Beyonce pays tribute to Alton Sterling and Philando Castile at concert

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Beyoncé is adding her voice to the chorus speaking against the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. The singer posted an open letter on her website on Thursday as well as holding a moment’s silence at her concert in Glasgow, Scotland, for the two men.

Beyoncé is adding her voice to the chorus of people speaking out against the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. "We are sick and tired of the killings of young men and women in our community. It's up to us to take a stand and demand that they 'stop killing us,'" reads a statement from Beyoncé posted on her website Thursday. File- Beyoncé onstage during the filming of the "I Was Here" video at the General Assembly at the United Nations. Full credit:  Cliff Watts/Parkwood Entertainment

Beyoncé is adding her voice to the chorus of people speaking out against the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.
“We are sick and tired of the killings of young men and women in our community. It’s up to us to take a stand and demand that they ‘stop killing us,'” reads a statement from Beyoncé posted on her website Thursday.
File- Beyoncé onstage during the filming of the “I Was Here” video at the General Assembly at the United Nations.
Full credit: Cliff Watts/Parkwood Entertainment

“We are sick and tired of the killings of young men and women in our community. It’s up to us to take a stand and demand that they ‘stop killing us,'” reads a statement from Beyoncé.

The shooting deaths of both men at the hands of police officers has fueled outrage over the treatment of African-Americans by law enforcement across the country.

Castile, a 34-year-old public school employee, was shot by a police officer during a traffic stop in Minnesota on Wednesday. Sterling, a 37-year-old father of five, was shot and killed by officers in Louisiana a day earlier. Both incidents were captured on cell phone cameras.

“We’re going to stand up as a community and fight against anyone who believes that murder or any violent action by those who are sworn in to protect us should consistently go unpunished,” Beyoncé’s statement continues.

The singer’s website letter echos her references to police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement in her 2016 album and film, “Lemonade.”

The statement ends with a call to action: “We must use our voices to contact the politicians and representatives in our districts and demand social and judicial changes.”

Glasgow concert

The singer paid tribute to both slain men at her concert in Glasgow, Scotland, on Thursday night.

“Ladies and gentlemen please join me in a moment’s silence to acknowledge the lives of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile,” Beyoncé said. On a giant screen behind her, Sterling and Castile’s names appeared first in a list of names of people killed by police.

Gavin Dunne, a Beyoncé superfan who said he is traveling the United Kingdom and Ireland to go to every concert on the singer’s tour, said he could feel the hairs stand up on the back of his neck during the emotional tribute.

Beyoncé then began to sing “Freedom,” a song she wrote with Kendrick Lamar and others.

Beyonce paid tribute to Alfred Sterling and Philando Castile during her concert in Glasgow, Scotland on July 7, 2016. Their names appeared first in a long list of men who were killed by police. The singer then called for a moment's silence for both men.

Beyonce paid tribute to Alfred Sterling and Philando Castile during her concert in Glasgow, Scotland on July 7, 2016. Their names appeared first in a long list of men who were killed by police. The singer then called for a moment’s silence for both men.

Other stars weigh in

Other artists addressing this week’s shooting deaths included musician John Legend, “Selma” director Ava DuVernay, and “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Actress Issa Rae started a GoFundMe campaign to benefit Sterling’s children that raised more than $450,000 in one day.

3 comments

  • t love

    Beyonce please stop saying “stop killing us”! When numerous blacks kill numerous blacks you are nowhere to be found! You’re never in the hood and the hood was never in you until Hova put a seed in you! Stick to making music and provocative videos. Pouring peoples yearly income into a hot tub definitely seperates you from the real negro struggle club.

  • Dylan

    What about the sniper who has now murdered multiple cops in Dallas Beyonce…what about all.the blacks killing blacks….let’s hear your preaching on those topics

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