Celebs Such as Beyoncé Speak Out on The Recent Deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile

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Tragedy struck when two black males were killed by law enforcement all within one week. This has caught not only the attention of the African American community but many celebrities as well.

Yesterday, Beyoncé penned an open letter which was posted on her website. The letter was a call to action in response to the abundance of violence that has taken place within the last few days. With the recent murders of both Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, this is an issue that can not be ignored.

The pop icon took to her website saying:

"We are sick and tired of the killings of young men and women in our communities. It is up to us to take a stand and demand that they 'stop killing.' We don't need sympathy. We need everyone to respect our lives. We're going to stand up as a community and fight against anyone who believes that murder or any violent action by those who are sworn to protect us should consistently go unpunished.”

"These robberies of lives make us feel helpless and hopeless but we have to believe that we are fighting for the rights of the next generation for the next young men and women who believe in good. This is a human fight. No matter your race, gender or sexual orientation. This is a fight for anyone who feels marginalized, who is struggling for freedom and human rights. This is not a plea to all police officers but towards any human being who fails to value life.

"The war on people of color and all minorities needs to be over. Fear is not an excuse. Hate will not win. We all have the power to channel our anger and frustration into action. We must use our voices to contact the politicians and legislators in our districts and demand social and judicial changes. While we pray for the families of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, we will also pray for an end to this plague of injustice in our communities."

The Formation singer who is traveling on her world Formation tour paused in between her concert in Glasgow to take a moment of silence to recognize those who have lost their lives to police brutality. Projected on a large screen names included Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray, and countless others.

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Queen Bey wasn’t the only one to express herself. Many celebs took to their social media accounts to discuss their thoughts and opinions about the situation at hand. Singer Becky G upset many of her followers when she tweeted: "My heart hurts. All lives matter," the Shower singer tweeted. She then went on to tweet,"There is a reason I didn't use the hashtag. All I'm saying is that everyone deserves to live. No one's life should be taken away."

After receiving backlash, the star deleted both tweets and tweeted "My prayers go out to the family and loved ones of #AltonSterling we are with you." Though Becky tried to clean up her tweet, her followers still continued to ask why she deleted the tweets in the first place.

Maya Moore
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