Gotta Love Houston: Celebs Who Rep Hard For H-Town

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Gotta Love Houston: Celebs Who Rep Hard For H-Town

Honoring the city's strength during Hurricane Harvey.

Published August 30, 2017

The recent tragedies caused by Hurricane Harvey in Houston saw many of the city's natives watch their lives dissipate as the torrential rains and floods destroyed everything in its path. 

Several well-known celebrities who hail from the culturally rich city have taken to social media to share their thoughts, prayers, personal stories and donations with the inhabitants of the city they hold so dear.

From some of the most influential members of the Houston music scene like Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, LeToya Luckett and Paul Wall to actors and politicians like Phylicia Rashad and Al Green, this city is rich in its contributions to the country's progression on all fronts.

See all of the figures who make H-Town proud, below:

  1. Born and raised in Houston, Beyoncé has always let it be known how much she adores her hometown. Bey called for prayers on behalf of those affected by Hurricane Harvey and revealed that she was working alongside her BeyGOOD foundation and her pastor Rudy Rasmus to assist as many people affected by the hurricane as possible.

    A post shared by Beyoncé (@beyonce) on

  2. Former rapper-turned-tech whiz Chamillionaire soared on the top of the charts with his laid back H-Town swag. In light of Hurricane Harvey’s devastation in his hometown, Chamillionaire has retweeted posts with helpful information for those in need and also shared a video of several members of the national guard using his Convoz app while on the ground in Houston.

  3. Proud Houston native and acclaimed actor Isaiah Washington reposted an image of his childhood neighborhood drastically flooded but remained optimistic due to the spirit of unity that he believes emerges in times of natural disasters.

  4. R&B songstress Kelly Rowland landed her role in one of the biggest girl groups of all time in Houston, so it was only right that she paid homage to the city in light of the recent devastation. “Houston has and always will be the city that changed my life,” she said in an Instagram post.

     

    Houston has, and always will be the city that changed my LIFE! Everyone please send out prayers for H-Town! 🙏🏾

    A post shared by Kelly Rowland (@kellyrowland) on

  5. Rapper Kirko Bangz created a GoFundMe account raising money for those affected by the hurricane. A fellow Houston native, Bangz has kept his social media platforms up to date with frequent updates regarding shelter and assistance for those displaced.

  6. A proud believer that Texas is the greatest state on earth, rapper Lecrae took to social media sharing a video asking for prayers on behalf of himself and various members of his family.

  7. Acclaimed actress and singer LeToya Luckett got her big break as part of a Houston-based girl group. Proud of the place she calls home, Luckett asked for prayers on behalf many of her family members that still live in Houston while posting tips for those still waiting to be rescued.

     

    WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS!! Prayers up 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾 Repost @territhomas ・・・ We are still in this but here's info for now for my out of town people 🙏🏼 Hurricane Relief Fund: HOUSTON - After receiving an overwhelming number of inquiries from citizens and corporations who would like to help, Mayor Sylvester Turner has established the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund that will accept tax deductible flood relief donations. The fund is administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation. “We are getting calls from across the country and right here in our hometown, and the generosity of people who understand this disaster is truly amazing,” said Mayor Turner. “Together we can make a difference to those who will need extensive help to get back on their feet once this storm is over.” Methods to Donate: Online Credit Card Donations: Visit www.ghcf.org. Online credit card donations will be assessed a small fee, typically 3%, by the credit card companies. Donors have the option of increasing their credit card donations to cover this fee. Checks/Money Orders: Mail to Greater Houston Community Foundation, 5120 Woodway Drive, Suite 6000, Houston, TX 77056. Transfer Cash by Wire: Wire To: JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A. Houston, TX ABA # 021000021 For credit to: Greater Houston Community Foundation A/C#: 849170287 For further credit to: Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund For stocks, corporate bonds and other marketable securities, please contact: donorservices@ghcf.org (via @isiahcareyfox26 )

    A post shared by LeToya Luckett (@letoyaluckett) on

  8. Mike Jones’s iced-out grills and Southern charm made him a hit with fans. The H-town rapper posted several photos spreading the word about shelters while providing updates regarding Hurricane Harvey’s status.

    Updates

    A post shared by Mike Jones (@where_mikejones) on

  9. From his dazzling grills to his trill swag, Paul Wall screamed Houston style. The prominent rapper revealed that he’d be collecting a wide variety of supplies on behalf of those impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

     

    We are planning some hurricane relief events. If u want to help please contact @papforlife protectchild1@yahoo.com Every little bit counts. Even if all you can give is a prayer, that still helps a lot. We have a few drop off locations already set. If u want to donate you can go to: @johnnydangandco 6224 Richmond ave @paradiseglassgallery 45/north main @texanwirewheels Northside Acres Homes @g6_tattoos @stateoftheartsupply 4000 Telephone Rd Houston TX 77087 @htxtactical 13831 Northwest Fwy Suite 125, Houston, TX 77040 @tshirtspot6500 TShirt Spot 6500 MLK @e_donedeal iFix Gadgets: 88 e crosstimbers 77022 @8thwonderbrew 2202 Dallas St @mixfitzstudio 250 Patton street @trahanswings 12303 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 77077 North Main Church of God And Christ 7206 N Main Houston 77022 @nineinnovations @houstonchiros @dabassllc 8615 Westheimer rd Houston, Texas 77063.

