Ava DuVernay, Hannibal Buress, Ryan Coogler to headline free event for Flint, Michigan
Creed star Sylvester Stallone is up for Best Supporting Actor at this weekend’s Oscar ceremony, but his director, Ryan Coogler, will instead spend his Sunday in Flint, Michigan, at an event addressing the city’s ongoing water crisis.
Coogler is teaming up with Hannibal Buress, Ava DuVernay, Janelle Monae, and Jesse Williams for #JUSTICEFORFLINT, a free public event presented by Coogler’s activist collective Blackout for Human Rights.
“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,” Coogler told BuzzFeed, which first reported the news. “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 event will take place at the same time as Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony, where Creed was largely shut out. (DuVernay’s Selma was also snubbed last year.) Coogler told BuzzFeed that the overlap between the two events was a coincidence and that Blackout for Human Rights chose the date because it was the last weekend of Black History Month.
Previously, Blackout for Human Rights hosted “MLK Now,” a New York City event celebrating Martin Luther King Day with stars like Harry Belafonte, Chris Rock, Octavia Spencer, Michael B. Jordan, and Lin-Manuel Miranda.
#JUSTICEFORFLINT will stream live on revolt.tv on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. ET.