Fantasia Barrino Cancels 'All Lives Matter' Concert, Issues Statement

Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic
The singer said police canceled the event and issued a statement addressing the concert and police shootings.

Fantasia Barrino took to Twitter Sunday afternoon to let fans know that her "All Lives Matter" concert had been postponed due to Charlotte police canceling the event.

Barrino posted a video to her Facebook page addressing the concert and the protests in Charlotte, saying, "It wasn’t just about music. I don’t know if people were coming out thinking they were going to hear my songs, but what they were really going to hear was worship. They were going to hear worship and prayer and poetry reading and strong men coming together to see if we can pull in our men. Not just only black, not just only white. People were out protesting today, it wasn’t just white people. It was black people, it was Latino people."

Barrino's husband also addressed the concert. 

"I have a lot of white employees, white colleagues, white business partners. I have a mixed grandchild. And I’m not going to discount that a black life is of lesser value than a white life or Hispanic life or Asian life or Latino life. Black lives matter because all lives matter."

WANT MORE FROM ESSENCE? Subscribe to our daily newsletter for the latest in hair, beauty, style and celebrity news.

According to Barrino, the concert has been rescheduled next weekend. The show is set to include performances by Barrino, Anthony Hamilton, John P. Kee and Dennis Reed.

Read More
Filed under: News