The tension between America’s police force and the Black community continues to grow as we all come to terms with the disproportionate number of Black men dying at the hands of police.
In an effort to lessen the strain, several Radio One stations, including Hot 107.9, Majic 107.5, Praise 102.5, and Boom 97.5/102.9 hosted a Town Hall meeting with the Atlanta Police Department on Tuesday.
The panel was moderated by radio and TV personality Rickey Smiley and included APD Assistant Chief Shawn Jones, Tyrese, Young Jeezy, David Banner, Lyfe Jennings, Dr. Bernice King, and more influential members of the community. Those who attended focused on the local and state legislature and how our communities could come together to better serve our generation in the face of tragedy.
While speaking, Tyrese told the crowd: “If All Lives Matter, we need you to show up when it matters most.”
It was good to see the APD cares about building a rapport with young Black people, especially men. See what they had to say in the clip above.
Celebrities React To The Shooting Death Of Alton Sterling By Police
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1. The world is outraged after a video surfaced on Tuesday night of a Baton Rouge, Louisiana police officer shooting and killing an unarmed Black man who was selling CDs outside of a Food Mart. Sterling was shot multiple times in the chest and back and died immediately.
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2. Zendaya was one of the first celebs to react on social media.
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3. Diggy Simmons shared his feelings on Twitter.
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4. Wiz Khalifa has a message for the people.
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5. NBA star John Wall simply tweeted Sterling's name.
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6. D.L Hughley spoke out on cops wearing body cams.
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7. Justin Timberlake pleaded for the killings to stop
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9. Iggy Azalea tweeted for justice
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10. Nick Jonas shared his thoughts
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11. Amandla Stenberg spoke on the importance of Jesse William's BET Awards speech.
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12. Activist Deray Mckesson shared his disbelief.
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13. Samira Wiley wants the media to "Say His Name."
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14. Karrueche shared her condolences.
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15. Amy Schumer sent her love.
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16. NBA star Jeremy Lin expressed his frustration.
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17. Angie Martinez expressed her shock.
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18. Bernie Sanders suggests a solution
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19. Tyler James Williams shared his thoughts
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20. Busta Rhymes vented on Instagram.
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