Peep Jay-Z’s Full Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Tribute Video, Featuring Blue Ivy Quoting Her Daddy’s Lyrics

The full tribute video that was played when Jay-Z was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has been released. And it features his daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, rapping some of his famous lyrics. Check it out inside….

Last month, Jay-Z was inducted into the prestigious Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and we told you a bevy of entertainers helped introduce him.

A star-studded line up of celebrities were featured in his introduction, which included cameos from his wife Beyoncé, his daughter Blue Ivy, President Barack Obama, Rihanna, LeBron James, Chris Rock, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Samuel L. Jackson, Pharrell Williams, Regina King, Lin-Manuel Miranda, John Legend, Common, Chris Rock, H.E.R., and Jamie Foxx. Also, comedian Dave Chappelle hit the stage during the event to give an intro to Hov…as if he really needed one.

We shared clips of the introduction video. Now, the video, produced by Questlove, has been posted in full after the ceremony aired on HBO over the weekend and it features his 9-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, quoting her dad’s famous lyrics.

"Congrats S. Carter, ghost writer. You paid the right price, so we just make your hits tighter," laughed Blue as she recited rhymes from her dad’s 1998 track, “Ride or Die.”

The clip also featured Halle Berry, Kevin Hart, Tracee Ellis Ross, DJ Khaled, Idris Elba, Alicia Keys, Usher, Rick Ross, Lupita Nyong’o, Queen Latifah, Tyler Perry, Kerry Washington, Questlove, Lena Waithe, Trevor Noah, Lenny Kravitz, Rashida Jones, David Letterman, Ed Sheeran, Chris Martin, and Aziz Ansari.

Watch How receive his flowers in its entirety below:

President Barack Obama appeared in a separate video where he shared how he used Jay-Z’s “Dirt Off Your Shoulder” lyrics on the campaign trail for his 2008 presidential bid.

"I’ve turned to Jay-Z’s words at different points in my life, whether I was brushing dirt off my shoulder on the campaign trail, or sampling his lyrics on the Edmund Pettus Bridge on the 50th anniversary of the Selma march to Montgomery," said POTUS.

Dave Chappelle also gave Hov his props during the ceremony.

"He is ours. He is Hip-Hop. Forever, and ever, and a day. I need everybody in rock and roll to know, that even though you are honoring him, he is ours,” Chappelle continued. “You embody Black excellence," he said.

 

Congrats again! 

 

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2021 Primetime EMMYs Red Carpet: Yara Shahidi, Taraji, Niecy Nash, Tracee & More

The 2021 Primetime EMMYs are underway! Go inside for a live update of everything and everyone you need to see on the red carpet inside….

The 73rd annual Primetime EMMY Awards are underway in Los Angeles – in a tented space – hosted by none other than comedian Cedric the Entertainer.

Tonight, it’s all about celebrating GREAT television. See how your TV faves hit the red carpet below:

"Empire" star Taraji P. Henson – who celebrated her 51st birthday earlier this month – serves up MAJOR glam in a sparkly, sheer Elie Saab gown with pockets and Sophia Webster heels. She’s slated to play the role of Miss Hannigan in NBC’s Annie Live! later this year.

"Grown-ish" star Yara Shahidi wears a vintage kelly green Dior Haute Couture gown paired with brown leather pointed toe pumps, serving up Old Hollywood glam. That’s two LEWKS in a week.

 

 
 

 

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"Claws" actress Niecy Nash is wearing a black Chiara Boni La Petite Robe gown, styled with Chanel jewels and pearls, also inspired by Old Hollywood glam. The 51-year-old actress (previously nominated for three EMMYs) looked bomb AF!

Multi-hyphenate star Michaela Coel turns heads in a neon yellow Christopher John Rogers ensemble for her first EMMYS. She was nominated for four awards this year. 

The actress, writer, producer and director has won her first Emmy – Outstanding Writing For A Limited Or Anthology Series Or Movie – for her critically acclaimed HBO series, “I May Destroy You."

