Watch: Beyoncé, Alicia Keys and 26 Other Major Celebs Speak Up About Police Brutality in Powerful Video

Watch: Beyoncé, Alicia Keys and 26 Other Major Celebs Speak Up About Police Brutality in Powerful Video

The #23Ways you could be killed if you're Black in America.

Published July 13th

Celebrities have already taken to social media, television and the internet to express their pain and anger since the police killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile last week.

Now stars like Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Common, Chris Rock and more have lent their voices to a Mic video to tell us the things that police have proven can get you killed if you're a Black American.

The familiar faces speak out about the 23 ways Black men and women have been killed in recent years. "Riding a commuter train," Talib Kweli says, referencing the death of Oscar Grant III.

"Walking home with a friend," Janelle Monáe says of Gregg Gunn.

"Making eye contact," Chance the Rapper says, remembering Freddie Gray.

The list goes on, highlighting the ridiculous reasons that have resulted in the deaths of so many innocent Black people. 

"Wearing a hoodie," Pharrell says of Trayvon Martin.

"Missing a front license plate," Kevin Hart says, referencing the death of Samuel Dubose.

The nearly three-minute video painfully lists name after name of victims of police violence and brutality.

The video continues with the statement, "In other words, just for being Black in America and doing absolutely nothing these everyday actions can be seen as not servile enough," with Rihanna saying the last three words.

Finally, Keys finishes the video by telling the viewer, "Go to weareheremovement.com to tell President Obama and congress that the time for change is now. We demand radical transformation to heal the long history of systemic racism so that all Americans have the right to live and pursue happiness."

Written by Evelyn Diaz

(Photo .Mic via Twitter)

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