Faith, Hope and Charity

Two one-hour specials today, December 15, will respectively promote healing and hope through spiritual leadership, and raise awareness for transformational racial, social and food justice issues through music.

HolyTV’s Faith United, Facebook, 7 pm ET

Kicking off HolyTV, a new online platform for spiritual connection, this show is billed as a “highly diverse interfaith celebration.”

The event will feature a performance by Chorus Angelicus and five speakers, part of The HolyTV 25: a group of faith leaders, spiritual influencers and other notables who will be announced during the show

The speakers are:

  • Faith Leader of the Year: Rabbi Daniel Bortz, aka “Millennial Rabbi,” on “Loneliness and Isolation”
  • Influencer of the Year: Dr. Shirin Syed, aka “halalgirlnewyork,” on “Loss and Grief” 
  • Activist of the Year: Dr. Robyn Henderson-Espinoza, Nashville-based transqueer activist, on “Compassion and Bridge Building” 
  • Teacher of the Year: Guru Jagat Kaur , Kundalini teacher and founder of the Ra-Ma Institute, on “Spirituality and Resilience”
  • Spiritual Leader of the Year: Dr. Tara Brach, author of Radical Compassion, on “Anxiety and Stress.”
HolyTV's Faith United
(Clockwise from top left: Dr. Shirin Syed, Dr. Robyn Henderson-Espinoza, Dr. Tara Brach, Rabbi Daniel Bortz, Natalie Asatryan and Guru Jagat Kaur)

A sixth speaker will be 15-year-old Natalie Asatryan, America’s youngest certified female yoga teacher, on navigating through tough times.

To stream, or for more info, visit

Play On: Celebrating The Power of Music to Make Change, CBS/CBS All Access/YouTube, 8 pm ET/PT

This show – featuring performances from the Apollo Theater in New York, the Troubadour in Los Angeles and the Bluebird Café in Nashville – will benefit the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and WhyHunger.

You can also watch the event right here:

Artists will include:

From the Apollo — Bon Jovi, Sara Bareilles, Emily King, Jon Batiste Pedrito Martinez, Steve Jordan, Machine Gun Kelly.

From the Troubadour — LL COOL J featuring DJ Z-Trip, Gary Clark Jr., Ziggy Marley, Andra Day.

From the Bluebird –Sheryl Crow, Maren Morris, Yola and The Highwomen.

“Special appearances” are also promised from Bruce Springsteen, John Legend and Ringo Starr. Kevin Bacon and Eve will host.

For more info, or to donate, visit

(Top photo: Jon Batiste, LL Cool J, Machine Gun Kelly. Source:

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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