"black-ish" actress Tracee Ellis Ross makes her way down the carpet in a shimmery red off-one-shoulder dress that was a combination of comfort and glam. She’s nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series as one of the producers of "black-ish."

"9-1-1" star and presenter Angela Bassett wears a statement-making gown by Greta Constantine paired with Christian Louboutin heels. Do we love it?!

"Little Fires Everywhere" star and presenter Kerry Washington glistens in silver corseted Etro gown and De Beers diamonds on the carpet before she paid tribute to late actor Michael K. Williams.

"Insecure" star and EMMY nominee Issa Rae wears custom AlietteNY and brings black culture to the carpet with a set of grills. 

She landed two EMMY nominations – Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series & Outstanding Variety Sketch Series – for her role in "A Black Lady Sketch Show".

RuPaul makes history yet again! He now holds the record for the most EMMYs won by a person of color after he won the Outstanding Competition Series honor for the fourth consecutive year for his show "RuPaul’s Drag Race."

Allyson Felix – the most decorated U.S. Olympic track athlete – gets dolled up in a cut-out Reem Acra gown and David Yurman jewels. She presented RuPaul with the history making EMMY.

"Lovecraft Country" star Jurnee Smollett looks like a lifesize doll in a beautiful Dior Haute Couture strapless gown, a piece from Maria Grazia Chiuri’s Fall 2020 collection, for her first EMMY nomination.

Entertainment Queen Debbie Allan was all smiles with her family on the carpet before she accepts the Governors Award.

Nominee Rosie Perez looks like a golden goddess when she hit the red carpet. She’s nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her work in "The Flight Attendant." She was previously nominated for the Outstanding Achievement in Choreography award in 1990, 1992 and 1993 for her work in "In Living Color."

Her husband Eric Haze joins her on the carpet.

"POSE" actor Billy Porter strikes a pose in Ashi. He’s nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his role on "POSE."


Host Cedric the Entertainer, in an interesting Rich Fresh suit, and wife Lorna Wells hit the carpet.

"POSE" star and nominee MJ (Michaela Jaé) Rodriguez strikes a pose (no pun intended) in a flowy Atelier Versace gown. MJ is up for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series making the 30-year-old the first transgender performer to receive a lead actress nod.

"The Handmaid’s Tale" actress Samira Wiley and her wife Lauren Morelli wear color coordinated ‘fits. The happy couple became moms to a baby girl (named George Elizabeth) earlier this year.

Cynthia Erivo dons blue and green feathers to add a pop of color to her white Louis Vuitton gown. She’s nominated for her first EMMY award for her role as Aretha Franklin in "Genius: Aretha."

Come through color! "Mrs. America" star & newlywed Uzo Aduba wears a Cristina Ottaviano dress and Brian Atwood shoes.

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The YBF actress recently revealed she married filmmaker Robert Sweeting in 2020. Congrats!

"Black Lady Sketch" star and EMMY nominee Robin Thede looks regal in a custom embroidered Jason Wu gown, styled by Wayman + Micah.

Braided up "Bachelorette" star Rachel Lindsay wears a strapless Christopher John Rogers gown for the EMMY festivities.

Nominee Kenan Thompson wins best dressed male for the night! He’s nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his NBC show "Kenan."

Nominee Nicole Byer floats on the red carpet in a purple Christian Siriano gown for her big night. 

Jazz musician Jon Batiste honors New Orleans at the EMMYs. His custom suit is made of images from the 2005 storm Hurricane Katrina. The images on his suit show aerial pictures of people sitting and laying on the top of roofs in the flooded city with spray-painted messages reading " The water is rising. Please help" and also names listed saying they are alive in the flooded homes.

Always debonair on a red carpet! Nominee Sterling K. Brown wins the award for Outstanding Narrator for his role in "Lincoln: Divided We Stand." He was also nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his role on "This Is Us." The upcoming sixth season will be the last one for the NBC series.

