T.I. tackled police brutality when he hit the stage at the 2016 Hip Hop Awards, which aired Tuesday night. The King of the South rock’d black from head to toe, while performing “We Will Not.”
“See what happen when athletes’ll no longer play for you,” he raps on the track. “Tell them accountants to pray for you. On respect or just respect what that paper’ll do. Look up, it too late for you. Droppin’ you off. Turnin’ them profits to loss/ When we won’t go shop in the mall.”
Simone Manuel made history with her gold medal win in the 100-meter freestyle at the Rio Olympics, Thursday night – becoming the first African-American female swimmer to take gold in an individual event. Following the historic victory, the 20-year-old Houston native opened up about police brutality in the United States.
“It means a lot, especially with what is going on in the world today, some of the issues of police brutality,” said Simone. “This win hopefully brings hope and change to some of the issues that are going on. My color just comes with the territory.”
Michael B. Jordan is speaking out about police brutality in a lengthy post he shared on Instagram. The Creed star says he has been trying to process everything that has occurred over the last few days, and is still searching for the words to express his pain.
“This hits close to home. It could have easily been myself, my little brother, my dad, one of my friends, or any of us,” he wrote. “When one of us is murdered because a police officer is “afraid for their life”, it pains us – we feel it.”
In light of the recent police shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile in Louisiana and Minnesota, Jay Z delivers a new song, entitled “spiritual.” The rap mogul tackles police brutality on the track, which he says he made a while ago, but never finished.
“Punch (TDE) told me I should drop it when Mike Brown died, sadly I told him, ‘this issue will always be relevant,’ he wrote in a letter accompanying the song. “I’m hurt that I knew his death wouldn’t be the last…… I’m saddened and disappointed in THIS America – we should be further along. WE ARE NOT.”