Prince hit the stage in Baltimore for the “Rally 4 Peace” concert honoring Freddie Gray over the weekend, and Beyonce, Jay Z and Alicia Keys were in attendance. Peep the pics inside…
Yesterday was Mother’s Day and for Freddie Gray’s mom, this was the first Mother’s Day she spent without her son. In honor of the 25-year-old’s life, Prince headlined a performance at the “Rally 4 Peace” concert (free for concertgoers) at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, which was live streamed on TIDAL.
The Purple One asked that everyone wear gray in remembrance of Freddie Gray, who lost his life from severe spinal injuries during an arrest last month. Following the turbulent uprising in Baltimore, Prince penned a protest song calling for justice and peace, which he titled “Baltimore.” He also debuted the track for the first time during his set.
Take a listen to it below:
Concertgoers say Prince gave a great speech about injustice and the flaws in our judicial system. He said, “The system is broken. It’s up to you young folks to fix it.” We also hear, while on stage, he said the next time he travels back to Baltimore he will be staying in a black owned hotel. Well alright.
During his performance, he brought out State’s Attorney for Baltimore City Marilyn Mosby, who ruled Freddie’s death a homicide and charged six Baltimore police officers in his death. Since her ruling, the officers’ attorneys have collectively filed a motion to have Marilyn’s office taken off the case. Hmm…
Peep a few clips from his set below:
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Doug E. Fresh joins Prince on stage:
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There were rumors that “several industry superstars” would be in attendance and they turned out to be true. Beyonce and Jay Z were spotted snapping it up with Freddie Gray’s family members in Baltimore.
The mother of slain Ferguson teen Mike Brown, Lesley McSpadden, also came out for the peace concert where she got a photo-op with Mrs. Carter, Alicia Keys and Mama Tina. Nice.
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