#JusticeForFlint Event Raises Money For Flint Water Crisis
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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.
There's the #Oscars, and then there's this event that matters: #JusticeForFlint https://t.co/Zim9Qy1kKG stream 5p ET pic.twitter.com/NOJdHHC369
— Baratunde (@baratunde) February 28, 2016
#JusticeForFlint has begun. pic.twitter.com/HSQYZTu8V0
— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) February 28, 2016
Let this sink in: where are Ryan Coogler and @AVAETC tonight?
NOT HOLLYWOOD #JusticeForFlint
— ☕️ (@LoniasG) February 28, 2016
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
When @RobertGlasper is funnier than the host though... #JusticeForFlint
— SoulBounce (@SoulBounce) February 28, 2016
The show comprised of musicians displaying solidarity for the people of Flint.
.@JanelleMonae is hitting the stage now! #JusticeForFlint pic.twitter.com/QpbFLMuzAz
— Teen Vogue (@TeenVogue) February 29, 2016
@robertglasper is playing an amazing version of Herbie Hancock's "Trust Me" at the #JusticeForFlint benefit. WOOOOOOOO!!!
— The Quick Brown Fox (@djapplejac) February 28, 2016
Sang, Jazmine Sullivan! #JusticeForFlint pic.twitter.com/cg91VqcR8M
— HuffPost BlackVoices (@blackvoices) February 29, 2016
I have so much respect for @VicMensa. He is debuting a new record, "16 Shots" at #JusticeForFlint
— 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
You better SANG Ledisi!!!!!!!!! #JusticeForFlint pic.twitter.com/ya3aWzMGkE
— lav (@neoseouI) February 28, 2016
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
"Representing the Belly of the Beast" Flint Youth Poets #SLAYIN it with the TRUTH #JusticeForFlint @FlintRising pic.twitter.com/g3I0EMnQf6
— 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
A woman shares how the #FlintWaterCrisis caused her loss of unborn twins. #JusticeForFlint https://t.co/P7CxsfgeYG pic.twitter.com/yjzHYCFPio
— VibeMagazine (@VibeMagazine) February 28, 2016
These 4 courageous young men shared their painful stories of being poisoned. Brought me to tears. #JusticeForFlint pic.twitter.com/4F9vqWkgfM
— 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.
A video posted by Jesse Williams (@ijessewilliams) on Feb 28, 2016 at 7:13pm PST
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
Shorter Stevie Wonder and the black community to @onetoughnerd: time to go #JusticeForFlint pic.twitter.com/YvF9y4DRPg
— Still I Dab. (@RevrendDoctor) February 29, 2016
Stevie and Janelle performing "Higher Ground"! #JusticeForFlint pic.twitter.com/48jOaIv2xH
— The Chick Fix (@TheChickFix) February 29, 2016
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
Me three! Every dollar counts guys! #JusticeForFlint https://t.co/X2tBNZkH3c
— Tika Sumpter (@iamtikasumpter) February 29, 2016
Let's go! I'm matching the next $5,000!!! Every dollar counts. #JusticeForFlint https://t.co/GnSeC9V7Cr
— Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) February 29, 2016
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On February 28th, celebrities Ava DuVernay, Ryan Coogler, Janelle Monae, Jesse Williams, Hannibal Burress, and more will be in attendance at #JUSTICEFORFLINT, a free event at the Whiting Auditorium in Flint, Michigan. This happens to be the same night of the Academy Awards.
#JUSTICEFORFLINT is being put on by Blackout for Human Rights, an activist group founded by Ryan Coogler focused on the protection of human rights in the United States. Hannibal Burress will host the event.
Ryan Coogler made a statement to Buzzfeed News saying, "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." There will also be an opportunity for those that want to support the cause to donate and participate in the event via live stream.
The idea for this event was spawned from #MLKNOW an event in honor of Black History Month, which took place on Martin Luther King Day at Riverside Baptist Church in Harlem, NY earlier this year. It was considered a success by the community, with 2,200 plus people in attendance and close to half a million views on the internet.