    A post shared by Paul Wall The Po Up Poet (@paulwallbaby) on

  10. An H-Town gem, Solange issued an uplifting statement to her fellow Houstonians via social media.

    uplifting you houston, and sending prayers, love, and strength to all in my city....

    A post shared by Solange (@saintrecords) on

  11. There’s no denying it, Trae Tha Truth lives and breathes Houston, Texas. After sharing several posts on how to assist those in need and tips for those waiting to be rescued, the veteran rapper revealed that he himself had to be rescued hours before hopping in a boat to help others in need during an interview with FOX 26.

     

    We R One.... HoUSton....🙏🏿

    A post shared by traeabn (@traeabn) on

  12. Rapper Travis Scott paid homage to his hometown by asking for prayers and listing a series of contact numbers for those displaced.

    🙏 Phoning home

    A post shared by flame (@travisscott) on

  13. Gospel legend Yolanda Adams shared a social media update revealing that she was fine in spite of the hurricane, but asked for prayers for her fellow Houstonians.

  14. Fifth Harmony member Normani Kordei relocated with her family to Houston after suffering from the torrential rains and floods from the highly documented Hurricane Karina in New Orleans. She recently took to Instagram to share her story and extend her prayers and some inspirational words to those who are also suffering this major loss.

    Nothing could possibly prepare any of us for a catastrophic happening as great as this. We as a human race, as a country, as a community and as brothers and sisters need to commit ourselves in being the light during this time of darkness for my city. The only walls that exist are the ones that we have allowed to be placed in our minds and in our hearts. I beg you to allow this awakening to help recognize that natural disasters are blinded by the color of our skin, our sexual orientation, our political stance and religious beliefs. It destroys families and tears lives apart indiscriminately. My family relocated to Houston twelve years ago due to Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. I'm here to let you know that I understand the pain and devastation that this has caused and the suffering that everyone is feeling in this very moment. We must come together as one with open hearts because this is the only way to survive. God is love and all things good. Look to the heavens, Observe the stars, millions of them, twinkling in the night sky, all with a message of unity and love that is the very nature of God and His glory. Please demonstrate acts of kindness in any way you can whether it's donating money, clothing and food or helping to house those who have lost their homes. Don't become dehumanized by neglecting to help those in need. This could have happened to any of us. This too shall pass 🦋 #harveyrelief #hurricaneharvey #prayforhouston

    A post shared by Normani Kordei (@normanikordei) on

  15. Iconic choreographer, television director and producer Debbie Allen was born in Houston, so the recent events occurring in the city hit home for her. She recently took to Twitter to show the visible flood damage done to the theater where she once rehearsed before posting a link where her followers could go to to help those in need.

  16. The Cosby Show star and iconic actress Phylicia Rashad, Allen's sister, is also a proud Houston native known for her theatrical work, effervescent, classic beauty and inspirational public speaking.

  17. Original Dreamgirls star Loretta Devine was born in Houston and even graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in drama. She shares some key information about the events of Hurricane Harvey on her Instagram page.

    The needed information.

    A post shared by Loretta Devine (@lodivadevine) on

  18. Former NFL star-turned-television host and personality Michael Strahan has always stood strong in his love for his hometown of Houston and wasted no time in sending his love and prayers to all those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

  19. The L.A. Complex and Black Jesus star Andra Fuller was heavily affected by the destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey and perfectly articulated that in a lengthy post on Facebook, which he reported to all of his social media accounts. See his powerful words, below:

    Everything we experience in life is a lesson, we just have to be willing learners.

    A post shared by ANDRA FULLER (@mrdrefuller) on

  20. "Girlfight" singer and Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood newbie Brooke Valentine is a proud Houston woman and shared her thoughts and prayers with those affected by Hurricane Harvey with a simple Instagram post.

    🙏🏽

    A post shared by Brooke Valentine (@4everbrooke) on

  21. Lee P. Brown is undoubtedly a trailblazer in the Houston community, serving as its very first Black mayor  after being elected in 1997. He was the city's 50th mayor.

  22. Sheila Jackson Lee, a Houston resident, is known as one of two Black Texan United States House of Representative members, and one of the most influential women in politics.

  23. Al Green, another Houston native, stands as a member of Texas's ninth district as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

  24. Sylvester Turner was elected mayor of Houston on December 13, 2015, and stands as the second African-American mayor of the city. He has been very vocal and active in his efforts to help those members of his city who have been largely affected by Hurricane Harvey.

See how Hurricane Harvey has devastated Houston with BET Breaks, above.

Written by BET Staff

(Photos from left: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images For Roc Nation, Jason Kempin/Getty Images, Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)

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