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Tyrese says he didn't mean to diss Jay Z in the name of humanity, he was just asking powerful Black men to come together and save Black lives.
For what seems like the first time this decade, celebrities won’t stop pleading for social and racial justice until equality is served.
Tyrese Gibson is the most recent Hollywood voice to chime in on an ever growing and never ending issue of police brutality on Black lives in America. The singer turned to Instagram yesterday to deliver a PSA to Hollywood’s powerful Black men.
His message included an image of Jay Z, Future, DJ Khaled and others on the set of DJ Khaled’s latest single, “I Got the Keys,” and read, “They scheduled a video….. I hope they’ve scheduled other meetings about the state of black men and WHAT we need to do to change the shit that’s going on……… ”
They scheduled a video….. I hope they've scheduled other meetings about the state of black men and WHAT we need to do to change the shit that's going on……… I'm scared for our future I'm especially scared of the most powerful black men and influential black men of our generation NOT finding time to take what's really going on more serious and align our minds and powers to directly affect change……. I pretty much know everyone IN this pic so this ain't no sneak diss I don't need the attention trust me I'm good……. We matter so we have to put our minds together and decide HOW we're going to USE this God given stage of influence to directly affect change and create greater standards for our community…… We get killed faster, we go to jail longer, we are also killing each other - a tap on the hand for raw cocaine and 20 years for crack cocaine, they legalize marijuana then give you 6 years in jail when you're caught with a certain amount…. Even if you're licensed to carry - #carrying while #black will get you killed even when you're asked to SHOW your license….. So yeah videos are nice and the first week of sales are nice… But it's some real shit going on out here and it's time to DO something…… If #ALLLIVESMATTER this shouldn't just be about what what "we" as black people are dealing with… Show up for me…. This is when I need YOU the most…. Don't be my friend at your convenience…. Don't call me "off the record" to check up on me…… This is a human race issue right?? Show UP for me…… This is HOW you directly affect change… The power is in the presence and in the numbers….
According to TMZ, Tyrese’s post wasn’t intended to point fingers. Instead the “IG post was about all people of color needing to step up and come together — especially powerful men like Jay Z, who has the stage and voice to influence real change … like going to Congress to change gun and drug laws.”
The Fast and Furious actor told TMZ he plans on reaching out to Hov to establish a game plan to “save black men from killing each other and winding up in jail.”
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