Beyoncé, Rihanna, Alicia Keys and More Speak Up in “23 Ways You Could Be Killed If You Are Black in America”

Beyoncé, Rihanna, Alicia Keys and More Speak Up in “23 Ways You Could Be Killed If You Are Black in America”

23 stars speak up on 23 black lives lost in America, and issue a call to action

23 stars speak up on 23 black lives lost in America, and issue a call to action

Text: Gabriella Salkin

Gruesome police brutality and what seems like endless shootings, one after the other, has Alicia Keys speaking up. Keys collaborated with Mic and the We Are Here Movement to organize a video, “23 Ways You Could Be Killed If You Are Black in America,” featuring 22 other celebrities including Beyoncé, Rihanna, Chance the Rapper, Adam Levine, and more.

Each of the 23 stars reads a different “way to be killed,” following a name and photo flashing the screen of the actual victim who lost his or her life.

“Riding in your girlfriend’s car with a child in the back,” “Running to the bathroom in your own apartment,” “Riding a commuter train,” “Walking home with a friend,” are just some of the reasons listed in the video.

The video is powerful, tear-jerking, and thought provoking and ends with Keys asking a final request to viewers.

"Go to weareheremovement.com to tell President Obama and Congress that the time for change is now," she says while looking straight into the camera. "We demand radical transformation to heal the long history of systemic racism so that all Americans have the equal right to live and to pursue happiness."

Credits: Image courtesy of YouTube

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