Last week, John Boyega made a powerful and impassioned speech in Hyde Park, saying that he may be ruining his career but he doesn’t care because “black lives have always mattered“.
It’s remarkable that these protests are necessary at all, but the sad truth is that they are. Another man who is more than aware of this – and has made his thoughts on the matter abundantly clear before – is UK grime artist Stormzy.
The 26-year-old musical artist joined the crowds of protesters in Parliament Square yesterday on the 7th of June, where he liaised with other people supporting the movement.
Fitness trainer Armz Korleone was there with Stormzy, as told Metro that he was just there to ‘peacefully support a positive movement’.
Despite the general vibe that it was in fact Stormzy at the protests, many people seemed to think that it was actually just a guy who looked a bit like the rapper.
One tweet contested this, saying:
“This actually was Stormzy however! Just bad angles! He was protesting beside my friends and I for like 20 minutes and he spoke to us about the protests n speeches, though whenever people asked he would refuse selfies. Exact same gold/silver tooth and exact same voice“.
Meanwhile, at a protests in Hyde Park, Star Wars actor John Boyega made a speech, saying:
“Black lives have always mattered.
“We have always been important. We have always meant something.
“We have always succeeded regardless. And now is the time. I ain’t waiting.
“We are a physical representation of our support for George Floyd. We are a physical representation of our support for Sandra Bland. We are a physical representation of our support for Trayvon Martin. We are a physical representation of our support for Stephen Lawrence.
“Look, I don’t know if I’m going to have a career after this, but f*ck that.
“Today is about innocent people who were halfway through their process. We don’t know what George Floyd could have achieved, we don’t know what Sandra Bland could have achieved, but today we’re going to make sure that won’t be an alien thought to our young ones.
“I need you to understand how painful this shit is. I need you to understand how painful it is to be reminded every day that your race means nothing and that isn’t the case any more, that was never the case any more“.
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