Black celebs express anguish over latest shootings

By The Associated Press

A look at some of the black celebrity reaction to two police-related shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile:

“The assault on the black body in this country is as American as apple pie. It is time for a (hash)CallToAction. Let’s prove (hash)BlackLivesMatter.” — Nate Parker, actor and director of the upcoming “The Birth of a Nation” film.


“In the interest of time, would ye noble patriots please provide a list of infractions punishable by spontaneous public execution? Thanks! … Upon receipt of this list, we’ll return to our quarters and study up, eager to enjoy freedoms of white mass murders. (hash)LIFEHACK” — Actor Jesse Williams, on Twitter.


“This is what lynchings look like in 2016! Another murder in the streets because the color of a man’s skin, at the hands of the people who they say will protect us. When will they be held accountable? or did he fear for his life as he executed this man?” — San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, on Instagram.


“Don’t forget to set your clocks back 300 years tonight.” — A meme posted by Questlove of The Roots on Instagram.


“I can’t keep calm I have a black son.” — A meme posted by actress Niecy Nash.


“I would say good morning but it’s not. Bs like this keeps happening. This is sickening. When will it end?” — San Francisco 49ers player Torrey Smith.


“Yo man, something’s gotta give, bro, it just has to. … We’re getting killed every day. … This (expletive) is (expletive) horrible, and it needs to (expletive) stop.” — Singer Chris Brown, in an Instagram video.


“And now I come home to this??????? !!!YES!!!!! We all NEED to see this OVER and OVER … because it’s REAL…And it’s happening NOW!!!! I’m sad and sadly not shocked. The gig is up and we need to fix it!!! My prayers to this man’s family.” — “Empire” producer Lee Daniels, posting a video of the Alton Sterling killing.


“Ppl have the ability to be outraged about failing to see the humanity of a GORILLA, but magically don’t have the ability to see our worth.” — Actress Gabrielle Union, on Twitter.

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