Last night, while most of Hollywood was patting itself (and Leo) on the back for making movies and laughing timidly about their industry's institutional racism, a handful of stars chose to spend their evening in Flint, Michigan, at a benefit to ease the city's horrific water contamination crisis. Hannibal Burress and Jesse Williams, and directors Ryan Coogler and Ava DuVernay were all in attendance, helping to raise over $145,000. The benefit also featured performances from Janelle Monae, Stevie Wonder, and Vic Mensa.
During his set, Mensa paused to address the audience, saying, "The shit's not right. This is something that's going on all around the nation." He went on to talk about Laquan McDonald, a 17-year-old black teenager in Chicago who was shot by the police. "They don't respect our lives, they don't respect that our lives have value," Mensa said. "But we know they do." He then launched into new track "16 Shots," referring to how many times McDonald was shot.