The water crisis in Flint, Michigan is an ongoing tragedy in the country that we call home. Now it's been revealed that direct disregard and negligence for residents led to these issues and many officials have resigned or been removed, the city of Flint needs the aid necessary to rebuild its community as a safe place for every man, woman, and child to live. Organizations like Ryan Coogler's Blackout for Human Rights and events like #JUSTICEFORFLINT are the preliminary steps that must be taken in order to correct these problems and restore Flint, Michigan to a fully functioning community again.
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If you didn't have the pleasure of being in attendance or streaming #MLKNOW on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, you missed out on one potent gathering that started our year off just right. Check out some of the top moments below.
1. Chris Rock read James Baldwin's 1963 "My Dungeon Shook."
2. Harry Belafonte read Patrice Lumumba's "Proclamation of Congolese Independence" Speech.
WeGotYou #NoAccident RT @yoyoitsflo: Hearing Harry Belafonte read Patrice Lumumba's words is powerful. Glad this speech was featured #MLKNOW
— jesseWilliams. (@iJesseWilliams) January 18, 2016
3. Michael B. Jordan performed Fred Hampton's "Power Anywhere There's People."
Michael B. Jordan just killed it. RIP Fred Hampton. #MLKNOW
— Corey Johnson (@coreymaurice) January 18, 2016
4. Anika Noni Rose performs "Be Free", written by J. Cole
Anika Noni Rose is singing Be Free by J.Cole on his behalf because it was too tough for him... And she's doing GREAT. #MLKNOW
— #Thabaè (@ThanaeThomas) January 18, 2016
5. Jussie Smollet sings a rendition of Billie Holiday's bone chilling classic, "Strange Fruit"
After Chris Rock read James Baldwin, @JussieSmollett is singing "Strange Fruit." I've never been to an event like this before. #MLKNOW
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) January 18, 2016
6. Ryan Coogler accidentally reveals J. Cole's marriage to the world
J. Cole just got forced to admit that he's married at #MLKNOW pic.twitter.com/qH301f8Txa
— Only Hip Hop Facts (@OnlyHipHopFacts) January 19, 2016
7. Adepero Oduyne read, and was overwhelmed by the words of Ida B. Wells' "This Awful Slaughter."
Adepero Oduye recites Ida Wells' 'This Awful Slaughter' about Southern lynching at #MLKNOW pic.twitter.com/0kWEdeXPS8
— Richard A. Brown (@rabrown7) January 18, 2016
8. Bilal performed "All Matter" off of the album, "Airtight Revenge"
@Bilal singing a classic "All Matter" @UnitedBlackout#mlknow event #mlkdaypic.twitter.com/0GDgyxKEnj
— Kerri Schaffer (@IHeartKerri) January 18, 2016
9. Actress, Condola Rashad powerfully performs Shirley Chisholm's "Presidential Campaign Announcement."
"We have a vast potential that can and must be put to use." -Shirley Chisholm (via @phloella) #MLKNOW pic.twitter.com/SIigBWwG2T
— #MLKNOW (@UnitedBlackout) January 18, 2016
10. The panelist discussion was lit.
Our esteemed panelists discuss what's next for the movement! #MLKNOW pic.twitter.com/VBhJOmXkHC
— #MLKNOW (@UnitedBlackout) January 19, 2016
11. Octavia Spencer closed the event with Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Been to the Mountaintop."
Octavia Spencer is delivering Dr. King's "Mountaintop" speech, the final one he gave before his murder. Utterly haunting, still. #MLKNOW
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) January 19, 2016
Shout out to everyone involved!
Watch the full #MLKNOW livestream below.
Twitter erupted Thursday morning with criticism and commentary concerning the lack of people of color in the 2016 Oscar nominations, and with good reason. The Washington Post reports that “every year for the past half-decade, the average white American has bought a ticket to fewer films than the average black, Hispanic or Asian movie-goer”. With such diverse audiences, why aren’t diverse filmmakers and actors being recognized?
