Protests in New York over Freddie Gray’s death in Baltimore

Freddy Gray, a young African American from Baltimore, died last week from serious injuries that he got while being transported in a police van.

There have been protest marches in Baltimore, some turning violent as rioters broke shop windows, attacked the police and burnt cars. Other members of the Baltimore community have called for peace.

Marches have now been led in memory of Freddie Gray, demanding justice, in other American cities.

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Grammy Awards tributes to “Black Lives Matter” Movement

At the Grammy Awards ceremony, several artists paid tribute to the “Black Lives Matter” movement, which honours the memory of young Black men who were killed in the past months or year. Here is a short mashup of these tributes :

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Pharrell Williams’s song “Happy”, which won three awards, was sung to a background of young Black men wearing hoodies, like 17-year-old Trayvon Martin who was killed as he was peacefully walking near his sister’s home after buying candy and soda. Trayvon’s killer was not convicted. A “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” demonstration was done during his performance. Williams thus payed homage to late 18-year old, unarmed Michael Brown who was shot by the police in August 2014.

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Beyonce sang the gospel song “Precious Lord Take My Hand” to a backing choir of Black men in white suits, their hands up in the same homage gesture.

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Prince made a statement, saying “albums matter, like books and Black lives matter”, refering to the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Pittsburg police chief takes stand against racism

Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay set off a battle with police unions when he posed with a sign that reads, ‘I resolve to challenge racism @ work #EndWhiteSilence.’ Some think this means policemen are racists. McLay says the sign is not against anyone, and that he was just showing support to anti-racism campaigners. After several black men were shot by police in 2014, McLay wants to show that no racism will be accepted within the police force.

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