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Hollywood stars to host Flint event on Oscar Sunday

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While most of the big names in show business will be in Hollywood for the Oscars this Sunday, some will be in Flint to raise money for those affected by the water crisis. 

Called #JUSTICEFORFLINT, the fundraiser is being held in Flint's Whiting Auditorium, according to Revolt, which is live streaming the event. It will be hosted by Blackout for Human Rights and its members, which include Creed director Ryan Coogler, Ava DuVernay, Jesse Williams, and others. 

Hosted by comedian Hannibal Buress, the free event is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Sunday. 

Coogler talked to Buzzfeed News this week:

“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."

He also told Buzzfeed that the event was scheduled on the last weekend of Black History Month intentionally but it's a coincidence that it overlaps with the Academy Awards. 

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