Ava DuVernay and Ryan Coogler’s #JusticeForFlint Benefit Raised $130,000 During the Oscars


Directors and noted Academy Awards boycotters Ava DuVernay and Ryan Coogler helped produce a benefit concert for the citizens of Flint, Michigan, Sunday night.

Broadcast live online by Revolt.TV, the free #JusticeForFlint show raised more than $133,000 in donations, DuVernay tweeted after the show.

Hannibal Buress hosted the concert, which featured performances by Janelle Monae, Vic Mensa, Jazmine Sullivan, Dej Loaf and a surprise appearance by Stevie Wonder. Michigan musicians and poets also performed.

According to Revolt.TV, Mensa premiered a new song, “16 Shots,” during his set.

Before the show, Coogler told Buzzfeed that the organizers chose to hold the concert on the same night as the Oscars because it was the last Sunday of Black History Month: That the show was held at the same time as the Oscars was coincidental.

Despite that, DuVernay still threw a little shade toward the Oscars regarding their fundraising efforts.

A recording of the broadcast will be available on YouTube through Monday, which you can watch below.