Star-Studded Flint Charity Benefit Raises $156,000

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Ryan Coogler on stage at the Sunday event.

The fundraiser held Sunday was attended by Ryan Coogler, Ava DuVernay, singer Janelle Monae and other celebrities.

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A benefit for residents affected by lead-contaminated water in Flint has raised nearly $156,000.

Blackout for Human Right's #JusticeForFlint said Tuesday about 2,000 people attended the event.

Filmmaker and founding Blackout member Ryan Coogler says more than 4,000 people sent in online donations. Coogler directed the film Creed.

Blackout is a collective that addresses human rights violations.

The fundraiser held Sunday — Oscar night — was attended by Coogler, director Ava DuVernay, singer Janelle Monae and other celebrities.

Flint, north of Detroit, was under state financial control in 2014 when it switched from Detroit's water system to the Flint River to save money. Corrosive water from the river leached lead from old water lines into some homes.

Tests have shown high lead levels in some Flint children.

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