Carl Clemons Hopkins wears Christian Siriano, inspired by the non-binary flag, for the EMMYs Awards. Carl is nominated Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his role as Marcus Vaughan in "Hacks." Carl is the first openly non-binary person to ever be nominated for an EMMY.

TV Host and nominee Amber Ruffin was all smiles on the carpet. "The Amber Ruffin Show" is nominated for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series.

Actress Moses Ingram shows out in olive green for her first EMMY Awards. She is nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie for playing Jolene in "The Queen’s Gambit."

Access Hollywood’s Zuri Hall looks like a Black Barbie giving 70s soul in a silver Rani Zakhem Couture long sleeved jumpsuit with a plunging neckline and split legs.

Entertainment Tonight host Nischelle Turner brings a little color on the carpet alongside her colleague Kevin Frazier.

 

 
 

 

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Rocsi Diaz snaps it up in Haleia and YSL shoes.

E! correspondent Karamo makes a grand entrance with Rocsi:

 

 
 

 

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Watch what folks had to say about their looks below:

 

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R.I.P: Hollywood Mourns Great Actor & Friend Michael K. Williams, Death Being Investigated As A Possible Drug Overdose

Michael K. Williams – who rose to fame as Omar Little on the hit HBO series "The Wire" – was reportedly found dead inside of his Brooklyn apartment yesterday. He was 54.

Hollywood mourns the death of the actor/activist while police investigate his death as a possible drug overdose. The heartbreaking details inside…

On a day where people gather to celebrate with family and friend, people close to actor Michael K. Williams were hit with horrible news on Labor Day (yesterday).

Michael K. Williams – who played rose to fame as Omar Little in hit HBO series "The Wire" – was reportedly found dead inside of his home in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, the police said. He was 54.

Marianna Shafran – his longtime rep – confirmed his death in a statement, which said the family is grappling with "deep sorrow" at “this insurmountable loss.”

The famed actor – who also starred in "Boardwalk Empire" and "Lovecraft Country" – was found by a family member (reportedly his nephew) around 2pm, according to police. The New York City Police Department is now investigating his death as a possible drug overdose.

According to the New York Post, “Williams was found dead of a suspected heroin overdose” when he was found “with what appeared to be heroin on the kitchen table.” Authorities reportedly suspect Williams died of a fatal drug overdose. As a result of news of a possible overdose, “fentanyl” began trending on Twitter.

The city’s medical examiner will determine the cause.  TMZ just reported that cops are now in search of the drug dealer.

Our law enforcement sources say NYPD detectives are conducting an investigation into the origin of the narcotics cops found at the site of the actor’s death over the weekend … which we’re told are believed to be heroin-based.

The news of Michael K. Williams’ death comes on the heels of reports that comedian Fuquan Johnson died after an apparent overdose on drugs laced with fentanyl.

Not only was Michael an amazing actor, the EMMY nominated actor was also a powerful activist. It’s a title he was reluctant to accept.

“I’ve always struggled with that word in regards to my name, but today I’ve owned it,” he told a theater full of friends, colleagues, and supporters at the Whitby Hotel during the premiere of ‘Raised in the System,’ his documentary with Vice on HBO, in 2018.

MKW is currently nominated for an Emmy for his role in HBO’s "Lovecraft Country." A win at the September 19th ceremony would be his first in five nominations.

MKW grew up in East Flatbush at the Vanderveer Estates housing project, now known as Flatbush Gardens. He wanted to create a better future for the children growing up where he grew up, so he co-founded "We Build the Block."

"He loved the community, he loved Brooklyn, he loved New York," said his nephew Arvance Williams.

He even was just about finished with shooting season 2 of his compelling docuseires "Black Market" on VICE where he travels to different places – from Newark to South Africa – to delve into the dark side of what makes people do what they do.  Vice said the show would resume its mission “to investigate the complex factors that drive people into the often dangerous underground economies and illicit trade networks. Michael often offered up his own story of his battle with drug addiction as the backdrop to relating to the people he came in contact with on the show.

News of his death started to spread fast and his celeb friends were utterly shocked with the news.

