Entertainers are known for using their position in the world to make political statements, and superstar singer Beyonce did just that when she brought some special guests to the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards.
While walking down the red carpet Beyonce brought the mothers of Mike Brown, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, and Oscar Grant. All of the young men died at the hands of police, besides Martin who was killed by George Zimmerman during an altercation in a quiet subdivision. The individuals listed have all been the catalysts which sparked the birth of the Black Lives Matter movement, and Beyonce has long voiced her opinions and support towards the movement. She first did so back in February when she released her music video entitled “Formation.” The video entailed a scene of what appeared to be Hurricane Katrina and Beyonce being sunk and drowned on top of a police cruiser. There was graffiti that said “stop shooting us” that echoed the concerns of the Black Lives Matter movement of police violence towards unarmed black individuals.
The mothers of three of the slain young men, Sybrina Fulton, Lezley McSpadden, and Gwen Carr, made an appearance in Beyonce’s music video from her chart-topping album “Lemonade.” In a bold statement by Beyonce she had the three mothers of the deceased holding pictures of them with solemn looks on their faces. Beyonce’s stand against police violence is sure to raise awareness of the issue, and through her actions perhaps she will prevent other individuals from suffering a similar fate.