niro, Paul Simon and Bette Midler.

• Madison Square Garden will host a Sept. 20 benefit concert in New York. The lineup includes
Elton John, Rod Stewart, Jimmy Buffett, Bette Midler, Lenny Kravitz and Fats Domino.

• "Gospel Angels," a live concert from Atlanta, will air Sept. 22 (8 p.m. EDT) on the Gospel Music Channel and Paxson Communications' i network. The show also will include performances from hurricane victims' shelters.

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