While the Oscars was on…Black Hollywood Raised $122K for Flint

 

imageedit_1_2053716834Black Hollywood–those who didn’t boycott the Oscars (*cough* Chris Rock*cough*Whoopi Goldberg*cough*)–used their star power to raise awareness for Flint water crisis Sunday by organizing #JusticeforFlint fundraiser. In turn raising over $100,000 to help all those affected.

Selma director Ava Duvernay, Creed director Ryan Coogler (shown above) and Grey’s Anatomy star Jesse Williams banded together to host the Justice for Flint free event streamed on Revoltv, including panel discussions and performances by…

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Jazmine Sullivan

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Empire’s Jussie Smollett and Estelle

 

Janelle Monae and the always great Stevie Wonder

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Musiq Soul Child

 

Ledisi singing the best version of “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”

And panel discussions featured Hill Harper, Ryan Coogler and Avengers star Mark Ruffalo. Jesse Williams continued to keep it real why he, Ryan Coogler and Ava Duvernay combined forces.

The poisoning of Flint’s water hasn’t been happening for 2 days…for 2 weeks. It’s been 2 years and we’re only talking about it now because they got caught.

Ava Duvernay let the numbers speak for themselves:

The special event was a great way to cast a shadow over the Oscars, which is already being boycotted by A-list actors Will Smith, Jada Pinkett-Smith and Spike Lee.

At the same time throw a spotlight on an issue that’s been mostly ignored by mainstream media and Justice department.Why hasn’t the Michigan governor been arrested yet? 

Throw in Al Sharpton’s LA rally against Tinseltown’s lack of diversity, this was the weekend for taking a stand, rather than accepting honors. 

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Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder & Janelle Monae Rock Global Citizen Festival

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Central Park was turnt up for a good cause last night. Alicia, Stevie and Janelle rocked the stage at the Global Citizen Festival to work towards living in a world without poverty. The festival purposelly coincides with the United Nations General Assembly. With 60,000 on the Great Lawn the crowd swayed to Stevie’s version of “Imagine” with this message: “We must do something about the gun laws in this country.”

Alicia Keys set the stage on fire with her classic hits “You Don’t Know my Name” and “Un-Thinkable (I’m Ready).”

She wrote about the meaning of the Global Citizen Festival on her website.

Today is such a powerful day– symbolic of the way we can really do something to make the world closer to the way we want it. So many times it feels like we are stuck and don’t have any control over the world. Poverty is an injustice against our Global family. It denies people the basic right to necessities like food, clean water, health care, an education. I’ve seen it all over the world but up close and personal in Africa with my organization Keep a Child Alive, and also right here in New York City.   No matter where we are, we all face the same struggles.  But we have the power to make the difference!   The power to care about each other! The power within us to make it to our greatest dreams.

And lastly, Janelle hushed the crowd with her melancholy version of “Smile.”

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What a magically musical night with a great cause that is completely appropriate for this day and age.

Trayvon Martin’s Memory Marches On & Obama’s Reaction to Zimmerman Verdict

So, around this time last week I and millions of others had their eyes glued to their TV sets, anxiously waiting for the verdict in the Zimmerman trial to be announced. Once the “not guilty” verdict escaped the judge’s lips it was like a big stone thrown into a pond that reverberated around the world. One week later, people in support of the Martin family marched for Trayvon’s memory and shouted for justice. This afternoon, Al Sharpton’s National Action Network organized synchronized protests in 100 US cities.

Trayvon’s mom Sybrina Fulton decked out in a ” The Trayvon Martin Foundation” T-shirt, attended the rally in New York City that attracted hundreds of protesters. She stood alongside Al Sharpton and adamantly denounced critics painting her son as a menacing thug.

He was a child. Don’t take my word for it. He had a drink and candy.

Tracy Martin, Trayvon’s dad, sporting a T-shirt with Trayvon’s face and ‘I love you’ message at the bottom, attended a vigil in Miami and echoed Sybrina’s words.

I’d like the world to know that Trayvon was my son. He was a loved child. He did nothing wrong and we’re not going to let them persecute him the way that they have.

Beyonce and Jay Z stopped by the rally in New York to show their support.

Many celebs are doing more than standing shoulder to shoulder with the Martin family in this tragedy, but have vowed to withhold their entertaining talents in states that have Stand Your Ground Laws. So far on the list are music icon Stevie Wonder and gospel soul singers Mary Mary.  Stay tuned, I have a feeling more names will be added.

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In light of the anger and emotion behind the verdict, Obama addressed the issue at a surprise press briefing Friday, in which he said Trayvon could have been him 30 years ago. Check the full video below for his thoughts on race in this country.

 

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