In continuing to offer assistance to the residents of Flint, the Sean Anderson Foundation has partnered with #JUSTICEFORFLINT, a benefit concert presented by BLACKOUT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS. Taking place this Sunday, February 28 and hosted by Hannibal Buress, this special event uses the power of the arts to bring awareness to the city’s water crisis.
This partnership with #JUSTICEFORFLINT and BLACKOUT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS allows both the Sean Anderson Foundation and #HEALFLINTSKIDS partner Focus For Health to further identify opportunities and outlets to provide information and resources to the children and families 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.
“The primary goal and mission behind Blackout is to utilize the collective voice and influence of our members to raise awareness and bring an end to the state sponsored human rights violations happening across the country,” said Ryan Coogler, Filmmaker and Founding Member of 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. Through the livestream we will also give a chance for people around the world to participate, and to donate funds to programs for Flint’s youth.”
“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.”
#JUSTICEFORFLINT will be held at The Whiting Auditorium (1241 E. Kearsley St.) in Flint, with doors opening at 4:00 p.m. ET and the show scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. ET. Free and open to the public – REGISTER HERE – the event will also be broadcast online via livestream provided by media partner Revolt.tv. Donations will be collected during the livestream broadcast, for which viewers will be able to donate funds via text, courtesy of Revolution Messaging (message and data rates may apply).
ABOUT BLACKOUT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
BLACKOUT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS is a collective of filmmakers, artists, activists and concerned citizens devoting their resources to address the staggering number of human rights violations in the United States. The collective was founded by filmmaker Ryan Coogler and comprises both high visibility and everyday citizens. Members include Coogler, Michael B. Jordan, Charles King, Ava DuVernay, Jesse Williams, Nate Parker, John Burris, Donald “Childish Gambino” Glover, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rosa Clemente, Scott Budnick, David Oyelowo, Michael McBride and many others. Blackout has hosted national protest actions, donation drives, and special events including the recent #MLKNOW event celebrating MLK Day at Riverside Church in Harlem, which drew over 2,200 attendees and nearly half a million views online. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/BlackOutforHumanRights and follow @UnitedBlackout on social media