Janelle Monae performs at the #JusticeForFlint event in Flint, Michigan on Feb. 28, 2016 .
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A benefit for residents affected by lead-contaminated water in Flint has raised nearly $156,000.
Blackout for Human Right’s #JusticeForFlint said Tuesday (March 1) 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 home.
Tests have shown high lead levels in some Flint children.[Billboard]