Various big names came together on June 27 for “Global Goal: Unite for Our Future” to bring back attention to the global issues that various communities suffer disproportionately due to poverty and racism. The concert was about two hours long and raised about 6.9 billion in pledges. Alongside the performances, various stars, such as Dwayne Johnson, Chris Rock, the cast of X-Men, and a few others popped in and spoke one on one about the issues our world is facing today.
“The year 2020 has proven to be a defining period that has impacted all of us around the world in ways we could have never imagined. With so many lives lost COVID-19 has brought uncertainty, has brought pain and impacted the lives of millions. Our hearts go out to the families all around the world who’ve tragically lost a loved one to this virus… We also continued to witness another ongoing disease that had plagued our world for decades, centuries even. Oppression and inequality.”Dwayne Johnson, the host of this year’s Global Goal.
Jennifer Hudson opened the event with a moving statement. “The power of unity creates change, so lets keep coming together to make that change. Good change.” She followed that with a performance of “Where Peaceful Waters Flow” as she cruised down the Chicago River.
Fresh off the release, the duo, Chloe x Halle performed “Rest Of Your Life (ROYL)” and held nothing back. Definitely one of the best performances of the night. It was a more light and fun performance that really showed off their ability to balance rock and swagger.
Miley Cyrus did a cover of The Beatles‘ “Help!” in an empty Rose Bowl Stadium. As her performance began, a quote was seen beside her reading, “Dedicated to those who are tirelessly working on testing, treatment, and vaccines so all of us can come together in places like this empty stadium again.”
Shakira urged the viewers to realize that this is a global issue by opening her performance with a few words of wisdom. “Latin America is now the hardest-hit region of this pandemic, and experts say Africa will be next… We can all do something about it, and that’s why we’re here today.”
J Blavin was another lighter note bringing in a visual pastel twist to his hits “Que Calor” and “Mi Gente” as they effortlessly blended into one song.
Usher performed recently released the single, “I Cry.” The words are emoted through the lyrics as he speaks on racial injustice with the utmost sincerity. His powerful voice is accompanied by videos of protests, people symbolically laid down on the floor, and imagery referring to the BLM movement.
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You can watch the Global Goal in its entirety below on YouTube.