“Jazmine [Sullivan] got more runs than cheap pantyhose. Whew! #JusticeForFlint” @karsh (Thank you, @Karsh. You changed the tide of this article)
@Karsh demonstrates the resilient and unbreakable spirit of the African American people and their uncanny ability to turn what some view as misfortune into, well, a star studded concert spirited enough to rival any “oversights” or “accidents”.
For the Black community, the attention was not on Sunday night’s Oscar “celebration” but rather focused on the culmination of efforts of our own modern day superheroes, filmmakers, actors, and artists coming together to bring relief, awareness, and support to the people of Flint, Michigan. With no paid promotion, the benefit raised over $140,000 and featured acts such as Janelle Monae, Jazmine Sullivan (see above), and a surprise last minute performance by the legendary Stevie Wonder.
The tone of Flint changed, if only for one night, to one of hope, inspiration, and togetherness, a stark contrast to the lack of diversity and inclusion at the 2016 Academy Awards. Rather than bring attention to the Oscars’ thoughtlessness, Black filmmakers such as Creed‘s Ryan Coogler and Ava DuVernay, director of Selma, along with Blackout for Human Rights gained support from the music and entertainment industry, some of whom even tweeted pledges from the Oscar ceremony. Revolt TV live streamed the concert hosted by comedian Hannibal Burress. Young poets and families gave their account of the damage the water poisoning had on them while artists were sure to be candid about their message: This would have never happened had this been an affluent, White neighborhood.
Watch the Full Replay Here: #JusticeForFlint