Thank you to all who donated to #JusticeForFlint and watched the live stream on @revolttv. Thank you to my sis @directher & brothers @jessewilliams #RyanCoogler @unitedblackout and all involved for putting this together and having us be a part. Last night we raised over our goal of 100k. We still need more help. Pls text JUSTICE to 83224. This is for the brave folks of Flint, Michigan who are literally being poisoned by the corroded pipes and high levels of lead in the water. #FixThePipes #FlintLivesMatter #CleanWaterMatters #HellYouTalmBout Photo by: @kymmicee
While most people were tuned in to the 88th Academy Awards last night, others were watching Revolt’s livestream of the #JUSTICEFORFLINT event.
Ryan Coogler, Ava DuVernay, Hannibal Buress, Jesse Williams, and Janelle Monáe appeared at the free fundraiser in Flint, Mich., to raise awareness and money to help assuage the city’s water crisis, as well as bring attention to the human rights violations Flint residents have suffered.
Although Coogler’s hit film Creed earned Sylvester Stallone an acting nomination at the Oscars, neither the director nor the rest of the film was acknowledged by the Academy. So Ryan and his famous friends took their talents to Michigan to help, telling Buzzfeed that organizers chose to hold #JUSTICEFORFLINT on the Sunday because it fell on the final weekend of Black History Month.
As the night wound down and the Oscars ended, Ava DuVernay took to Twitter to reveal the success of #JusticeForFlint, tweeting that they raised over $100,000.
Check out a couple of performance clips from the event below:
SOURCE: Vulture | PHOTO CREDIT: Twitter, Getty