Black in America

Alicia Keys, Beyonce, and other celebrities recite reasons black Americans have been killed

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Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Rihanna, and more than a dozen other celebrities are calling on President Obama, Congress, and Americans to change the way police interact with black citizens in a dramatic new video in which they recount the reasons black individuals have been shot and killed by police in America in recent years.

“Riding in your girlfriend’s car with a child in the back,” Beyoncé says, referring to the shooting death of Philando Castile last week.

“Wearing a hoodie,” Pharrell Williams says, referring to Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old boy shot and killed in Florida in 2012 by neighborhood watch organizer George Zimmerman.

Chris Rock, Lenny Kravitz, Chance the Rapper, and Bono are some of the other celebrities who read aloud the “23 Ways You Could Be Killed If You Are Black in America,” a video put together by Keys and the We Are Here Movement. The grainy black-and-white video is set against dramatic music, ending in Rihanna saying that all of these actions add up to black people not being “servile enough” and Keys demanding “radical transformation to heal the long history of systemic racism so that all Americans have the equal right to live and pursue happiness.”

Watch the full video here.

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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