Powerhouse directors Ava DuVernay (Selma) and Ryan Coogler (Creed, Fruitvale Station) along with actor/activist Jesse Williams (Grey’s Anatomy), comedian Hannibal Buress, singer Janelle Monae, and more will lend their star power to Flint, Michigan in a free live event/fundraiser on February 28th (Oscars Night) to raise awareness for the residents in Flint called #JUSTICEFORFLINT. This event will be presented by Blackout for Human Rights, an organization started by Coogler.
Earlier this morning DuVernay joined Yahoo Global Anchor Katie Couric on Yahoo News Live to further shed a light on the racial politics in Flint, Michigan.
Check out the powerful interview HERE
#JUSTICEFORFLINT will take place at the Whiting Auditorium (1241 E. Kearsley St.) on Sunday, Feb. 28 at 5:30pm ET to raise awareness and to raise funds for those affected by the water crisis. Registration for the free event is available HERE, and doors will open at 4:00pm ET Sunday. Donations will be collected during the live stream broadcast on Revolt.tv
“I think when we are involved in entertainment we start to think that everything revolves around us, but it doesn’t. There are people who can’t bathe in their own home, they can’t wash their hands. We are giving water bottles, but how do you bathe with a water bottle, how do you wash your hands, how do you make a coffee? They don’t even feel comfortable going to fast food restaurants in their area because the fast food restaurants are using the same water that is in their homes. The problems are so deep.” – Ava DuVernay