Janelle Monae presents an award on the BET Awards on June 26, 2022, in Los Angeles. | AP Photograph/Chris Pizzello
LOS ANGELES — Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monae and Jazmine Sullivan have been a few of the massive stars utilizing the BET Awards stage to strongly criticize the Supreme Courtroom’s current determination to strip away girls’s constitutional safety for abortion.
Henson took the stage because the present’s host on Sunday with an uplifting message about “Black excellence” earlier than she launched into the courtroom’s overturning of the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling final week. The actor took the stage after Lizzo opened the present performing her single “About Rattling Time.”
“It’s about rattling time we speak about the truth that weapons have extra rights than a lady. It’s a tragic day in America,” stated Henson, thanking Lizzo who together with Reside Nation not too long ago donated $1 million in tour proceeds to Deliberate Parenthood.
“A weapon that may take lives has extra energy than a lady that can provide life — if she chooses to.”
Janelle Monae held up her center finger towards the Supreme Courtroom earlier than she launched nominees for greatest feminine R&B/pop artist. Her speech earned a standing applause on the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
“These artists are making artwork on our personal phrases, proudly owning our truths and expressing ourselves freely and unapologetically in a world that tries to regulate and police our our bodies, my physique and our selections, my physique,” stated the singer, who additionally paid homage to the LGBTQ+ group. “(express) you Supreme Courtroom. I do know we’re celebrating us proper now as we should always. We completely need to have fun — particularly now we should always have fun our artwork by defending our proper and our truths.”
Afterward, Monae launched Sullivan because the class’s winner; she made a plea to males for his or her help of girls.
“It’s a tough time for us,” Sullivan stated. “I need to converse on to the boys: We want y’all. We want y’all to face up, rise up for us, rise up with us. In the event you’ve ever benefitted from a lady making one of many hardest selections of her life, which is to terminate a being pregnant, it’s worthwhile to be standing. This isn’t only a girl difficulty. That is everyone’s difficulty. We want your help greater than ever.”