July 13, 2016


Watch Beyoncé, Rihanna & Tons More List 23 F--ked Up Reasons Black Americans Have Been Killed

Last week, Mic.com senior staff writer Jamilah King published a horrifying, anger-escalating piece called "23 Everyday Actions Punishable by Death if You're Black in America." Today, Alicia Keys has organized a video featuring BeyoncéRihanna, Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett Smith, A$AP RockyQueen LatifahBono, Kevin Hart, Chance the Rapper, Taraji P. Henson, Common and more reading those reasons. Their somber interpretation gives the list an even more chilling aspect.

Watch above for a crucial reminder that actions as simple as wearing a hoodie, missing a front license plate and selling CDs outside a store have all been grounds for police to murder black Americans.

After each of the #23reasons—a hashtag recommended in tandem with sharing this video on social media—the clip shows someone who was murdered for doing exactly that. The tragic roll call:

Sandra Bland
Philando Castile
Ramarley Graham
Eric Garner
Oscar Grant III
Gregg Gunn
Freddie Gray
Alton Sterling
Trayvon Martin
Mario Woods
Laquan McDonald
Samuel DuBose
Tamir Rice
Walter L. Scott
Sean Bell
Akai Gurley
Renisha McBride
India M. Beaty
Cynthia Hurd
Susie Jackson
Ethel Lance
DePayne Middleton-Doctor
Clementa Pinckney
Tywanza Sanders
Daniel Simmons
Sharonda Singleton
Myra Thompson
John Crawford III
Rekia Boyd
Amadou Diallo
Jamar Clark

The clip concludes with Alicia Keys saying, "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." She points viewers to WeAreHereMovement.com.