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Nick Cannon Discusses His Black Lives Matter Poem

Stephanie Chan
Nick Cannon at the Perry Ellis spring 2017 presentation

"Killing is just wrong in general. Life is a life. This nation is hurt. It's broken and we've got to fix it. It takes all of us to do it," says the actor at Perry Ellis' presentation during New York Fashion Week: Men's on Monday.

It was hard to miss Nick Cannon at Perry Ellis' presentation in New York on Monday morning. The actor arrived in a steel-blue vest suit and spiky silver metallic Louboutin loafers, beating the Monday blues in the most fashionable way.

Though the actor was in good spirits for creative director Michael Maccari's show, held at The Hippodrome Building, it was difficult to forget last week's shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. A day before New York Fashion Week: Men's kicked off, Cannon took to social media to write a poem expressing his frustration over recent police shootings and what #BlackLivesMatter means to him.

Part of Cannon's poetry reads: "When I say Black lives matter that don't mean yours don't / When I say Black lives matter / Don't mean white folks can't get on the boat / So it's like when I say save the whales / That don't mean the other fish can't float / It just means the whales are endangered / Just like my species."

 

#SpokenSundays #BlackLivesMatter #poetry Part 1 When I say Black Lives matter That don't  mean yours don't When We say Black lives matter That don't mean your kids won't They will... They gonna say it with us, because they get us. When I say Black lives matter that don't mean yours don't When I say Black lives matter Don't me white folks can't get on the boat So it's like when I say save the whales That don't mean the other fish can't float It just means the whales are endangered Just like my species discreetly It don't matter who's doing the killing As long as we end up extinct , see This Is the thesis in these secret meetings They having about me and the rest of my community They say well when they shooting each other They don't care about unity Well brutally Let me be the one to say, they right! Truthfully

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"It takes much more than a hashtag to make a change and I think people focus on the hashtag too much," the America's Got Talent host tells Pret-a-Reporter of the message he was hoping to send to his followers. "Let's come up with another one if it's divisive — that's not the purpose. It's to create awareness."

Cannon is among the many folks in Hollywood to respond to recent police brutalities.

"I said a lot of things like, 'I'll stop making it about race when they stop making it about race.' People were like, 'We're tired of you guys saying Black Lives Matter.' I'm tired of having to say it," he continues. "I don't want to sit back and debate statistics and how many people are killed. Killing is just wrong in general. Life is a life. This nation is hurt. It's broken and we've got to fix it. It takes all of us to do it."

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