Jay-Z called up Minnesota Governor Tim Walz to demand justice for George Floyd. Following their conversation, Gov. Walz announced attorney general Keith Ellison (a black man) will now take over the case. Also, CNN’s Don Lemon called out Oprah, Drake, Tyler Perry & more to take action amid the nationwide protests. Everything inside…
Jay-Z is using his resources and platform to make change.
Yesterday, the Hip Hop mogul had a phone conversation with Minnesota Governor Tim Walz to demand justice for the killing of George Floyd, the Minneapolis man the world watch die in a viral video where a white police officer – Derek Chauvin – kneeled down on his neck. New video showed at least three officers had their body weight pressed on George’s back as he laid face down on the ground while in handcuffs.
Posting memes and bringing awareness to the issue are great, however, actually using your resources to make change is even better.
Hov called up Gov. Walz after getting his number from CNN reporter/ REFORM Alliance CEO Van Jones. He wanted to talk to the Governor to share how he felt about the George Floyd killing and how justice could be served.
“It was so incredibly human,” Walz said about their coversation during a press conference yesterday. “It wasn’t Jay-Z, international celebrity. It was a dad and, I think quite honestly, a black man whose visceral pain of this that he knew.”

“His words to me, I want them to be confidential, but to summarize what it was: ‘Justice needs to be served, here. Justice needs to be served,” he continued. “He said he feels the compassion and the humanity of these folks who are speaking. He knows that the world is watching. How Minnesota handles this is going to have an impact across the country, and I think that’s what his impressions were.”

You can check it out below at the 43:40-minute mark:

Following their conversation, Gov. Walz appointed Attorney General Keith Ellison to take over the George Floyd case. As of now, only one (former) Minneapolis police officer has been brought up on charges. Former officer Derek Chauvin was charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, both felonies. The other three former police officers – Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng – were fired like Derek, but have NOT been brought up on charges.
 
Thank you, Governor. https://t.co/saIgpXxXKt
— Attorney General Keith Ellison (@AGEllison) June 1, 2020
 
Sunday evening, Hov released a statement via Roc Nation about his conversation with Gov. Walz, thanking him for appointing Keith Ellison to the case.
 
[email protected] #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd pic.twitter.com/lkM2NdrIZF
— Roc Nation (@RocNation) June 1, 2020
 
“After our very earnest conversation, thank you to Governor Walz for doing what’s right and calling in Attorney General Keith Ellison to take over the George Floyd case,” he wrote.

The dad-of-three then opened up about his feelings on the killing of George Floyd.
“Earlier today, Governor Walz mentioned having a human conversation with me — a dad and a black man in pain. YES, I am human, a father and a black man in pain and I am not the only one. Now I, along with an entire country in pain, call upon AG Ellison to do the right thing and prosecute all those responsible for the murder of George Floyd to the fullest extent of the law. This is just a first step. I am more determined to fight for justice than any fight my would-be oppressors may have.”

Jay-Z then made a call to action for everyone to DO THE RIGHT THING.
“I prevail on every politician, prosecutor and officer in the country to have the courage to do what is right,” he concluded. “Have the courage to look at us as humans, dads, brothers, sisters and mothers in pain and look at yourselves.”

Last Friday, Jay-Z’s wife, Beyoncé, posted a video on Instagram demanding justice in the wake of George’s death. Check it out https://theybf.com/2020/05/30/beyonc%C3%A9-speaks-up-after-derek-chauvin… “>HERE.
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Several celebs have hit the streets in Minneapolis – like Nick Cannon & Porsha Williams – to protest with the people demanding justice for George Floyd. However, some celebrities aren’t doing enough…at least not for CNN’s Don Lemon.
During his segment yesterday, Don called out A-list celebs like Oprah, Tyler Perry, Drake, Tracee Ellis Ross, Anthony Anderson, Diddy, Jane Fonda and Ellen DeGeneres to take MORE action. With footage of protests playing on a split screen, Don called out “movie stars” who declined to speak on his show. He blamed their absence on them being too concerned about tarnishing their brand.
“A lot of people I ask to come on this show, to talk about this, [such as] wealthy celebrities, wealthy political people, [say], ‘I can’t do it. I’m mad. I don’t want people to see me mad. It might hurt my business. Or, I’m so upset that I had to go to my country house and I just can’t do it,’” Don said. “Where are you? Why aren’t you fighting for these young people? If you don’t do it now, when are you going to do it? If you are a millionaire or a gazillionare or a movie star or a politician and you don’t step up now, when the hell are you going to do it? STOP making excuses! Step up people. Step up Black Hollywood.”

The CNN anchor then began to name drop:
https://theybf.com/2020/05/30/beyonc%C3%A9-speaks-up-after-derek-chauvin… “>”Beyoncé released a message, you can’t?,” he asked.
“By me calling out your name, it doesn’t mean I’m calling you out. It means I love you, Ellen [DeGeneres]. It means I love you, Oprah,” he said, adding “I know they give millions of dollars to charity every year.”

“I want to see you Tracee Ellis Ross. I want to see you Tyler Perry. I want to see you Drake,” he continued. “I want to see you my friend, Anthony Anderson. I love you … I want to see Diddy out there. I want to see you Jane Fonda, who I love and respect.”

Peep the segment above.
Ellen DeGeneres is now taking action with her coins: 

 

 
 

 

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Oprah and “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King hosted a Voom meeting and discussed George Floyd’s death. This was posted before Don’s CNN segment:

 

 
 

 

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Today for Week 3 of #YourLifeInFocus with @ww, the plan was to discuss adapting. How can we adapt to this pandemic we’re living in—or any crisis that shows up in our lives? But this week, the nation is in a state of rightful unrest after we witnessed the murder of George Floyd right in front of our eyes. Now, the question is: How do we adapt and evolve in this time of social injustice? Thank you to @gayleking and @jayshetty for joining me today. Check out our entire conversation on my FB page. #OprahandWW
A post shared by Oprah (@oprah) on May 30, 2020 at 12:58pm PDT

 
Drake posted a poem for George Floyd on his IG, but no mention of the protests:

 

 
 

 

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Rest in heaven George Floyd
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Tyler Perry posted video clips about the protests and asked people to stop looting (before Don’s segment):

 

 
 

 

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I’m not in Atlanta, but if I were I would have been standing with our Mayor! But there was nothing I could say better than what Mayor @keishabottoms said last night! Please, please stop this violence!! Looting is NOT THE ANSWER!!!! And listen to me, be careful where you are getting your information to JOIN protests!! There are people and other countries who are posting things pretending to be US, pretending to stand for peaceful protest, but they are trying to incite us into violence and chaos to try and do more harm!! Do not fall for this foolishness!!! Please stop the violence!
A post shared by Tyler Perry (@tylerperry) on May 30, 2020 at 7:14am PDT

 

 
 

 

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This is what I was trying to warn you about in my last post!! Don’t be fooled. THIS IS WHAT’S HAPPENING!!
A post shared by Tyler Perry (@tylerperry) on May 31, 2020 at 7:16am PDT

 
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