#JUSTICEFORFLINT will take place on February 28th, the same night as the Academy Awards.
Creed director Ryan Coogler has helped organise a star-studded benefit for the residents of Flint, Michigan which will take place on February 28th, the same night as the Academy Awards. Dubbed #JUSTICEFORFLINT, the event will be hosted by comedian Hannibal Buress and is presented by ‘Blackout for Human Rights’, Coogler’s activist collective which is devoted to addressing human rights violations in the U.S.
Ryan Coolger will hold a fundraiser for Flint, Michigan on Oscar night.
According to Buzzfeed, singer Janelle Monae, 'Grey’s Anatomy' actor Jesse Williams and Selma director Ava DuVernay will all be in attendance. The event will be held at the Whiting Auditorium in Flint and will be free to attend.
The event hopes to raise both awareness and funds for those affected by the water crisis in Flint, which has seen many of the city’s residents subjected to contaminated water.
#JUSTICEFORFLINT will also be live-streamed via revolt.tv and members of the Flint community have been invited to come along and share their stories with the audience.
“With the #JUSTICEFORFLINT benefit event we will give a voice to the members of the community who were the victims of the choices of people in power who are paid to protect them, as well as provide them with a night of entertainment, unity, and emotional healing,” Coogler said.
“Through the live stream we will also give a chance for people around the world to participate, and to donate funds to programs for Flint’s youth.” Despite the event coinciding with this year’s Oscar ceremony the director says the date overlap was just a coincidence and it was instead chosen because it fell on the final weekend of Black History Month.
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