Actor Wendell Pierce – Michael’s "The Wire" co-star – paid tribute to the actor in a heartfelt Twitter thread:

The depth of my love for this brother, can only be matched by the depth of my pain learning of his loss. A immensely talented man with the ability to give voice to the human condition portraying the lives of those whose humanity is seldom elevated until he sings their truth. pic.twitter.com/EvrESGSK8O

— Wendell Pierce (@WendellPierce) September 6, 2021

“The depth of my love for this brother, can only be matched by the depth of my pain learning of his loss,” Pierce wrote. “A immensely talented man with the ability to give voice to the human condition portraying the lives of those whose humanity is seldom elevated until he sings their truth.”

He was proud of the artist he had become, asking for my advice long after he had surpassed any incite I could have shared.Always truthful, never inauthentic. The kindest of persons. Like two mischievous kids, we would laugh & joke whenever we would meet. Like Baltimore years ago pic.twitter.com/d68eaSb8rL

— Wendell Pierce (@WendellPierce) September 6, 2021

So to you, my brother Mike, there is a small comfort that I know, you knew how much we loved you. pic.twitter.com/lr48rSwg0o

— Wendell Pierce (@WendellPierce) September 6, 2021

“There is a certain immortality involved in theater, not created by monuments and books, but through the knowledge an actor keeps to his dying day that on a certain afternoon, in an empty and dusty theater, he cast the shadow of a being that was not himself……. pic.twitter.com/wcuOb58cnu

— Wendell Pierce (@WendellPierce) September 6, 2021

From my heart, years ago. I said it then, and it must be said now…… pic.twitter.com/qD09DEprw3

— Wendell Pierce (@WendellPierce) September 7, 2021

Famed director Spike Lee paid tribute to MKW, sharing of photo of himself alongside the late actor cheering on the New York Knicks.

 

 
 

 

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“Whew Lawd, Dis Is A Tough Day-1st We Lose The Great French Actor JEAN PAUL BELMONDO And Now My Brother MICHAEL K. WILLIAMS,” Lee wrote. “Our Brother Passed Away Today In His Home,Da People’s Republic Of Brooklyn. I’m Shook. Drinking A Bottle Of Italian Red Wine-Brunello Di Montalcino By Myself. Our Greats Are Leaving Us Left And Right. GOD BLESS.”

Tributes for Michael from celebs like Ava DuVernay, Tasha Smith, Aldis Hodge, Niecy Nash, Kerry Washington and more started trickling in:

 

 
 

 

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So heartbroken. @BKBMG thank you for the beauty and joy you brought to the world. Sending love and prayers to your friends, family and everyone who adored you me included We adore you Sir. pic.twitter.com/R3ER7a8iTi

— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) September 6, 2021

Too gutted right now to say all that ought to be said. Michael was a fine man and a rare talent and on our journey together he always deserved the best words. And today those words won’t come.

— David Simon (@AoDespair) September 6, 2021

Michael K. Williams’ last IG post was a clip of fellow New Yorker Tracy Morgan where he passionately urged his friends and fans “Don’t cry for me” while talking about surviving a fatal limousine wreck in 2014.

 

 
 

 

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"I love you brother!!!," he captioned.

Chilling.

The death of Michael K. Williams is a huge loss to Hollywood. He was incredibly talented and he brought every character he played to life as if he was actually the person/character he was portraying. His talent, honesty and transparency will be missed, but most of all, his kind spirit and awesome personality will be missed by his family, friends and fans.

REST IN POWER!

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‘Little Fires Everywhere’ Star Lexi Underwood Cast As Malia Obama In ‘The First Lady’

“Little Fires Everywhere” star Lexi Underwood just nabbed a gig of a lifetime. She’ll be starring as Malia Obama in an upcoming anthology series titled, “The Frist Lady.” More inside…

More Obamas? Yes, please!

SHOWTIME has a new anthology series about former First Ladies of the United States. And Malia Obama has been casted!

