A lot of people in the hip-hop community are reacting to the police-involved shooting deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.
While most are using hashtags, Chris Brown wants his peers to take everything a step further and actually get involved. He hit up Instagram this morning (July 8) and demanded everyone with a large following to stand up and speak out.
“I hate making these videos because I hate to be the one acting like I’m preaching all the time,” he said in a video posted to his account. “For this time I’m just asking all the celebrities man, all the people with actual voices, when you want somebody to buy your f*****g album or hear a mixtape, do this do that, get on stage and do whatever the f**k you do – shake ya a**, show ya stomach, whatever the f**k you going to do – how ‘bout we speak up right now and help people. Can we help? Can our voices actually mean something? Please.”
CB also released a song in reaction to the recent unrest. “My Friend” relays the frustration the African-American community is currently going through and the frustration with how to react to incidents of police violence. "This song I released for free for anybody dealing with injustice or struggle in their lives," he tweeted along with the song.
Alton Sterling was shot multiple times in the chest Wednesday (July 6) after police pinned him down and discovered he had a firearm in the back pocket of his pants. Philando Castile, another African-American whose death sparked protest, was shot and eventually died after police believed that the identification he was reaching for inside of his car (which they requested he brandish) was a firearm. Both cases have raised questions as to whether the men were actually a threat to harm the officers who engaged them.
Check out all of Chris Brown’s reactions on the matter below.
This song I released for free for anybody dealing with injustice or struggle in their lives. https://t.co/Tvgltmenhm— Chris Brown (@chrisbrown) July 7, 2016
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