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Beyonce speaks against Police Brutality & Jay Z Drops Police Brutality Song ‘Spiritual’

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Power couple Beyonce and Jay Z have added their voice to that of other celebrities that are speaking up against police brutality following the death of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.

On her website Beyonce wrote:

Beyonce

The post ended with this “We all have the power to channel our anger and frustration into action. We must use our voices to contact the politicians and legislators in our districts and demand social and judicial changes.”

At her concert in Glasgow on Thursday night, she held a moment’s silence and used the giant screens to display the names of victims of police violence.

Beyonce Concert

Her husband Jay Z has also dropped a new song speaking against police brutality.

The song “Spirituality” has a note from the rapper which reads:

“I made this song a year or so ago. I never got to finish it. Punch [Terrence Henderson, the co-president of Top Dawg Entertainment] told me I should drop it when Mike Brown died, sadly I told him, ‘This issue will always be relevant.’ I’m hurt that I knew his death wouldn’t be the last. I’m saddened and disappointed in THIS America – we should be further along, WE ARE NOT. I trust God and know everything that happens is for our greatest good, but man…. it’s touch right now. Blessings to all the families that have lost loved ones to police brutality.”

You can stream ‘Spiritual’ on TIDAL now.

24 Comments

  1. Tiana

    July 8, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    Shameless couple.. ex drug pusher.. where r the black attorneys.. doctors.. accountants.. teachers etc.. they r the real role models children should look up to not some ex drug pusher and blonde wearing tweaking person..

    • Mbeke feeling funky

      July 8, 2016 at 1:07 pm

      Seriously ? someone’s father has been murdered and people are speaking up against it and trying to mobilise their millions of fans to act and your first response is to insult them?

      So what only the opinions of people in 9 to 5 jobs matter?

      I’m not even a fan of either Beyoncé or Jay Z but I find your comment unnecessary. Please even if you dislike them take away the message which is, if you live in America contact the politicians in your area and make your voice heard.

    • Mbeke feeling funky

      July 8, 2016 at 1:38 pm

      Sorry someone’s parent has just been murdered and these people are making statements to mobilise their millions of fans to act and your main concern is what they do/did for a living. Do you know of the circumstances that led to Jay Z being a drug dealer?

      Is it only the opinions of people with 9 to 5 jobs that matter?

      This situation is not about them being good role models or not.

      Please even if you hate them, take away the message, which is that if you live in America contact your politicians so that your voices are heard and hopefully one day police brutality against minorities will be a thing of the past.

    • Tiana

      July 8, 2016 at 1:45 pm

      I d9nt care what jayz circumstance was that led to him being a drug pusher.. we can all make excuse but some of us chose not to.. we don’t take the coward way out.. by selling drugs and destroying our communities..

    • Mbeke feeling funky

      July 8, 2016 at 2:15 pm

      @Tiana, the point is that what Jay Z and Beyoncé do or did is trivial in this situation. And as @ab pointed below anyone with significant influence should use that to help bring as much awareness to the issue because it cannot go on.

      Please don’t detract from the matter by making it about Jay Z and Beyoncé when it’s about so much more than that.

    • Iris

      July 8, 2016 at 2:13 pm

      Omo! E pain you reach so? Lol I’m actually shocked. Do you know them personally or something?

    • ECA

      July 8, 2016 at 2:21 pm

      Boo to you Tiana! Stop the PHD attitude, hating, whatever you’re spewing and see the bigger picture. They’re lending their voice to a cause. In fact you saying that nonsense is as good as indirectly saying ” anyone who has a shady past is without value, un-human” (which ironically some people would use as a line of argument to the killing of those who were unfairly killed -FYI Tiana one of the victims unfortunately had a number of convictions to his name).

      Anywho sha – I’m loving this couple (especially Beyonce) more and more each day. Staking their career for a cause that can potentially alienate so many fans. Good on them.

    • ATL's finest

      July 8, 2016 at 3:31 pm

      @ Tiana smh & the 10 people who liked your comment. Pls take great msg out of this. Those been killed everyday could be your FAM members, brother, friend etc. These are real life folks just like U & Me. They don’t deserve to die just like that. They ve got FAM they left behind. My second best friend is a police office & trust me when I tell U no matter how hard her job may sound, she prays a lot before getting out of that Patrol Car, she gives a warning ticket before an actual tix. ( of course that’s if you aren’t over doing the wrong). If she’s arresting someone, U Best believe she’s preaching to U while U are off to Jail. These cops have got baton & Teaser worth a lot of Voltage so why not pull that out first before pulling out a GUN?? Tiana I don’t know if u are white or black it don’t matter. But honestly, be very afraid for any black male you have growing up in this soil. Beyonce & Jay-z have go . Great message & let’s see the good in it. Yes, Jay-z was a drug deal but who doesn’t have a past???? So pls let blood flow thru your veins before u start to type. Thanks & have a blessed day hun.