”Little Fires Everywhere” star Lexi Underwood – who plays Kerry Washington’s on-screen daughter – has been chosen to play First Daughter Malia Obama. She’ll star opposite Oscar winner Viola Davis, who will portray Forever FLOTUS Michelle Obama, and British actor O.T. Fagbenle, who will star as Forever POTUS Barack Obama.

Lexi’s role as the eldest Obama daughter is described as "open minded and intelligent," someone who "pushes her parents to make socially conscious decisions."

”Sitting in so much gratitude,” Lexi wrote on Instagram. “@michelleobama you and the entire Obama family are the epitome of excellence and will forever be my First Family. Malia, I am humbled and honored to tell your story. Thank you @violadavis @showtime & my phenomenal team @creativeartistsagency, Untitled Entertainment, & @independentpublicrelations for making my dreams come true ! I can’t believe I get to work with so many incredible humans”

Aww! She also expressed her gratitude on Twitter: 

 

Sitting in so much gratitude. @MichelleObama you and the entire Obama family are the epitome of excellence. Malia, I am humbled and honored to tell your story. https://t.co/ke1CoiwYSV

— Lexi Underwood (@LexiCUnderwood) March 10, 2021

 

By the way, Viola Davis will also serve as an executive producer for the series along her husband Julius Tennon and Andrew Wang of JuVee Productions. Bird Box director Susanne Bier has been tapped to direct and she’s also an executive producer. “The First Lady” is written and executive produced by Aaron Cooley. 

We’ll keep you posted when the series is set to premiere.

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Jay-Z, Rihanna & More Write Letter DEMANDING Justice For Black College Student Gunned Down By White Police Officer

Celebs are joining forces to demand justice for a black college student who was fatally shot by a white police officer 10 years ago. Deets inside…

 

Celebrities are stepping up and using their platforms for the greater good.

A group of A-listers joined forces to demand justice for unarmed black Pace University junior – Danroy “DJ” Henry – who was fatally shot by a white Westchester cop in 2010.

Celebs like Rihanna, Jay-Z, Kerry Washington, Gabrielle Union, Mary J. Blige, Taraji Henson, Pharrell Williams, Odell Beckham Jr., Michael K. Williams, and Charlize Theron signed a letter sent to US Attorney General William Barr, urging him to reopen the case of Danroy “DJ” Henry’s slaying and probe possible police misconduct.

”This agonizing case remains an unhealed wound for the Henry family and the people of New York," the letter reads. "DJ, a young Black youth with a bright future ahead of him, was killed for no apparent reason inside his own vehicle."

"The facts of the case reek of local conflict of interest, racial bias and even false testimony," it continued. "But like so many other unarmed and innocent young, black men who find themselves guilty of being at the wrong time, DJ, too, lost his life for no good reason and with absolutely no good explanation — to this very day. Justice, it appears, has been denied."

 

I am so happy that #DJHenry will possibly get the Justice that he deserves. Such a wonderful young man, that was dishonored in death by the cover-up by Police in Westchester County. #SayHisName pic.twitter.com/ma9CNRAeQL

— What the World Needs Now is Love (@Thisizhowwedoit) July 15, 2020

 

The letter asks the Justice Department to reevaluate “whether a pattern of discrimination” led to DJ’s killing.

“If it did — deliver the justice that restores this young man’s name and reputation, while giving hope to other young black men who are just like him and desperate for change,” the letter states.

DJ’s father, Danroy Henry Sr., told Page Six that the family was grateful for the support in demanding justice for his son.

"We appreciate that they’re leaning into the moment and that they’re willing to stand behind us on this really important matter," he said.

DJ – who was a 20year-old college football player – was gunned down by a white police officer. The officer claims DJ tried to run him over with his vehicle and he was forced to shoot him.

PEOPLE reports:

On Oct. 17, 2010, DJ, a 20-year-old college football player, had been out celebrating at a sports bar with his teammates when a group of patrons got into a fight, CBS News reported.

