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Ethika Underwear Major Support for Houston ... $250K of Bras, Briefs!!!

8/30/2017 3:01 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Ethika Underwear will have Houston's back and front covered -- thanks to a massive shipment of sports bras and underwear that's headed to Texas.

Ethika announced Wednesday it had sent 14,000 pairs of men's, women's, and kids underwear to George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston to hook up more than 8,000 evacuees there in the wake of Harvey.

CEO Matt Cook says, "I started thinking about the people in Houston and the fact they were displaced from their homes and missing basic necessities, including clean underwear, and it just made sense to help out." 

The donated underwear amounts to more than $250K in retail value.

Not to worry guys, you don't have to be as gifted as The Game to rock these briefs.  

Hurricane Harvey No Tortoise Left Behind

8/30/2017 11:36 AM PDT

Rescue efforts in Houston are in full swing ... and, no, people aren't forgetting the 4-legged victims.

This tortoise was rescued Wednesday on a tugboat by Aaron Jayjack during historic flooding in the city. He looks a bit discombobulated ... albeit safely aboard and secure.

As we reported ... Harvey will have an enormous impact on pets as they become displaced and separated from their homes and owners. 

This big guy might be a shell of his former self after the storm ... but at least he isn't turnt up in the water.

Master P Kevin, Stop Bullying Celebs Let Them Donate What They Want

8/30/2017 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Master P thinks Kevin Hart is missing the boat by strong-arming celebs into donating $25k for Harvey relief.

The hip-hop mogul has personally donated a significant amount but won't say how much, and he thinks that's the way it should be. People shouldn't be judged by how much they give ... they should give from the heart, and it's not a competition.

Master P knows a thing or 2 about hurricanes ... he's from NOLA and helped with the Katrina disaster relief.

Gospel Star Israel Houghton Real Deal on Joel Osteen Is ... He'll Support Houston

8/30/2017 7:12 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Joel Osteen ain't lying about not being able to open his megachurch earlier to Houston flood victims ... this according to the gospel star who worked with Joel for years.

We got Grammy winner Israel Houghton Tuesday night at Catch and asked what he made of the backlash Joel's been catching for turning away flood evacuees on Monday, before finally opening Lakewood Church on Tuesday.

Israel was a church member and performed there for 15 years -- and assured us he knows the "real deal" ... as he backed up Joel's word that the church was too flooded.

Houston Telethon Set for Sept. Organizers Include Bun B, Manchester Concert Organizers

8/30/2017 9:24 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Bun B and the people behind Ariana Grande's Manchester benefit concert have jumped on the Hurricane Harvey relief effort by organizing a massive telethon ... TMZ has learned.

Sources connected to the event tell us, Bun -- a Houston rap legend -- and the good folks who organized the One Love Manchester show have targeted September 12 for the event, and they have gotten commitments from the major TV networks to run it live in primetime.

Jamie Foxx -- a Texas native himself -- will also be heavily involved ... he teased the event Tuesday on IG.

Hurricane Harvey Pets Suffer Significant Emotional Impact

8/30/2017 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

As much as people are suffering in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, pets are going through it just as bad ... according to one expert.

Professional pet sitter and veterinary nurse Diana Carreon says animals process displacement and trauma the same as humans. She explains how the emotional impact of Harvey can impact pets ... from withdrawal to aggressiveness.

Diana also says animals can suffer PTSD in ways similar to humans, and their recovery process varies wildly. She also says the only cure for certain, significant trauma may be meds. 

The Rock Donates $25k to Houston Relief Shades Kevin Hart

8/29/2017 11:02 AM PDT

The Rock has stepped up to the plate in a big way, accepting Kevin Hart's challenge and donating $25k to the Houston relief effort, but in the process he made a point about calling out celebs by name.

Kevin donated $50k a few days ago and then called out The Rock, Steve Harvey, Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake and Jerry Seinfeld ... challenging them to donate big bucks.

The Rock knows what hurricanes can do ... he has personal experience.

Check out his video ... he makes a point of saying he didn't go where Kevin went.

The Kardashians We're Giving $500k For Harvey Relief

8/29/2017 8:46 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The Kardashians have stepped up to the plate in a huge way to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

Sources with direct knowledge of the situation tell us Kim, Kris, Khloe, Kendall, Kylie and Kourtney gave $500,000 to The Red Cross and The Salvation Army Tuesday. We're told the money will be wired and will be split evenly.

