Romeo, the New Boyz, LilMama, JoJo, Steph Jones, and others performed at the I Heart Haiti Kids BenefitConcert and Book Drivewhich was featured on Livestream.com. Their goal is to build schools for childrenin Haiti.Attendants were asked to donate two new or gently used books for the effort.
After Haiti was hitwith the earthquake, Romeo asked his father Master P what they could do tohelp.
"Us being from New Orleans, we experiencedHurricane Katrina first hand with our family," Romeo said backstage. "We reallyknew what the people really needed to get back on the right track.
"A lot of people just thinkthat when something terrible happens, they only think about food and shelter,"Romeo continued. "People don't realize that kids develop their life in school.These kids in Haiti,their lives were crumbled. A lot of my friends in New Orleans, they didn't have no where to go.They had to go to other schools, and when it was at capacity, they couldn't gothere.
"We want to do our best tobuild enough schools so that kids can get back on the right track and have aregular life."
I interviewed several of theartists on hand about their involvement in the event.
Dr. Dolittle actress Kyla Pratt co-hosted the event along with QDeezy from Los Angeles' KPWR. Pratt does not sing ordance, so she was grateful that they found a way for her to be involved.
California's jerk kings the New Boyz got a call from Master Pjust a few days before the event and were eager to lend their support.
JoJo, who remerges onTimbaland's Shock Value II album, is childhood friends with Romeo. When he toldher about the event, she immediately signed up.
Lil' Mama, who refers toherself as the voice of the young people, joked that she had to be a part ofthe event. She performed one of her new songs, "The Bakery."
For more information on IHeart Haiti Kids, go to: http://ihearthaitikids.org/
Text "SAVEKIDS"to 85944, to pledge $10.