Stars Skipped the Oscars to Rally for Michigan City

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While celebrities gathered in Hollywood for the 88th Academy Awards Sunday night, entertainers who decided to forgo the awards ceremony joined forces halfway across the country for a benefit in Flint, Michigan.

Creed director Ryan Coogler, director Ava DuVernay, comedian Hannibal Buress, actor Jesse Williams and more banded together at the Justice for Flintevent, which with performances by Janelle Monae and Stevie Wonder aimed to raise $100,000 for those affected by the devastating water contamination crisis.

With his activist collective Blackout for Human Rights, Coogler helped organize the event, which he said took place on Sunday not out of rebellion against the Oscars but in celebration of Black History Month.

“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,” told BuzzFeed ahead of the event.

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