If you were feeling guilty about boycotting the Oscars, turn your guilt into support for Flint, Michigan.
Ava Duvernay and Ryan Coogler are putting on a free live benefit called #JusticeForFlint on Sunday night — the same time as the Academy Awards.
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The free event will be hosted by comedian Hannibal Buress with a live-stream from Flint, Michigan.
“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 in a statement. “Through the livestream we will also give a chance for people around the world to participate, and to donate funds to programs for Flint’s youth.”
#JusticeForFlint is presented by Coogler and DuVernay’s Blackout for Human Rights organization, which is a “network of concerned artists, activists, filmmakers, musicians and citizens who committed their energy and resources to immediately address the staggering level of human rights violations against fellow Americans throughout the United States.”
“The poisoning that is happening in Flint is one of the most egregious human rights violations in American history,” DuVernay said in a statement. “Blackout for Human Rights stands with all those affected by the water crisis, and is committed to supporting efforts on the ground to find sustainable, long-term solutions and, most importantly, achieve justice for the people of Flint.”
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So if you don’t feel like tuning into the #OscarsSoWhite stream Ava Duvernay and Ryan Coogler’s #JusticeForFlint event.