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Jussie Smollett Makes Touching Announcement During Concert With Little Miss Flint By His Side

The 'Empire' star says he's making "no money" from his concerts

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At just 10 years old, Little Miss Flint has made it her mission to change the world. The young activist, whose name is Mari Copeny, has been fighting for clean water in Flint, Michigan, since 2016. 

The city has been without clean water since April 2014 but has been a little better off due to Copeny's innate activism and devotion to representing kids in her hometown.

Copeny tweeted a touching video of herself on stage with Jussie Smollett during his recent tour stop. An emotional Smollett made an important announcement to the audience. 

"What you all don't know -- she knows. It's been this way since the beginning," he said. "I'm making no money from these concert tickets. All of the money is going to Flint kids."


Tearfully, Smollett continued his speech with a beautiful tribute to the work Copeny has done. "I love you, and I honor you, and I'm so grateful for the work that you do."

Recently, over Memorial Day weekend, she helped distribute 135,000 bottles of water to Flint residents. The youngest Women's March ambassador says this assisted 1,000 families. 

As Smollett said, we could only wish that adults "would learn from young people" like Little Miss Flint. 

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Maya is a News & Politics writer with Blavity, and alumna of Hampton University, who just wants justice for black folks. She's also a writing fellow with Center for Community Change. Follow her on Twitter & IG @MJBoddie.