We compiled a list of people who should have, without a doubt, been nominated (and are Oscar winners in our hearts).
Best Director: Ryan Coogler, Creed
Best Director: F. Gary Gray, Straight Outta Compton
Best Actor: Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation
Best Actor: Michael B. Jordan, Creed
Best Actor: Will Smith, Concussion
Best Actor: John Boyega, Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Best Actor: Samuel L Jackson, The Hateful Eight
Best Actress: Tessa Thompson, Creed
Best Actress: Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Tangerine
Best Actress: Mya Taylor, Tangerine
Best Actress: Teyonah Parris, Chi-Raq
Best Supporting Actor: O’Shea Jackson Jr., Straight Outta Compton
Best Supporting Actor: Oscar Isaac, Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Best Supporting Actress: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Concussion
Best Supporting Actor: Jason Mitchell, Straight Outta Compton
Best Supporting Actor: Abraham Attah, Beasts of No Nation
Tell us, who else would you like to see on this...
We gave you the scoop, amidst the Nasir Jones-level "Made You Look" rumors and confusion. Then Marvel sent the tweet that made it impossible to doubt.
OFFICIAL: Ryan Coogler to direct Marvel's #BlackPanther! https://t.co/x9WYGXbjwS pic.twitter.com/JUvZEgVAUf
— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) January 12, 2016
Ryan Coogler will bring T'Challa and Wakanda to a silver screen near you. HeyUGuys, caught up with the director to talk Creed, but the interviewer couldn't help but slip some Black Panther talk into the mix. When prompted to describe how he felt about being attached to the project Coogler said, "I’m excited. I grew up very into pop culture, very into comic books, so it’s something that is just as personal to me as the last couple of films I was able to make. I feel really fortunate to be able to work on something I’m this passionate about again." He also said that he's jumping right into work mode, even as the interview took place, masterminding the cinematic experience so many fans are anticipating.
There are also rumors of what's next for Adonis after Creed hit the box office with a mean combo and won over industry critics. Whatever happens, at least Coogler and Sly should be cool again after his apology for that momentary lapse in memory at the Golden Globes.
Samuel Jackson is upset that I foolishly forgot to mention the brilliant Ryan Coogler and MB Jordan he is right I owe them everything
— Sylvester Stallone (@TheSlyStallone) January 12, 2016
Black Panther is scheduled to hit theaters some time in 2018, and the blerd community will be celebrating for the next two years until the opening credits...
So, the Golden Globes happened Sunday night.
When Ricky Gervais opened the show with a full glass of beer on the podium, it became clear what type of night it was going to be.
Twitter was in full attendance, ready to react, and without question, they did.