    • ATL's finest

      July 8, 2016 at 3:34 pm

      Pardon all my typos. Tiana is about to make someone drop some harsh words 🙂

    • Bye Bye Felicia

      July 8, 2016 at 4:15 pm

      @ATL’s Finest 10 people who liked wetin? My dear, Tiana liked her/his comments him/herself! No sane, thinking person would like the rubbish @Tiana just spewed.
      You Tiana, how many of your “real” role models have you heard speak up? Your “real doctor” Ben Carson, shamelessly supporting racists like Donald Trump, has he spoken up since this happened? Your “real role models” like Condolezza Rice are sellouts who have sold their souls to white supremacist Republicans. The “Ghetto Trash twerking drug pushing blondes” like Beyonce and Hov are the ones standing by the black community, YOUR COMMUNITY!! So shut up if you have nothing sensible to say, Olodo!!

    • Wanderlust _Trekeffect

      July 8, 2016 at 4:20 pm

      “Tweaking person”? Lmao maybe she needs to tweak your brain.

    • Spunky

      July 8, 2016 at 10:20 pm

      This is not Jay-z or Beyonce. They lent their voice on behalf of millions who have no channel to vent. They along side other celebrities are fighting for a positive course. It has nothing to do with music promotion either. Jezz! Some folks are damn [email protected] Tiana, this is for you.

    • shola

      July 8, 2016 at 11:15 pm

      shut that hole you call a mouth. see why people fail exams. is that what we are talking about. i am sick and tired of the way we judge people in this country. we are so judgmental that i begin to wonder where all the ‘bad’ comes from when everyone is forming ‘too good’. For once, stick to the subject matter of a discourse and don’t deviate. i swear down i am upset!!!

    • Damilola

      July 9, 2016 at 12:58 pm

      This couple can’t win. If they don’t speak, damn them. If they do, damn them too. I admire them speaking up whether it’s business move or true solidarity. They spoke up using their large platform.
      They are musical artists. So, you don’t have a past, ms saint. He’s an ex drug dealer turned a successful businessman. If you are looking for black professionals, you definitely won’t find them on social media. Go to the hospital and offices.
      But I do wish, we see more of their faces on our TV screen instead of the opposite.

  2. joyce

    July 8, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    omg Tiana who are you to judge jay z n Beyoncé. you seem to be worse than the white people killing blacks. how sad. things wont get any better if blacks like you condemn blacks. may the souls of those killed rest in peace

  3. Tosin

    July 8, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    Word. Respect. Really time, it’s time.

  4. ab

    July 8, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    does it really matter that he was an ex drug pushers and she a blonde? What matters is that they lend their voice to a cause that is so important.Right about now anybody that is in a position of influence should talk about it, who frigging cares if they were once hoodlums and what not! Not sure what we have become as people in this crazy world! Such a shame! Put some re speck on their name oh Biko!, at least they have worked hard at their craft and have some level of influence, if you not happy where they started from no p but last I checked there is a God in heaven that will judge all of that…What matters is that we focus on important issues and have people in places of influence who can help …@mgbeke feeling funky I could love your comment a thousand times!

  5. ECA

    July 8, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    Boo to you Tiana! Stop the PHD attitude, hating, whatever you’re spewing and see the bigger picture. They’re lending their voice to a cause. In fact you saying that nonsense is as good as indirectly saying ” anyone who has a shady past is without value, un-human” (which ironically some people would use as a line of argument to the killing of those who were unfairly killed -FYI Tiana one of the victims unfortunately had a number of convictions to his name).

    Anywho sha – I’m loving this couple (especially Beyonce) more and more each day. Staking their career for a cause that can potentially alienate so many fans. Good on them.

  6. Prince

    July 8, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    This is just that time everyone need to come together and unite. If we dont stand for something, we will fall for anything.

  7. Celeste

    July 8, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    My own is: Is the song free?

    If not, I see Jay Z releasing it NOW as extortion and making money off others misfortune. And it is highly insensitive of him.

  8. Celeste

    July 8, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    Don’t get me wrong, he can release and sell this song if there was no such incidence at this time. But
    considering that the song is released at a time we have two people killed by the police and protests ongoing – the song should be free. Else it is just business. And we all know that since the song is about police brutality, its going to sell well at this time.

    Another option is Jay Z donating the proceeds of the song to the families of victims of police brutality.

  9. Debbie

    July 8, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    And to all those booing Tiana- shame on you too! Abeg, everyone has the right to their opinion . 2 sides to a coin – why have they chosen to release the song now and only in a matter of days (wanna make money off it)? On the other hand, maybe the song has truly been released as an act of solidarity as stated by Beyonce. Who knows the human heart?
    RIP to all those who have lost their lives due to police brutality. Rather sad that this is repeating itself over and over again. I don’t hear that the police are shooting Indian guys, chinese, etc. Why must it be black every time. Ngwa! This thing needs to be addressed o. I try hard not to see racism but racism is well and alive in America. So unfortunate. The black race is constantly under scrutiny! We will not bow to racism!

  10. Adesuwa

    July 8, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    @tiana y not tell Kim kardashian too to shut up as she self get sex tape. Madam if u be saint I go like be ur friend. We are saying something impt u dey talk if drug pusher. Chere first, how u take know say him be drug pusher abi na u be dey buy am? (say d truth, don’t worry NDLEA will not come for u). Dis is d problem within ourselves ( black people) them talk wahala, them no talk casala. We can’t stand together to defend ourselves

  11. Chi

    July 14, 2016 at 11:06 am

    I wish we could have our celebrities raise their voices for those being murdered daily by fulani herdsmen and stupid religious extremists too.

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