Three of the most powerful names in hip-hop are demanding justice be served in the killing of George Floyd. Beyoncé, Drake, and Rihanna each penned powerful messages about the tragic death of the unarmed 46-year-old black man lost his life while pleading for help as a white officer pinned him to the ground. George Floyd, who was in handcuffs at the time, died on Monday, May 25, and since his passing Hollywood has expressed their outrage over the cruelty and these three powerhouse singers are leading the pack.
Beyoncé shared a rare video showing herself pleading for justice on Friday. Turning the camera on herself, the 38-year-old star said she “broken” and “disgusted” over the incident. “We need justice for George Floyd,” the “Freedom” singer said. “We all witnessed his murder in broad daylight.”
“We’re broken and we’re disgusted,” she continued. “We cannot normalize this pain. I’m not only speaking to people of color. If you’re white, black, brown, or anything in between, I’m sure you feel hopeless by the racism going on in America right now.”
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“No more senseless killings of human beings. No more seeing people of color as less than human. We can no longer look away,” Beyoncé plead. “George is all of our family in humanity. He’s family because he’s a fellow American. There have been too many times that we’ve seen these violent killings and no consequences. Yes, someone has been charged but justice is far from being achieved.”
Beyoncé’s husband Jay-Z‘s protege Rihanna followed suit, posting a picture of George Floyd with an explosive caption.
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Saying the magnitude of “devastation, anger, sadness” she’s felt all week is “overwhelming,” Rihanna continued, “Watching my people get murdered and lynched day after day pushed me to a heavy place in my heart!” Telling her followers that she’s been staying off social media “just to avoid hearing the blood-curdling agony in George Floyd’s voice again, begging over and over for his life,” she moved on to blasting Derek Chauvin, the police officer who has now been charged with third-degree murder.
Calling him a “bigot, murderer, thug, pig, bum,” Rihanna said, “I can’t shake this! I can’t get over an ambulance pulling up to an arrest, a paramedic checking a pulse without removing the very thing that’s hindering it! Is this that fucking If intentional MURDER is the fit consequence for “drugs” or “resisting arrest”….then what’s the fit consequence for MURDER???!”
Rihanna’s longtime friend and former flame Drake weighed in too. The rapper honored George Floyd by sharing “Affirmation,” a poem by Assata Shakur. “Rest in heaven George Floyd ?,” he wrote.