Police responded to the scene and said that DJ was parked in a fire lane in front of Finnegan’s Grill. When he was asked to move, officer Aaron Hess claimed DJ sped toward him, hitting him and propelling him on the hood of the car, which forced Hess to shoot at DJ.

In a deposition, Hess maintained that he thought his life was in danger when he decided to shoot into the car, and that race was not a factor because he couldn’t see through the windshield.

However, new evidence reportedly finds a statement from officer Ronald Beckley where he reveals he had fired at Hess because he was the aggressor in the situation.

"I was shooting at a person that I thought was the aggressor and was inflicting deadly physical force on another," Beckley told Michael Sussman, who deposed him as part of a civil suit filed by the Henry family against Hess and the Village of Pleasantville, per Patch.

According to the deposition obtained by Patch, Beckley also revealed in his deposition that Hess was "mounting" the car rather than being hit by the car as he was shooting, saying he saw "a dark figure in front of that vehicle mounting that vehicle."

DJ’s father said Officer Hess’ account of what went down was “clearly” meant to “villainize our son.” He said they sent their son off to college to play football and he never came home. So sad.

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DJ’s friend Brandon Cox, who was in the car with him at the time, said that DJ did what the officer asked him to do before the police shot him. He said Officer Hess started shooting at them unprovoked.

"He started to make a forward motion to move forward. That’s when DJ starts to pull away. He just pulled off slowly," Cox recalled. "Where we were parked there was like there was a curve in the roadway. As we come around that curve, I can see somebody running from in between those two cars with their gun raised."

That’s when Hess reportedly climbed on the hood of the car and began shooting.

DJ’s family has filed a civil lawsuit against Officer Hess and another officer, who allegedly pulled DJ from his car, handcuffed him and left him on the ground to bleed to death. In 2011, a grand jury decided NOT to indict him and in 2015 the US Attorney’s Office also decided NOT to file federal charges against him.

DJ’s family plan to go before Congress to advocate for new legislature that will hold police more accountable for their deadly actions.

 

 

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Teen BLM Activist Oluwatoyin ‘Toyin’ Salau Found DEAD Days After She Was Reported Missing + She Tweeted About Being Sexually Assaulted Days Before

In very tragic news, Black Lives Matter activist Oluwatoyin ‘Toyin’ Salau was reportedly found dead after she was reported missing days earlier. The 19-year-old’s death comes just days after she tweeted about being sexually assaulted days before. Details inside…

It just keeps getting worse.

19-year-old Oluwatoyin ‘Toyin’ Salau was a very vocal protester for the Black Lives Matter movement. Sadly, her life was cut extremely short. Toyin’s family and the police confirmed her death this morning.

According to reports, the young activist’s body was found Saturday night after she was reported missing more than a week ago, on June 6th. Toyin was found miles from where she was last seen at a library. She was one of two homicide victims Saturday night.

 

I just found out it was a double homicide. He killed Toyin and Victoria Sims, 75yr old retired state worker, well known volunteer and she worked in local Democratic politics. She volunteered for a decade. It’s still developing but I’m assuming she must’ve come to help Toyin. https://t.co/hIhicfFrzz pic.twitter.com/M7Bwnyisgl

— Your favorite tired historian (@lei239) June 15, 2020

 

The other homicide victim was a 75-year-old white woman named Victoria “Vicki” Sims, who had also been reported missing. She was a retired state worker and grandmother well-known for her volunteerism and work in local Democratic politics.

 

Thankfully, police have a suspect behind bars. 49-year-old Aaron Glee Jr. (above) was arrested for the double homicide. As of now, investigators have not released a motive or any other details about the murders.

“There is no justice that can be served that will replace my sister’s life,” Toyin’s brother, Oluwaseyi Salau said.

USA Today reports:

The last time Danaya Hemphill saw her friend was the day before she went missing. They were at a Friday afternoon protest.

"We were all together one minute and the next minute our friend was gone," Hemphill said.

Hemphill felt a heavy unease in the days after her friend was reported missing.

"I had a feeling that we were not going to find Toyin alive," said Hemphill, 22.

