As the serious impacts of the Flint Water Crisis continue to gain national awareness, Blackout for Human Rights today announced #JUSTICEFORFLINT, a special event taking place at The Whiting Auditorium (1241 E. Kearsley St.) in Flint, Michigan on Sunday, February 28that 5:30 p.m. EST to promote solidarity and support for communities affected by the water crisis. REVOLT TV will serve as principal media sponsor for the event.
Using the power of the arts to shed light on the situation in Flint, and to raise donations to help remedy the crisis, #JUSTICEFORFLINT will feature live musical performances with today’s leading artists. The event will also include presentations and open dialogue with the local community, with the goal being to help build and support the durable infrastructure needed to assist the citizens of Flint.
#JUSTICEFORFLINT will include performances and appearances by Grammy-Nominated Artists Janelle Monae, Ledisi, Andra Day and and Musiq Soulchild, Grammy-Winning Artist Robert Glasper, Actor/Activist and Blackout Member Jesse Williams, “Empire” Star and Activist Jussie Smollett, Hip-Hop Artist and Activist Jasiri X, Hip Hop Artist Mysonne, Hip Hop Artist Vic Mensa, Hip Hop Artists/Producers and Detroit natives Royce da 5’9 and Denaun Porter, Flint native Jon Connor, and more. Comedian Hannibal Buress will serve as event host.
“As artists and activists with a public platform, we at Blackout strive to shed light on issues of justice and dignity related to disenfranchised, underrepresented and marginalized communities,” said Ava DuVernay, Filmmaker and Founding Member of Blackout for Human Rights. “The poisoning that is happening in Flint is one of the most egregious human rights violations in American history. Blackout for Human Rights stands with all those affected by the water crisis, and is committed to supporting efforts on the ground to find sustainable, long-term solutions and, most importantly, achieve justice for the people of Flint.”
Said Filmmaker and Founding Blackout Member Ryan Coogler today to Buzzfeed News:
“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,” Ryan Coogler told BuzzFeed News in a statement. “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.”