Hollywood directors Ryan Coogler and Ava DuVernay stood in opposition of the Oscars with their benefit concert raising funds and awareness for Flint, Michigan. #JusticeForFlint brought artists, activists and victims of the water crisis to the forefront. Live-streamed via Revolt.tv, the broadcast was the second highest trend on Twitter.
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Comedian Hannibal Burress served as Master of Ceremonies with mixed reviews.
The audience is shading TF outta this dude hosting. He said “I’m not good at this at all” and somebody yelled back “AT ALL” #JusticeForFlint
— M. Haynes (@M_Haynes2) February 28, 2016
— SoulBounce (@SoulBounce) February 28, 2016
The show comprised of musicians displaying solidarity for the people of Flint.
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— Treva Lindsey (@divafeminist) February 29, 2016
“I ain’t came here 2 play. FREE PALESTINE (on national TV).”–Tef Poe of Ferguson. This brother for real #JusticeForFlint
— New Abolitionist (@NeoAbolitionist) February 29, 2016
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The heart of the event was in the stories of Flint’s very own: parents, activists, and most importantly children.
Latino resident said that Latinos were late to know danger because news reports were all in English. #JusticeForFlint
— Ida Bae Wells (@nhannahjones) February 29, 2016
Watching #JusticeForFlint This 13 yr old young lady just shared…something as simple as taking a shower is dangerous
— Regina King (@ReginaKing) February 29, 2016
— Matters of the Earth (@mattersearth) February 29, 2016
Babies, our babies, are on stage right now in Flint, talking about how they’ve been poisoned by the water. It’s a mess.#JusticeForFlint
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) February 28, 2016
Dr.Mona Hanna-Attisha is wearing a necklace of lead pipe as a reminder of the work that’s going on in Flint & will continue #JusticeForFlint
— ShakariSBriggs (@ShakariSBriggs) February 28, 2016
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— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) February 29, 2016
The highlight of the night was surprise guest Stevie Wonder taking the stage and names as he expressed frustrations.
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The governor ignored a man made disaster for 2 years of an entire city being poisoned” – Stevie Wonder on accountability #JusticeForFlint
— Raqiyah Mays (@RaqiyahMays) February 29, 2016
Stevie Wonder is calling for Gov. Snyder to be fired. You can’t poison people for 2 years and get off scot free. #JusticeForFlint
— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) February 29, 2016
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The event culminated in thousands raised for the people of Flint with celebs agreeing to match donations. The revolution was televised.
ANNOUNCING: #JusticeForFlint has raised $63k so far from 1,472 donations. Can we get to $100k for Flint recovery? Text JUSTICE to 83224. xo
— Ava DuVernay (@AVAETC) February 29, 2016
— Tika Sumpter (@iamtikasumpter) February 29, 2016
— Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) February 29, 2016