R&B veteran Tyrese Gibson used his voice for change during a peaceful protest today (Dec. 6) on Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, CA. The singer-actor, along with R&B artist Kevin McCall, actor Brandon T. Jackson, and others donned all black clothing in a rally dubbed, 'Black Out Hollywood,' as they lobby for justice in the wake of several African Americans being killed by police officers.
"We're not here to call 9-1-1 to be murdered, we call 9-1-1 to protect us from being murdered," Tyrese tells the crowd. "It is hard for us to have faith in the system when there's so many secrets that they keep from us."
The rally is also protesting the killing of an alleged armed man by the LAPD the previous night. Tyrese adds, "Not just black lives, but all lives matter."
Tyrese also wrote an open letter on Instagram:
Today we made a statement – in this life it's not about ONLY taking a stand for the things that effect you directly – it's about taking a stand on behalf of "Humanity"…. I can't rest until things are different – today we marched a multi ethnic March on behalf of peace and integrity – if you don't stand for something you will for for anything – safety in our communities and the belief in the "system" needs to be restored – the power in numbers was displayed today/. As comfortable as one would assume I am – I am very uncomfortable cause I have a daughter and we ALL deserve to feel safe……. We don't call 911 to BE murdered we call them to protect us from being murdered- this need to change-
Kevin McCall also spoke and sang during the protest — watch the clips on his Instagram.
People all over the country continue to hold peaceful demonstrate following the death of Mike Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice and several other black men murdered by police officers, who all walked without indictments.