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Star-studded Flint benefit concert raises more than $130,000

A star-studded benefit concert in Flint, Michigan featuring Stevie Wonder raised more than $130,000 (£93,710) for victims of the city’s water crisis.
A decision by local authorities in 2014 to change the the city’s water supply from one river to another resulted in its contamination and has left residents without clean water.
To draw attention to and provide relief to victims of the crisis filmmakers Ryan Coogler and Ava DuVernay organised an event on Oscars night (28Feb16) via their organisation Blackout For Human Rights, a collective of artists and activists.
After the concert, which streamed live on Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs’ Revolt TV network, organiser DuVernay confirmed that thanks to donations from around the world the cause had topped $133,000.
“Activists continue to donate to #JusticeForFlint hours after our show ended,” Ava wrote on Twitter.com. “The tally is now $133k from 3306 donations. For Flint. Onward!”
Hosted by comedian Hannibal Buress, the benefit gig featured performances from Janelle Monae and Stevie, as well as TV drama Empire’s Jussie Smollett, singers Ledisi, Andra Day and Musiq Soulchild.
Before the event Coogler told Buzzfeed.com, “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.”
The water crisis affecting the predominantly African-American residents of the city has become a major political issue in the U.S., with American Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton recently visited the city while on the campaign trail.

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