Black lives celebrated and mourned at emotional BET Awards – Reuters

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(Reuters) – Black power, suffering and the fight for justice took center stage at the BET awards on Sunday, the first Black celebrity event in the United States since nationwide mass protests broke out this month over systemic racism.

FILE PHOTO: 50th NAACP Image Awards – Show – Los Angeles, California, U.S., March 30, 2019 – Beyonce reacts after winning the entertainer of the year award. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/File Photo

The show, which celebrates Black excellence in music, film, sports and philanthropy, was filled with speeches, songs, images of protests and the names of dozens of Black men and women who have died at the hands of police in recent years.

Beyonce, who was given a humanitarian award by former U.S. first lady Michelle Obama for her charitable initiatives, urged the Black community to use its vote in upcoming U.S. elections to dismantle “racist and unequal systems.”

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