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Why go to the Oscars, when instead you can make a real difference and support an awesome cause in Flint, MI?!

That’s exactly what Hannibal Burress, Ava DuVernay, Ryan Coogler, Janelle Monae and Jesse Williams plan to do. The entertainment heavyweights have joined forces to bring a free event to Flint in an effort to promote human rights concerns.

The event, #JUSTICEFORFLINT, will be hosted by Burress and is open to the public. It’s presented by “Blackout for Human Rights”, which was founded by Coogler to address human rights violations in the U.S. In a statement Ryan said, “With the #JUSTICEFORFLINT benefit event we will give a voice to the members of the community who were the victims of the choices of people in power who are paid to protect them, as well as provide them with a night of entertainment, unity, and emotional healing. Through the live stream we will also give a chance for people around the world to participate, and to donate funds to programs for Flint’s youth.”

The fact that the event is on the same day as the Oscars is purely coincidental. Coogler states that it was just the final weekend in Black History Month. #JUSTICEFORFLINT will start at 5:30 p.m. ET — two and half hours before the Academy Awards begins — at Whiting Auditorium with the goal of raising awareness and funds for those affected by the Flint water crisis. It will also be live-streamed via revolt.tv.

This is so dope! For more info on this event, click HERE.

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Seal Under Investigation For Sexual Assault — Did Oprah Controversy Lead To New Claims?

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Seal is the latest star to be accused of sexual assault. The timing, however, is a bit peculiar.

The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department confirmed on Tuesday that they are investigating claims by a neighbor in Malibu that the British singer sexually violated her back in November 2016.

Following the January 13th “neighbor disturbance” call to authorities. officials released a statement that read: “It was determined, however, at the time of the deputies’ arrival there was no disturbance at the location between the victim and any of her neighbors. The victim disclosed to the deputies she, allegedly, had been the victim of a sexual battery in November of 2016.”

Détails aout the allegations are unclear, but according to Seal’s rep, the singer “vehemently denies the recent accusations made against him by a former neighbor for alleged misconduct of more than a year ago. He intends to vigorously defend himself against these false allegations.”

TMZ is reporting that Seal tried to kiss her and then groped her when she went to his home to borrow a salad spinner. That’s when he allegedly belittled her for wearing a tank top and shorts.

The recent accusations come just days after Seal seemingly accused Oprah Winfrey of knowing about Harvey Weistein’s sexual misconduct over the years.

The singer claims he has the upmost respect for Oprah and that his post was not meant to be an attack on the media mogul; but it appears as though his mere insinuation sparked outrage in the neighbor.

The alleged victim not only waited a year to file the complaint, but she waited until the singer was hot in the headlines.

Seal, who has supported the #MeToo movement, has not officially been charged.

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