Watch Jussie Smollett bring #BlackLivesMatter and gay marriage to the BET Awards stage

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How do you sum up a weekend filled with such joy and sadness—a weekend during which the Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage as the nation continued to mourn those who died in the Charleston, S.C., shooting? Just ask Jussie Smollett.


During the Empire cast's 2015 BET Awards performance on Sunday, Jun. 28, TV's Jamal Lyon paused "You're So Beautiful" to deliver a powerful missive that literally did just that. Check it out.

"We live in a nation where freedom is what we represent," he told the crowd assembled at Los Angeles' Microsoft Theater, "yet we are still fighting for basic freedoms for all of our people. Let the Supreme Court ruling be proof of how far we have come. Let the deaths of our sisters and brothers be proof of how far we have to go. No one is free until we are all free."

And then, as if he hadn't already given us enough, Smollett launched back into "You're So Beautiful," singing the oh-so-appropriate "man love a man" version of the lyrics.

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Later on in the night, actor Michael B. Jordan took a moment to spotlight everyone who "held signs, marched, took to social media, or got arrested as a part of the #BlackLivesMatter movement" on behalf of BET.


"We see you," he said, calling out Charleston, McKinney, Ferguson, Cleveland, and Baltimore, "and we applaud your unbreakable, unshakeable strength."

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