British actress Jameela Jamil on Saturday kicked off an eight-hour global event of music, comedy and personal stories aimed at bringing hope and unity during the coronavirus pandemic.
Pop and classical musicians from the United States, Asia and the Middle East, all performing from their homes, appeared on the “One World: Together at Home” live stream due to run for six hours to pay tribute to frontline workers battling the health crisis around the world.
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Jamil, known for her TV series “The Good Place,” told viewers the event was meant to be “a moment of respite.”
“Put your wallets away. This is not a fundraiser. We are just here to give you an incredible show with amazing live performances,” she said.
American actor Jack Black injected humor into the event with a fitness segment about flattening his own curve, featuring him attempting push-ups, running, swimming and dancing.
While the special is not a public fundraiser, it is also aimed at encouraging philanthropists and companies to contribute to the WHO's COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. Corporate and other donors have already contributed some $35 million, organizers said last week.
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