Beyoncé made a statement about the Black Lives Matter movement at the MTV Video Music Awards before she even picked up the mic.
Queen Bey brought the mothers of Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Oscar Grant and Mike Brown to the show Sunday night at Madison Square Garden. Their sons were killed in racially-charged incidents.
The four women — Wanda Johnson, mother of Oscar Grant; Gwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner; Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin; and Lesley McSpadden, mother of Michael Brown Jr. posed with the songstress ahead of the show. All women except Grant appeared in the star’s visual album “Lemonade.” In it, they hold up photos of their slain sons.
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The mothers recently united at the Democratic National Conventional in Philadelphia to share their tragic stories on life after losing a child as a result of police brutality or race-related violence.
It’s certainly not the first time Beyoncé has used her powerful platform to make a political statement. She released “Formation” shortly before the Super Bowl addressing police brutality in the video which showed officers raising their hands up as if they were under arrest in one scene.
And in 2013, Beyoncé and her husband, Jay Z, appeared at a “Justice for Trayvon Martin” vigil in Manhattan. Martin’s death sparked the Black Lives Matter movement in 2012 after the black teen was shot dead at age 17 by George Zimmerman, the watch guard for the gated community Martin was staying in. Zimmerman was found not guilty of murder.