It’s reported Aaron had been arrested on May 30th and was charged with aggravated battery causing bodily harm. A police officer reportedly spotted him kicking a woman in the stomach after she turned down his sexual advances. She said Aaron offered sexual favors in exchange for two bottles of liquor, but then she changed her mind. That’s when he assaulted her. He released on a $2,500 bond on June 1st.

Days before she was found dead, Toyin tweeted about being sexually assaulted by a man who posed as a church member. She detailed how he ended up taking her to home and raped her in a series of tweets. Peep the tweets below:

It’s unclear if the suspect was the man who raped her days prior. Police are still investigating.  What is clear is that she posted these tweets while her abuser was on the loose.

 

A tragic reminder that any revolution is incomplete unless it targets patriarchy. Oluwatoyin Toyin Salau, 19, was active in the uprising vs systemic anti-Blackness & police brutality.She has been found dead after tweeting she’d been sexually assaulted #JusticeForToyin #SayHerName https://t.co/9CVaU4l6m8

— Mona Eltahawy (@monaeltahawy) June 15, 2020

 

It’s also said Toyin escaped her home with her family because she was being sexually abused there as well.

 

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— Bricarterrr (@Brii_carterr) June 15, 2020

 

Today, Lively Tech, where Toyin was enrolled in the cosmetology program, posted a message that paid tribute to her:

The Lively Technical College family is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Oluwatoyin "Toyin" Salau. Toyin was in…

Posted by Lively Tech on Monday, June 15, 2020

 

Singers Chloe x Halle also remembered her on social media:

 

rest in power queen such a beauty… gone too soon pic.twitter.com/B0SVOXNKln

— chloe x halle (@chloexhalle) June 15, 2020

 

 

rest in power oluwatoyin salau
BLACK WOMEN DESERVE SO MUCH MORE. SHOW UP, FIGHT FOR, AND PROTECT ALL BLACK WOMEN WHILE THEY ARE STILL HERE!!! #SayHerName pic.twitter.com/azdIfxOgpG

— girl w tha butter coochie (@monetbadue) June 15, 2020

 

Actress Kerry Washington reacted to her death:

 

This is heartbreaking. Toyin, I am praying for you. I am praying for your family. I will continue to say your name and bring #JusticeForToyin #SayHerName pic.twitter.com/BdeJnCirgb

— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) June 15, 2020

 

Below are a few reactions to Toyin’s death on Twitter:

 

The system failed Toyin. She deserved help and protection from those around her and from law enforcement but they failed to act. Justice means systemic justice, not simply sentencing the person who did this. Protection within the system That’s what we need. Systemic change.

— mani (@melanatedmomma) June 15, 2020

 

She sent me this when she graduated cause her brother had just became a photographer… if you know her fr you know what she’s been through and for her to still support him showed she had no hate in her heart and only wanted peace and love. I love you Toyin. pic.twitter.com/bp19PAhi70

— Señorita Kitty (@chynnaszn) June 15, 2020

 

The man arrested for Toyin’s murder was arrested for the assault of a woman just in May.

The fact a man can have a history of abuse against women & still be roaming free just goes to show there’s clearly something wrong w/ the system. & then people wonder why we don’t report.

— Bria Celest (@55mmbae) June 15, 2020

 

RIP Toyin. Say her name. Her Full name. Oluwatoyin Salau which means God is worthy to be praised. She fought for a change and they didn’t protect her. Rest in Power Queen https://t.co/StXtg5RmfC

— Wale (@waleonetime) June 15, 2020

 

something a lot of people need to realize is even though Toyin wasnt a victim of police brutality, even though she wasn’t killed by an officer, the system failed her. the same one that’s set up to fail every single black person. the system that fails to respond when we need help

— tamia (@blonded001) June 15, 2020

 

A tragic reminder that any revolution is incomplete unless it targets patriarchy. Oluwatoyin Toyin Salau, 19, was active in the uprising vs systemic anti-Blackness & police brutality.She has been found dead after tweeting she’d been sexually assaulted #JusticeForToyin #SayHerName https://t.co/9CVaU4l6m8

— Mona Eltahawy (@monaeltahawy) June 15, 2020

So tragic. The system really failed this young, black woman. THIS is why we say BLACK LIVES MATTER. 

