The 2020 Beatty awards were more poignant than ever in the wake of black lives matter protests and calls for racial justice.
They held the award show virtually due to the corona virus pandemic. But it was incredibly powerful nonetheless host Amanda seals did not hold back in her opening monologue taking America.
The task for their lack of action for the deaths of Brianna Taylor and George Floyd now folks always say all Amanda ever does is talk about race well listen.
“I would love to talk about regular everyday things but racism always beats me to it. For instance, candy who doesn’t like candy. But whenever I talk about skittles I remember Trayvon Martin. I can’t even dream of speaking about sleeping knowing Brianna Taylor’s killers have not been arrested”.
The Award and Black Americans
She said the award ceremony was a much-needed break for black Americans. “That’s precisely why we had to do the awards. Because we deserve a break and when I say we I mean all of us black folks watching the Neyland the gratuitous Kente cloth I take responsibility and say it to ourselves”.
Wow y’all goofy tonight kicked off with Public Enemy doing an updated rendition of fysop our joined by NAS Black Thought and Rhapsody.
John Legend gave an uplifting performance of his new song ‘never break’. Megan the stallion hit the desert for Mad Max like performance of her hot track girls in the hood.
Joe wasn’t a dry eye in the house from Alicia Keys carrying out her new single ‘the perfect way to die’. She wrote it in response to the deaths of Michael Brown and Sandra bland. But her performance honored many of the black people who have died while in police custody.
Performance by some incredible artists
Alicia played her piano in the street below a portrait of Sandra. Sandra was discovered dead days after being arrested. Her performance came to an end with a powerful statement taking a knee in the middle of the street. The street was full of names of lost black lives. The baby kicked off his Rockstar black lives matter song with rowdy rich by boldly reenacting the horrific death of George Floyd.
Luigi Lagoon let out a smoke and his brother sir was performing their song ‘let go’ which they wrote the day George Floyd lost his life. The pair danced in front of a burnt-out car with police and riot gear joining. He said, “I am here today to talk about the Queen”.
You know the one Michelle Obama seemed to get a tad emotional when presenting Beyonce with the BT humanitarian of the Year award. “So to my girl I just want to say you inspire me, you inspire all of us. Thank you so much for this beautiful honor”. Queen Beyonce gave a powerful acceptance speech dedicating Hill Award. To quote, “brothers and sisters out there inspiring me marching and fighting for change, your voices are heard”.
You’re proving to our ancestors that their struggles were not in vain. Now we have one more thing. We need to walk in our true power and that is to vote .’I’m encouraging you to continue to take action.