*Tyrese Gibson is the most recent Hollywood voice to chime in on social and racial injustice, and the singer turned to Instagram recently to deliver a PSA to Hollywood’s powerful rappers.
His message included an image of Jay Z, Future, DJ Khaled and others on the set of DJ Khaled’s latest single, “I Got the Keys,” and read, “They scheduled a video….. I hope they’ve scheduled other meetings about the state of black men and WHAT we need to do to change the shit that’s going on……… ”
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According to TMZ, Tyrese’s post wasn’t intended to blast these rappers. Instead, the IG post was calling for all people of color to step up and come together — most especially powerful black males like Jay Z, who has the stage from which to deliver his influence voice in an attempt to inspire change in urban communities.
Gibson told TMZ that he plans on reaching out to Jigga to establish a game plan to “save black men from killing each other and winding up in jail.”
Check out his lengthy IG post below:
They scheduled a video….. I hope they’ve scheduled other meetings about the state of black men and WHAT we need to do to change the shit that’s going on……… I’m scared for our future I’m especially scared of the most powerful black men and influential black men of our generation NOT finding time to take what’s really going on more serious and align our minds and powers to directly affect change……. I pretty much know everyone IN this pic so this ain’t no sneak diss I don’t need the attention trust me I’m good……. We matter so we have to put our minds together and decide HOW we’re going to USE this God given stage of influence to directly affect change and create greater standards for our community…… We get killed faster, we go to jail longer, we are also killing each other – a tap on the hand for raw cocaine and 20 years for crack cocaine, they legalize marijuana then give you 6 years in jail when you’re caught with a certain amount…. Even if you’re licensed to carry – #carrying while #black will get you killed even when you’re asked to SHOW your license….. So yeah videos are nice and the first week of sales are nice… But it’s some real shit going on out here and it’s time to DO something…… If #ALLLIVESMATTER this shouldn’t just be about what what “we” as black people are dealing with… Show up for me…. This is when I need YOU the most…. Don’t be my friend at your convenience…. Don’t call me “off the record” to check up on me…… This is a human race issue right?? Show UP for me…… This is HOW you directly affect change… The power is in the presence and in the numbers….