Are the Oscars just not your thing?
You're not the only one. "Creed" director Ryan Coogler, Ava DuVernay, Janelle Monae and other Hollywood celebrities skipped out on the Oscars to attend a benefit in Flint, Michigan, for residents affected by the town's lead-contaminated water crisis. Comedian Hannibal Buress was hosting the event, and actor Jesse Williams also joined.
The event, titled Justice for Flint, was set for Sunday not because it was Oscars night, but because it was the last weekend of Black History Month, Coogler told BuzzFeed.
He said in a statement, "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 live stream we will also give a chance for people around the world to participate, and to donate funds to programs for Flint's youth."
You can stream the benefit below: