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Ferguson Makes a Reappearance at the Grammys. Here’s Why it Matters.

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Prince presents the award for album of the year at the 57th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)

Prince presents the award for album of the year at the 57th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)

Nia-Malika Henderson, THE WASHINGTON POST

 

(The Washington Post)—While the protests around Ferguson and the Eric Garner case have largely faded from the political discussion and our television sets, the movement was very much on display at last night’s Grammy Awards.

Against the backdrop of an ongoing conversation about whether black artists get their proper due, the world’s biggest black artists defiantly had a familiar message: black lives matter.

Among them were Pharrell, who previously sparked backlash in an interview with Ebony Magazine when he asked why there wasn’t more focus on Michael Brown’s “bullyish” behavior prior to him being shot and killed by officer Darren Wilson:

 

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