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Eminem and friends sending Flint a million water bottles
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Oakland County-based rapper Eminem has joined an all-star coalition that's sending a million bottles of water to Flint to help residents weather the ongoing water crisis there.

Eminem (real name Marshall Mathers III, who has a residence on Oakland County and a recording studio in Ferndale, has teamed with fellow rappers Sean "Diddy" Combs and Wiz Khalifa and actor Mark Wahlberg to donate the bottles, which are coming from AQUAhyrdate, a company Combs and Wahlberg have invested in. The impetus was Will Dzombak, an executive with Khalifa's Taylor Gang company, who has family in Flint.

The first 5,000 case of AQUAhyrdrate are slated to arrive Wednesday, Jan. 27, from Los Angeles.

This is the latest in a number of celebrity outreaches to Flint. Detroit R&B singer KEM will be in the city Tuesday, Jan. 26, to help distribute bottled water at the Flint Beecher Corps Community Center. He's also launched a text fundraising drive with the Salvation Army of Genesee County.

NBC "Tonight" show host Jimmy Fallon announced a $10,000 donation to the Community Foundation of Greater Flint, asking friends to match his donation. Detroit native Jack White, West Bloomfield-based rapper Big Sean, Seattle rockers Pearl Jam and rapper Meek Mill have also made donations of money and water to the city.

Meanwhile, actor Matt Damon, who founded the charity Water.org to promote safe water and sanitation around the world, is the latest celebrity calling for Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder to resign in the wake of the crisis, telling the Daily Beast that, "At the very least he should resign. At the very least. Listen, everybody's entitled to a fair trail in the United States of America, but that man should get one. And soon. That's just my personal opinion."

Damon added to Britain's Sky news that the Flint situation reminds him of a visit to Ethiopia years ago, "in this little village where these kids were collecting this water that was the color of chocolate milk -- kind of like the water in Flint, actually."

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