Photo: Toyin’s Twitter/Leon County Sheriff’s Office

Beyoncé Did Her Own Glam For Global Citizens PSA, Soothes Our Souls With Her Vocals + Blue Ivy Schools Us On Washing Our Hands

Beyoncé sends a message to essential workers, praising them for their efforts. Joining in on the #DisneyFamilySingalong hashtag, Bey also flexes her vocals for the healthcare workers. Meanwhile, Blue Ivy is schooling us on the importance of washing our hands during this pandemic. Everything inside…

The Queen has spoken.

Beyoncé teamed up with Global Citizen and tons of celebs to help raise money and say thanks to all of the heroes on the front lines battling the COVID-19 outbreak. During Global Citizen’s “One World: Together At Home” special, the LEMONADE singer celebrated all of the essential workers who are risking their lives for the safety of us all.

And our good sis did her own hair and makeup, according to her longtime hair stylist Neal Farinah:

 

 
 

 

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STILL slayed.

In the clip, Bey spoke about staying positive, being patient, and honored everyone who’s making a difference during these trying times.

"Tonight we celebrate true heroes, those who are making the ultimate sacrifice to keep us all safe, fed, and healthy," Beyoncé said in a taped video message. "To the doctors, the nurses, and other health care workers who are away from their families, taking care of ours, we continue to pray for your safety. To those in the food industry, delivery workers, mail carriers and sanitation employees who are working so that we can be safe in our homes, thank you for your selfless service."

The Grammy Award winning singer also highlighted how the deadly virus is disproportionately attacking the Black community.

"Black Americans disproportionately belong to these essential parts of the workforce that do not have the luxury of working from home. And African American communities at large have been severely affected in this crisis. Those with preexisting conditions are at an even higher risk," she continued. "This virus is killing black people at an alarmingly high rate here in America. A recent report from my home city of Houston, Texas, it showed that COVID-19 deaths within Houston city limits, 57% of fatal cases are African American."

She closed her message with positivity and encouraging words:

"I know it’s very hard, but please be patient, stay encouraged, keep the faith, stay positive, and continue to pray for our heroes. Good night, and God bless you."

Peep the video below:

 

Beyoncé shares a message to all essential workers. #TogetherAtHome #GlobalCitizens pic.twitter.com/1d4QqOG9bZ

— PopPulse (@PopPulseSA) April 19, 2020

 

The historic eight-hour globally promoted special garnered unprecedented worldwide distribution, reaching billions. Other artists/public figures who participated included Michelle Obama, Jennifer Hudson, Usher, Common, Pharrell Williams, Tyler Perry, Lizzo, Oprah, Gayle King, Stevie Wonder, Kerry Washington, LL Cool J, Alicia Keys, John Legend, and tons more. You can watch it below:

 

 

We’re LIVE! Tune in to One World: #TogetherAtHome for performances from some of the world’s biggest artists, stories from front line workers, and insights from health experts. It’s all in support of the @WHO’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. Watch now: https://t.co/Yu68OWPvHG

— Global Citizen (@GlblCtzn) April 18, 2020

 

A few days ago…

 

LISTEN: Beyonce performs "When You Wish Upon a Star" and dedicates the song to health care workers.

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— Austin Kellerman (@AustinKellerman) April 17, 2020

 

Joining in on the #DisneyFamilySingalong hashtag, the LION KING star serenaded us with "When You Wish Upon a Star." She dedicated her performance to all of the health care workers. And it soothed out souls as well.

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Blue Ivy – who is SO well spoken – shared a science experiment while explaining the importance of washing your hands during this pandemic. She makes us SO proud! Watch the clip above. 

Stay safe, everyone! 

Photo: CBS Screenshot