Black celebrities attend #JusticeForFlint event, raise more than $100K

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By Jackson McHenry and Sean Fitz-Gerald, Vulture

In tandem with the Academy Awards on February 28, Ryan Coogler, Ava DuVernay, Hannibal Buress, Jesse Williams, and Janelle Monáe threw a free event in Flint, Michigan, to raise awareness and money for the city’s water crisis, as well as Stateside human-rights violations. Dubbed #JUSTICEFORFLINT, the event was hosted by Buress and livestreamed via Revolt.TV. Along with musical performances, organizers had asked members of the Flint community to share their experiences with the audience. Coogler — whose Creed earned Sylvester Stallone an acting nomination, but was otherwise ignored by the Academy — told BuzzFeed that organizers chose to hold #JUSTICEFORFLINT on the Sunday because it fell on the final weekend of Black History Month. According to him, the timing was merely a coincidence.

UPDATE: After the Oscars wrapped, DuVernay tweeted that the goal of raising $100,000 for Flint’s short- and long-term recovery efforts had been reached:

Aside from the successful donation haul, the night also included triumphant appearances by Flint poets, Jazmine Sullivan, Dej Loaf, Vic Mensa (plus a new song), Monaé, and surprise guest Stevie Wonder, among many others:

We’re Honored to Have ‘The Young Flint Poets’ Perform & Speak Truth at #JusticeForFlint Tonight. pic.twitter.com/EPfbWaKuIB

— #JusticeForFlint (@UnitedBlackout) February 28, 2016

Read more at http://www.vulture.com/2016/02/coogler-duvernay-doing-flint-event-oscars-night.html

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