23 noted deaths of black citizens were represented by 23 celebs in the latest video “23 Ways You Could Be Killed If You Are Black In America,” which was done in collaboration with Alicia Key’s We Are Here Movement with original reporting from Mic’s Jamilah King.
The video features multiple celebs including Pharrell, Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett Smith individually stating a particular reason behind each black citizen’s life that was unexpectedly ended, and then it shows the name and face of the citizen they are referring to all the way through 23 lives.
“Failing to signal a lane change.” “Riding in your girlfriend’s car with a child in the back.” “Running to the bathroom in your own apartment.”
These are the first three reasons given when the video begins, which are voiced respectively by Alicia Keys, Beyonce and Chris Rock.
The video was released in less than a week after the untimely deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castille, who were both shot and killed by police officers on separate occasions. It ends with Alicia Keys speaking directly to the camera.
“Go to WeAreHereMovement.com and tell President Obama and Congress that the time for change is now,” she said. “We demand radical transformation to heal the long history of systemic racism so that all Americans have the equal right to live and to pursue happiness.”
Beyonce has been one of many celebs to voice her stance in response to the deaths. Last week she penned a letter to her website calling to action for the killings to stop.
“We are sick and tired of the killings of young men and women in our communities,” she wrote in the letter. “It is up to us to take a stand and demand that they 'stop killing.' We don't need sympathy. We need everyone to respect our lives. We're going to stand up as a community and fight against anyone who believes that murder or any violent action by those who are sworn to protect us should consistently go unpunished.”
Other celebs have taken a public stance on the matter as well. On Wednesday night’s ESPY Awards Lebron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul and Dewayne Wade opened the show with a passionate message. The NBA stars spoke about the recent deaths and stated, “Enough is enough.”
Various celebs have voiced their positions via social media and other outlets.
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