Rapper Big Sean Launches “Help Flint Kids” Project 

After Revolt did their thing in a concert highlighting the crisis, Big Sean took the time to speak with Los Angeles’ 92.3 The Real about what he’s doing to give back to Flint with his Heal Flint Kids project.

Big Sean said of giving back to his local community:

“I believe in Karma, I believe in just being a righteous dude and a good person. It’s always been a major, major part of not just my career, but my upbringing. We used to go the Salvation Army all the time – two to three times a year.

What’s going on in Flint obviously is tragic, it’s not just a natural disaster though, there needs to be some blame placed on the people there who deserve it,” he lamented. “But you know we are stepping in and doing what we can – our goal was to raise $50,000, but now we almost have raised $100,000. And its not just for water, we aren’t just donating water bottles. We are helping kids get the proper care that they need, see the proper doctors.”

This story not only hits home for Big Sean because it happened in his own state, but his mother also suffered at one point in her life from lead poisoning as well.

“My mom actually has experienced lead poisoning to a degree, so we knew how deep it is, and I know the things that my mom went through and it’s real, real painful and real like devastating. We just want to make sure that they get the proper care, proper doctors and proper attention and not just the water bottles – but the water too.”

Famed documentarian and native of Flint, Michael Moore, called Big Sean to congratulate and commend Sean on service to the city of Flint.

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Source | All Hip Hop

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Janelle Monae, Jesse Williams, Ava DuVernay, Ryan Coogler To Headline #JUSTICEFORFLINT Benefit – Feb. 28

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Ava DuVernay and Ryan Coogler in Hollywood on Dec. 14, 2015. (Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images for Disney)

article by Jaimie Etkin via buzzfeed.com

On Feb. 28, comedian Hannibal BuressCreed director and co-writer Ryan Coogler, singer Janelle MonaeGrey’s Anatomy star Jesse WilliamsSelma director Ava DuVernay, and other entertainment notables will be joining forces onstage for a free event in Flint, Michigan, BuzzFeed News can exclusively reveal. The Buress-hosted gathering, dubbed #JUSTICEFORFLINT, is open to the public and presented by Blackout for Human Rights, an activist collective founded by Coogler which is devoted to addressing human rights violations in the U.S.

For almost two years, Flint’s residents — many of whom are black and impoverished — have been subjected to massive lead and bacterial contamination in Genesee County’s water supply, and forced to avoid tap water.

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Beyoncé Announces The Formation World Tour; Launches Initiative to Help Flint Water Crisis

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Beyonce Dancers for NOW 020816 Beyoncé mid-slay with dancers at yesterday’s Super Bowl Halftime Show (photo via colorlines.com)

article by Lori Lakin Hutcherson (follow @lakinhutcherson)

Something tells me we will soon have to invent a new way to say “slay,” because if the boss moves perpetrated in the last two days by Beyoncé have shown us anything, they’ve shown us she has every intention of erecting on top of the foundation she laid with 2013’s “Beyoncé” an impenetrable Fortress of Slayage where the word will soon retire itself (because really, where else has it to go?).

To recap, not only did Queen Bey the day before the Super Bowl drop her “Formation” video – which the internet is still feverishly and giddily unpacking – she performed it at halftime, paid homage to the Black Panthers in the Bay Area on their 50th anniversaryduring the 50th Super Bowl, paid homage to Malcolm X with her squad’s literal formation, and then claimed the commercial space right after halftime to announce her

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Rap Star Pusha T Quietly Donated Semi-Truckfulls of Water to Flint Residents

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Pusha T (photo via bet.com)

by Paul Meara via bet.com

Many in hip hop have done their part in donating bottled water to victims of the Flint crisis, but for their efforts they understandably make it news for PR purposes. Pusha T decided to donate, except he was trying to escape the publicity.

According to MLive, The G.O.O.D. Music President recently sent two unsuspecting drivers from his hometown of Norfolk, Virginia to Flint with a pair of semi-trucks loaded with 2,000 cases of water to assist those in need of clean water in the Michigan town.

“I knew who was bringing water but I didn’t know who was actually shipping it,” said W.I. James, who was at the helm of one of the semis traveling 830 miles. “All I know is that it was donated.”

Lakeesha Atkinson, member of the philanthropic Partners in the Community, unveiled…

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Michigan Governor Wants to Help Flint Residents Pay Their Water Bills

  
Via Fortune– Michigan Governor Rick Snyder plans to request state funding to help alleviate residents affected by the Flint Water Crisis. 

As part of his 2016-2017 budget proposal, Snyder will ask that $30 million be set aside to help residents of Flint, Michigan pay their water/sewer bill, the Associated Press reports. Sewage was estimated to compose over half the total bill. The allotment would then pay 65% of the water portion that covers things like drinking, cooking, bathing, and washing hands.

The $30 million will be taken from a previous budget surplus of $575 million. “Flint residents will not have to pay for water they cannot drink,” Snyder told AP.

If approved, the proposal will cover the two-year period starting in April 2014 and ending this spring, which is when the water supply will hopefully be safe to use. It will benefit 21,000 Flint residents, both those who currently reside in the town as well as others who have already moved away. There are also 9,000 residents in debt who will be put on a payment plan to help them catch up with their sewer charges and the remaining 35% of their water bill.

“I think it’s an amazing gesture of common sense and goodwill, and it corrects an injustice,” Virginia Tech professor Marc Edwards, who helped expose the problem, told AP.

However, not everyone’s impressed. Flint Senator Jim Ananich criticized Snyder for his slow and inadequate response, and his spokesperson told AP that it “doesn’t even come close to refunding Flint residents for undrinkable, unusable water they paid for starting in April 2014—let alone what they then paid for water they could use.”