Red Carpet Faves:
Carefree Black Women of Hollywood came to stunt. #GoldenGlobes pic.twitter.com/QfD9ADVQdI
— Cynthia F. (@cynfinite) January 11, 2016
I suppose it was only a matter of time before she turned into an emoji 😅😅 #GoldenGlobes pic.twitter.com/x17etqfor8
— iWerkIt4Z (@dumas1000) January 11, 2016
Jamie Foxx pulled a Steve Harvey:
Jamie Foxx pokes fun at Steve Harvey at the #GoldenGlobes pic.twitter.com/VXLIscHh80
— WORLDSTARHIPHOP (@WORLDSTAR) January 11, 2016
Then checked Quentin Tarantino:
Ghetto. #GoldenGlobes (Vine by @steenfox) https://t.co/xxZL2fg5VF
— Anne of Peen Gables (@BougieLa) January 11, 2016
BLESS JAMIE FOXX FOR CALLING QUENTIN OUT FOR THAT “ghetto” REMARK #GoldenGlobes
— Franchesca Ramsey (@chescaleigh) January 11, 2016
When white folks playing too much. #GoldenGlobes pic.twitter.com/LIFyWFopEU
— Rod TBGWT (@rodimusprime) January 11, 2016
Black folks in the audience listening to Quentin's speech like #GoldenGlobes pic.twitter.com/g1DfhlPYZ0
— Black Girl Nerds (@BlackGirlNerds) January 11, 2016
Sylvester Stallone chose the dirty over Creed:
WAAAAAAAAITTTTTT Sly Stallone gives no props to Ryan Coogler at all?? #GoldenGlobes
— Rebecca Carroll (@rebel19) January 11, 2016
I'll fight him for you @michaelb4jordan
— jamilah lemieux (@JamilahLemieux) January 11, 2016
Well. I'm gonna go ahead and thank RYAN COOGLER + MICHAEL B. JORDAN since no one else is. Thank you, brothers. Good work. #smh #goldenglobes
— Ava DuVernay (@AVAETC) January 11, 2016
Then remembered to do the right thing:
Sylvester Stallone realized he didn't thank #Creed's director Ryan Coogler: "You are a brilliant, brilliant filmmaker." #GoldenGlobes
— Adam B. Vary (@adambvary) January 11, 2016
Stallone also thanked his CREED co-stars Michael B. Jordan & Tessa Thompson, saying they did all the work, & he just hung on. #GoldenGlobes
— Adam B. Vary (@adambvary) January 11, 2016
Lady Gaga walked through a shade-filled room:
LEO I CANT BREATHE https://t.co/0RNRY4UNp5
— ㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤ (@queenlocksley) January 11, 2016
We went up for Denzel:
Denzel montage got me like #GoldenGlobes pic.twitter.com/vNbcLqjP1a
— #BlackComicsMonth (@MizCaramelVixen) January 11, 2016
Taraji won and stole the show:
"Cookies for everyone tonight. My treat." -@TherealTaraji #GoldenGlobes pic.twitter.com/8KsRg6v00D
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) January 11, 2016
Taraji shut them down!!!!! #GoldenGlobes #YallGonnaWait pic.twitter.com/15JNi0OOLO
— Follow Me (@TheSkorpion) January 11, 2016
And Leo won another Golden Globe, but:
Y'all keep tweeting "Finally" to Leo winning a globe... pic.twitter.com/vpV5C0TCFw
— Tracey Dukes (@TraceyDukes) January 11, 2016
All in all, it was an eventful night on the timeline.
Until 2017, goodbye Golden Globes. Next up,...
This is the day we've been waiting for, my fellow blerds. After Ava DuVernay said "nah" like a Chief Keef ad-lib, which we completely respected, there were rumors. There were talks. There were confirmations. Then the confirmations were debunked. Now, without a doubt, it's official tissue. Ryan Coogler, Mr. Fruitvale Station, Mr. Creed, Mr. "I do it for the culture always because I love my blackness", has been announced as the director of the upcoming Black Panther, Marvel blockbuster.
This is a movie black Marvel fans have been waiting for, for a long time. It's always been in the ether of conversation, it's always been on our minds, and we've always been vocal about it with anyone that will listen. This is a major step forward in diversity for the film adaptations of the Marvel Universe, and the people are ready. After seeing what Ryan Coogler has been able to do, as a director, over the past few years, as well as the power and passion that Chadwick Boseman has brought to the big screen in films like 42 and Get On Up, there is little chance of this not being the film that hardcore fans want to see, and casual fans will enjoy.
'Creed' director Ryan Coogler tapped to lead Marvel's 'Black Panther' https://t.co/YB3g8Vvtqs pic.twitter.com/PpxGxerbbR
— HuffPost BlackVoices (@blackvoices) January 5, 2016
Black Panther is set for a 2018 release date, IMDB is saying February, some other folks are saying July, but the only thing for sure, is that T'challa has his own feature film and it's being directed by one of the most talented young black directors that Hollywood has seen in a long time. Captain America: Civil War is the warm up, and then comes the main event.
Major key for 2018: don't miss Black...