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Why go to the Oscars, when instead you can make a real difference and support an awesome cause in Flint, MI?!

That’s exactly what Hannibal Burress, Ava DuVernay, Ryan Coogler, Janelle Monae and Jesse Williams plan to do. The entertainment heavyweights have joined forces to bring a free event to Flint in an effort to promote human rights concerns.

The event, #JUSTICEFORFLINT, will be hosted by Burress and is open to the public. It’s presented by “Blackout for Human Rights”, which was founded by Coogler to address human rights violations in the U.S. In a statement Ryan said, “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. Through the live stream we will also give a chance for people around the world to participate, and to donate funds to programs for Flint’s youth.”

The fact that the event is on the same day as the Oscars is purely coincidental. Coogler states that it was just the final weekend in Black History Month. #JUSTICEFORFLINT will start at 5:30 p.m. ET — two and half hours before the Academy Awards begins — at Whiting Auditorium with the goal of raising awareness and funds for those affected by the Flint water crisis. It will also be live-streamed via

This is so dope! For more info on this event, click HERE.

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