In the wake of George Floyd’s death at the hands of a Minneapolis law-enforcement officer, protests broke out in at least 17 cities across the United States, and artists including Lil Yachty, J. Cole, Halsey, Nick Cannon and more took to the streets with protesters.

Yachty posted video of himself saying to fellow protesters, “I feel like we gotta stand for something or we’ll fall for anything, you know what I’m saying?” — but in his caption noted that “I am no different from the next man. Every voice matters and must be heard.” Nick Cannon posted a photo of himself in a crowd wearing a black hoodie bearing Floyd’s last words, “Please I Can’t Breathe.” “THEY GON HEAR US LOUD AND CLEAR!!!” he wrote. On Sunday morning, he posted a long message and spoken-word video that incorporated the protests, slavery and the coronavirus pandemic. Rapper J. Cole had not posted on social media at the time of this article’s publication, but local news outlets spotted him demonstrating.

Nick Cannon, Machine Gun Kelly & More Musicians Join Protests Over George Floyd’s Death


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