Jesse Williams, John Legend, & More React To The Baltimore Riots On Social Media

Following the public funeral services for Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died from spinal injuries while in police custody, violent and nonviolent protests broke out in Baltimore on April 27.  The dramatic events caused Governor Larry Hogan to declare a state of emergency in the Maryland city, and graphic video clips and images from Baltimore have been on TV and online nonstop. Consequently, many people used social media platforms to voice their opinions, and several celebrities joined and started their own conversations. 

Actor and activist Jesse Williams (Grey's Anatomy), who has never been one to shy away from speaking up and out about race relations and police brutality, has been very vocal about the protests. He essentially wrote an essay summarizing the history of rioting, and also addressed the selective media coverage of the events. Similarly, hip-hop artist Talib Kweli had a lot to say on Monday night — focusing on understanding the exhaustion and rage felt by the young protestors, but also promoting peace and encouraging a less violent way to create change and appropriately abolish systemic problems. 

Jesse Williams 
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Talib Kweli
Meek Mill 

John Legend 
Other celebrities simply, yet effectively, shared sympathy and concern for Baltimore and its residents. 

Amandla Stenberg 
Kelly Rowland

Ice Cube 
Missy Elliott 

Cedric the Entertainer 


Kevin Hart


Zendaya


Trey Songz 

Other celebs took to Instagram to share their feelings. 


Rihanna

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Big Boi 

#Baltimore Protest #FreddieGray

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We expect the comments to keep coming as the protests continue. For more updates, follow our News & Politics section here.


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