The Kardashians were touched by the courage and bravery of those in Houston battling the storm and those helping with relief efforts.

The donation is one of a number made by celebs since Kevin Hart started a movement Monday challenging other Hollywood heavyweights to pitch in.

Paul Wall, Baby Bash on Harvey Houston's in Chaos & Shambles ... Here's How to Help!

8/29/2017 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Baby Bash and Paul Wall say Houston has fallen victim to chaos and destruction in the wake of Hurricane Harvey ... but they're leading by example on how folks can help.

We spoke with the Houston rap stars, and both of them describe what many people are already seeing in the news ... flooded streets, homes destroyed and displaced residents. 

Baby Bash -- who's stuck in his own home -- tells us there's creative ways people can help from afar, even if you're short on dough. He also explains how anarchy has started to run amok in the city ... which includes a story about his dad, a truck and a CVS ATM.

As for Paul ... he's got some ideas of his own on how people can chip in -- which he's also promoting on his IG. Still, he can't help but acknowledge the power of cold, hard cash.

Comedian King Keraun C'mon, Joel Osteen Houston Gives You Money, You Should Give Back

8/28/2017 6:05 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Comedian King Keraun's not buying Joel Osteen's explanation for closing his megachurch's doors in Houston's time of need ... especially because Houston puts so much in his offering plates.

Osteen's Lakewood Church says flooded roads have made the church -- which could shelter nearly 17,000 people -- inaccessible. But Keraun, who says he's helped 12 people escape flooding on his own, says this disaster will prove who's really down for his hometown ... and, in his book, the early scorecard doesn't look good for Rev. O.

Keraun had some intense moments around Houston Monday, and told us he's desperately trying to get to trapped family members. If Osteen, or anyone else, has a boat ... Keraun's in the market.

Joel Osteen Fires Back at Critics ... Biblical Flood Shut Down My Church

8/28/2017 3:02 PM PDT

Joel Osteen's 17,000-seat Lakewood Church in Houston isn't opening its doors for rescue efforts because floodwaters just won't allow it ... according to the church.

The mega-televangelist is catching flak for tweeting about his hometown flood, but not doing anything to help out -- especially because his megachurch could shelter thousands of people displaced by the rising water. 

Church officials say this one's out of Joel's hands though -- and point out the streets surrounding the church are already so flooded ... Lakewood is inaccessible.

The church used to be the Compaq Center sports arena, and sits along a highway ... part of which is currently under water. The floodwater wasn't clear in a photo tweeted Monday morning.

Robert E. Lee Direct Descendant Denounces White Supremacy ... At MTV's VMAs

8/27/2017 8:03 PM PDT

A distant blood relative of Robert E. Lee publicly denounced racism and white supremacy at the VMAs this weekend ... directly calling out "America's original sin."

Reverend Robert Lee IV -- a direct descendant of the Confederate general -- came onstage Sunday at the MTV award show to call out racism and white supremacy as evil and wrong ... and made a call to action for everyone to stand up against it head on.

Lee said it was his duty to speak out against racism, which he referred to as "America's original sin." He then introduced Heather Heyer's mother, Susan Bro, who announced the winner of the Best Fight Against the System award ... which ended up going to all 6 nominees. 

A statue of Robert E. Lee was at the center of the violence in Charlottesville, which left Heather dead at the hands of an alleged Nazi-sympathizer.

Berkeley Rally Against Hate Violent Clashes Break Out ... As Protests Ramp Up

8/27/2017 2:56 PM PDT

A rally against hate in Berkeley is shaping up to possibly be the next Charlottesville -- albeit in reverse -- since people are already throwing punches and swinging sticks.

What was supposed to be a peaceful gathering of protesters has began to boil over into a clash of Trump supporters and liberal groups, including one called Antifa -- guys in all black that oftentimes get violent at these events. Cops have tried to keep the peace, but fights are still breaking out.

A lot of the Trump supporters are being chased down the street as well ... and even members of the media are being attacked. 

It's not Charlottesville quite yet ... but cops have started making arrests and appear to be getting ready to stamp out a riot.

There are no reports of deaths as a result of the Berkeley rally ... at least not yet.

Story developing ... 

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