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Hurricane Dorian became a post-tropical cyclone and made landfall in Nova Scotia early Sunday morning. CNN has ceased its live coverage of Dorian’s deadly impact on the Bahamas, and shared a number of statistics (current as of 5:41 p.m Eastern September 8, 2019): 43 people were confirmed dead, though that number is sadly expected to rise. More than 70,000 people on Grand Bahama and the Abaco Islands are now homeless. On Saturday, 1,500 survivors took a cruise ship from the Bahamas to Florida. Yesterday, at least one charter flight brought evacuees from Marsh Harbor to Nassau. While Trump still wants to argue about Alabama’s close call, the Bahamians are in desperate need of assistance.
Lenny Kravitz, who lives in the Bahamas, and whose mother is from the Bahamas, spoke to Chris Cuomo on CNN on Saturday about the devastation left in Dorian’s wake. His Let Love Rule Foundation is helping fellow Bahamians recover.
Their goal: The end goal is to get the Islands back on their feet. And for me, it’s so important that the locals get their housing back, get their lives back, and that’s going to take a great effort.
What he knows about the devastation: I’ve talked to a lot of family back in Nassau, as well as Eleuthera, and there are a lot of people that have not been heard from. So, we don’t know all of the answers yet. But yes, they’re going to find a lot, as the days and the weeks move on. We’ve never seen anything like this. This is absolutely, you know, monumental.
On his foundation’s work: Right now is stage one. You know, so through my organization, the Let Love Rule Foundation, we have boats that will be leaving Eleuthera tomorrow, filled with basic needs, generators, chainsaws, flashlights, water, food, roofing materials, drop cloths, I mean things, so people can get dry, they can have some shelter, food, etcetera.
We’ve had medical, you know, equipment and meds sent over as well. But the end goal is to get the Islands back on their feet. And for me, it’s so important that the locals get their housing back, get their lives back, and that’s going to take a great effort.
So, I’ve been on the phone all day today, talking to lots of people in my business, and other businesses, as to how we’re going to come together, and – and really help the Bahamas.
And I was on the phone just a few minutes ago with Reese Witherspoon who lives down in the Abacos in Baker’s Bay, and we’re talking about what we can do.
So, as the days progress, we will continue to figure things out, and continue, that’s the – that’s the key, is to continue until everybody’s back on their feet.
[From Cuomo Prime Time on CNN]
Lenny Kravitz’s team tweeted on Saturday a link to purchase a shirt from his online store. All of the proceeds will go to relief efforts in the Bahamas:
Help restore The Bahamas- all proceeds from the sale of this shirt will support relief efforts in the Bahamas. -TeamLK https://t.co/fnypd73YVB pic.twitter.com/jVix5grhW2
— Lenny Kravitz (@LennyKravitz) September 7, 2019
One of Lenny’s recent Instagram stories offered this link to organizations that people can donate to.
I hope that all of Lenny’s family is all OK, and I’m anxious about what the final death toll is going to be. I’m also so angry that there’s been the unnecessary distracting circus of Trump’s false Alabama story and the fact that NOAA told its scientists to keep their mouths shut about Trump’s false forecast. It is beyond chilling that scientists are being told to conceal the truth about forecasts, which are based on facts (which, sure, can change over time), and are meant to assist people and give them the information that they need to know in order to prepare and stay safe. Good for Lenny for using his foundation to help the recovery efforts and to draw attention to relief efforts. One resident of Abaco, Ted Curry, told CNN via WhatsApp: “The island of Abaco has been through and survived many hurricanes in the past. It didn’t take long for us to rebound, but this is different from anything we’ve every experienced. This hurricane will set us back for years to come.” Mr. Curry also struck an optimistic note, saying “Abaconians are a resilient group of people. When we do come back we will be bigger stronger and better than before.” Michael Harriot, the Senior Writer for The Root, wrote a fascinating Twitter thread about Abaco, where many Africans enslaved by the British landed as freed people after Britain abolished slavery in 1807.
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Go on Lenny!!!
Prayers🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼 for all those impacted. Glad to see Lenny and so many others helping out. I’ll do my small part through donations. But it will be a long, slow recovery.
Remembering going weeks without getting confirmation that my husband’s Abuela was OK on Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria… wishing no one had to go through that anxiety and fear, wondering if their loved ones are ok in the Bahamas.
These hurricanes bring families and communities to their knees. It is devastating. We must keep these people in our minds and in the news, donate all you can. They will need supplies and help for a very very long time to come. They are at great risk right now. Imagine no fresh water, no food, no medical assistance, no safe home or building to stay in, etc. They truly need help like never before.
My heart breaks for the islands in the Atlantic and Caribbean, as these hurricanes grow worse and worse each year.
Oh wow, that sounds utterly harrowing. I was getting teary eyed just now at Lenny’s compassionate response…such a contrast to our garbage POTUS who literally can’t be bothered because he’s too busy having tantrums.
Lenny is everything.
That’s awesome of Lenny. Hope his family is all OK.
World Central Kitchen and St Bernard Project are two other good charities, focusing on food and rebuilding, respectively.
That man has not aged a day in my lifetime. Lenny 4-ever!
Is the Queen going to unclench any of her resources to help her Commonwealth?
Horrible that so many have lost their lives, homes and livelihoods. Devastating! Will donate what I can to help. Sending positive and healing wishes to all affected.
It’s bad. Like, really bad. They are still finding bodies as the death toll continues to rise. Someone said it smelled like death there and it honestly does. My heart is broken in so many pieces. I will be back down there Thursday to do trauma counseling for responders and victims. I was there this weekend, though only did a quick stop on Elbow Cay and Marsh Harbour to bring portable solar arrays, water purification systems, and tents. This week we will be shuttling supplies and food from the Exuma Cays to Marsh Harbour and some of our friends will be hooking up with WKC to prepare food. Keep giving and keep caring.
Thank you for doing the work you do @paranormal girl
The Bahamas is my second home, and once my kids are out of college, it will be my first home. I have to give back somehow, you know? Use what I have for the good of others. The last time I focused on trauma counseling was back after 9/11, I’m expecting to need my own therapy after this like I did then.
My prayers are with those in the Bahamas. Thank you, Lenny, for all of your help.
On a happier note, I saw Lenny last night on his Raise Vibration tour in Minneapolis He was so incredible. Best concert I’ve ever been to. He and all of his fans rocked the house to the max last night.