“Ongoing challenges remain years later for Flint residents, and it's important that we don't forget our brothers and sisters affected by this disaster.”



Bruno Mars Donates $1 Million to Flint Water Crisis

Bruno Mars is using some of that “24k Magic” money to help a good cause.

The musician revealed during his Saturday concert in Auburn Hills, Michigan that he had donated $1 million to aid victims of the water crisis in nearby Flint. This isn’t the first time a celebrity has offered their support to Flint (Hannibal Buress headlined #JUSTICEFORFLINT, an event that rivaled the infamous #sowhite Oscars), but the million-dollar number certainly packs a punch.

All revenues from the Detroit-area show, part of his 24k Magic World Tour, will go to the Community Foundation of Greater Flint. This foundation deals with the continued issues stemming from the city’s water crisis, which began when the state of Michigan decided to switch Flint’s water supply from Lake Huron to the notoriously dirty and lead-filled Flint River in April 2014. ICYMI, it’s now 2017, and the city of Flint still doesn’t have access to clean water. Many have pointed out Flint’s 47 percent African American population, and raised points that Flint’s access to clean drinking water, or lack thereof, is a clear example of environmental racism.

Speaking to the crowd, Mars said, “I’m very thankful to the Michigan audience for joining me in supporting this cause. Ongoing challenges remain years later for Flint residents, and it’s important that we don’t forget our brothers and sisters affected by this disaster. As people, especially as Americans, we need to stand together to make sure something like this never happens in any community ever again.”

After announcing the huge donation on stage, Mars spoke about his love of performing, and how music can bring people together. “This is why we love what we do. We get a chance to go up on stage every night and perform … and the fact that we can show up here and celebrate under one roof together, all this positive energy that’s flowing. This is the world we want to live in.”

Featured image via Las Vegas Weekly

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