During “The Color of Covid,” an hour-long special hosted by CNN’s Don Lemon and political commentator Van Jones on Saturday evening, celebrities highlighted the challenges facing black and brown communities, providing names of aid organizations, and gave words of encouragement and action to viewers.
“The facts are sobering, they are depressing and they are tragic. African Americans helped build this country and make it big. We don’t deserve to be in this position. We don’t deserve to be always thought of And I want to say to my people: let’s not wait for anyone to save us. Let’s use this as a reset, “said Combs at the event.
In Chicago, officials said last week that 72% of deaths from the virus had occurred among blacks, who represent about 30% of the city’s population. Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said more than 70 percent of the state’s coronavirus deaths were African American patients, who make up only 32 percent of the state’s population.
Rapper Snoop Dogg
“I want to send words of encouragement to all of my people there. Yo, I want you to have fun, I want you to make the most of your time at home. Spend time with your loved ones, enter tune in. Go to Instagram, watch funny stuff, watch good movies. Keep your spirits up. “
NBA legend Magic Johnson
“African-Americans lead to the death of the coronavirus. If there is anything I can tell you, we have to do what we are supposed to do. Stay at home, social distancing. You can’t have car parties, you can’t have parties, you can’t have meetings at all. You have to stay at home and practice social distancing. It kills our community, this virus. “
Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda
“As Covid-19 continues to devastate global health and the economy, a new conversation is taking place. In our country, black and brown communities are the hardest hit. Fortunately, organizations like the Hispanic Federation are here today, just like them. We’ve been helping for 30 years. We have partnered with the Hispanic Federation to create non-profit emergency aid to help more than 150 Latinx community organizations across the country and in Puerto Rico to relieve pain in Latinx communities. “
Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller
As you may have heard, I have been diagnosed with Covid-19 and I want to join the show tonight to make sure people understand that this virus is real. It does not only affect the elderly or those living in nursing homes. We must do everything we can as a nation and community to slow this situation down and limit its spread. I’m in quarantine now but I’m looking to the future. I think it will be important to carry on some of the things we have learned and invest in programs that will protect us all. People in general and in particular our front line workers in all areas. I hope everyone continues to do their part and I look forward to the moment when we are all gone.
Actress America Ferrera
“I want to say” thank you “from the bottom of my heart to all of the amazing people who show up every day to provide essential services during this crisis. Some of these people are agricultural workers from our country. They are putting their lives and health on the map by planting, picking and packaging the food we all need to get through this COVID-19 crisis. Yet farmers say they don’t have enough food to feed their own families. Even though the government has viewed them as essential workers, they are denied essential benefits. These front-line workers need our help. “
“I want to take this moment to show a lot of love and appreciation to all the nurses and doctors who are fighting in the hospital on the front line. I also want to thank all the drivers and the midwives, and all the people who work in the supermarket, for making the world move. Without you, the world would be a mess. Thank you so much. I also want to thank all the mentors and teachers who teach online. “
Comedian George Lopez and actress Constance Marie
“We would like to send a huge abrazo to the Latin community, which is our community,” says comedian George Lopez. Actress Constance Marie adds: “Special thanks to all the essential workers in our community because you are on the front line, you pass, you are heroes. We know that you work long hours away from your family to help everyone. ”