Fight The Power: T.I., Big K.R.I.T. and Lecrae Tackle Social Injustices During 2016 BET Hip-Hop Awards

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Honestly, I missed the 2016 BET Hip-Hop Awards when it first aired on Tuesday night. It wasn’t until a video of Big K.R.I.T’s performance came across my timeline did I even remember the show was scheduled to air this week. The POWERFUL and politically charged, “Might Not Be Okay” captured the essence of the steadily the rising tension surrounding race relations and police brutality in America.

Along with performances by T.I. and a spoken word peace delivered by LECRAE and comments made by SWAY it was as if a state of the union address was being delivered. T.I. with his performance of “We Will Not” was an ode to the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the Black Panther party, dressed in all black with a beret and portraying real-life circumstances with protestors holding signs that read “Black Lives Matter” and “No justice, no peace” falling off one by one as police officers tapped them on their shoulders.

Standing ovations and fists thrusted in the air as each  moving performance did more than just entertain, but spread social messages.

If like me you missed the show or you’d just like to see them again, watch them below:

T.I. “I Will Not”

DJ Khaled & Betty Wright – “Holy Key”

Desiigner – “Timmy Turner”

Lecrae – Spoken Word Performance

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