Lili Reinhart Comes Out as Bisexual While Supporting LGBTQ+ Black Lives Matter Movement

Lili Reinhart Comes Out as Bisexual While Supporting LGBTQ+ Black Lives Matter Movement

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Lili Reinhart is opening up about her sexuality.

On Wednesday, the Riverdale actress came out as bisexual while showing her support for the LGBTQ+ For #BlackLivesMatter protest in West Hollywood, Calif. Taking to Instagram to spread awareness, she encouraged fans to walk alongside her for the cause and proudly identified herself as bisexual. 

“Although I’ve never announced it publicly before, I am a proud bisexual woman,” she shared on her Stories, along with a flyer with details surrounding the event. “And I will be joining this protest today. Come join.”

This news comes weeks after Reinhart and her co-star Cole Sprouse announced that they had broken up after three years of dating. While neither party has addressed the split publicly, a source close to the former couple told E! News that Reinhart and Sprouse’s new relationship status may not last for long, noting that they expect Reinhart and Sprouse to reconcile.

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“Lili and Cole were in a good place when Riverdale was shut down due to the coronavirus outbreak, but they isolated separately and distance has never been a good thing for their relationship,” the insider explained. “When Cole and Lili are around each other often, things are very good. Their relationship is very intimate and affectionate, but things become much more complicated when they’re apart.” 

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Another source added, “They know they will likely reconcile once filming resumes. Both aren’t interested in dating other people, just using this time to chill and focus on themselves.” 

In the wake of George Floyd‘s death, Reinhart has been using her platform to encourage her fans to take a stand against racial injustice. In addition to participating in #BlackOutTuesday by posting a picture of a black square to her timeline, she has also been sharing links to resources that help give back to the cause.

“I want to say that I am ashamed of the racism that exists in this country,” she tweeted. “We are taught to look at our police officers as helpful and friendly when we learn about ‘leaders’ in elementary school. Our ‘leaders’ have failed us today.” 

She also came to her Riverdale co-star Vanessa Morgan Kopech‘s defense after Morgan spoke out about being “used as a sidekick” to The CW series’ white characters.

“Tired of how black people are portrayed in media, tired of us being portrayed as thugs, dangerous or angry scary people,” Morgan wrote on social media. “Tired of us also being used as side kick non dimensional characters to our white leads. Or only used in the ads for diversity but not actually in the show. It starts with the media. I’m not being quiet anymore.”

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Seeing her statement, Reinhart replied, “We love you, V. And support you 10000%.”

“E! stands in solidarity with the black community against systemic racism and oppression experienced every day in America,” the network said in a statement on May 31. “We owe it to our black staff, talent, production partners and viewers to demand change and accountability. To be silent is to be complicit. #BlackLivesMatter.”

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Dream Street Star Chris Trousdale Dead at 34

Dream Street Star Chris Trousdale Dead at 34

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Hollywood has lost a beloved young star. 

Chris Trousdale, one of the five members of the early 2000s boy band Dream Street, has died, E! News can confirm.

“It is with a heavy heart that we confirm the passing of Chris Trousdale on June, 2, 2020 from an undisclosed illness,” the star’s rep said in a statement. “He was a light to so many and will be missed dearly by his family, friends and fans all over the world. Although it felt like he belonged to us all, the family is requesting that you respect their privacy at this time of grieving. Should you wish to make a donation in his honor, please give to ASPCA.”

He was 34 years old and just over a month away from his July birthday when he passed away on Tuesday.

“It pains me to say that an old friend, Chris Trousdale, from my early days in the music industry has passed away due to complications from COVID-19,” his former bandmate Jesse McCartney wrote on Instagram. The cause of his death has not been confirmed. 

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“Chris had an explosively charming personality with boundless amounts of talent. Together we made up two of the five members of a boyband called DreamStreet,” McCartney recalled. 

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“We were young kids with budding talent who shared an overwhelming love for music and performing. Chris, in my opinion, was the most popular among us, who had a way of drawing every eye to what he was doing on stage. As an incredibly trained dancer, he would pick up an entire dance number in a matter of minutes; something that would take us days. I truly envied him as a performer. We were a part of something people never get to experience in an entire lifetime at the tender ages of 12 and 14. Although we were a band for only 3 years, at that age, it feels like a lifetime and we built a real brotherhood. In later years, we would grow apart as our lives would take different turns, but I would often reflect on our early days together and think about how exciting it all was. My deepest sympathies go out to his mother whom I know cherished him dearly. RIP Chris. I’ll never forget your smile.”

Following the breaking news of his death, fans have flocked to Trousdale’s Instagram account to pay tribute to the late longtime performer. 

After appearing on Broadway and in musical theater productions, Trousdale rose to fame as a teenage member of Dream Street alongside fellow group members McCartney, Greg Raposo, Matt Ballinger and Frankie Galasso

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The group ultimately put out a debut album, which featured their hit “It Happens Every Time,” and one soundtrack album for a film of the same name, The Biggest Fan, which Trousdale starred in and which was released to DVD. The group disbanded amid a legal dispute in 2002 and Trousdale went on to pursue a solo career and appeared in a handful of films and one-time TV roles. 

In 2018, he released the single, “Dance for Love,” and dropped “Summer” in June 2019. His last Instagram post came on Tuesday, when Trousdale shared a black square in honor of #blackouttuesday and the Black Lives Matter movement. “#theshowmustbepaused,” he captioned the post. 

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Brie & Nikki Bella Urge the Importance of Speaking Out Against Racism: “We All Have to Step Up Now”

Brie & Nikki Bella Urge the Importance of Speaking Out Against Racism: "We All Have to Step Up Now"

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Brie and Nikki Bella used this week’s episode of The Bellas Podcast to join the nationwide conversation currently happening about racism, and more specifically, George Floyd‘s tragic death.

Brie prefaced the discussion by acknowledging that while she and her twin sister typically keep the podcast “fun and upbeat,” they wanted to address what’s happening

“This whole racism situation in America…a lot of it has been affecting me, but George Floyd, that one really got me,” Brie said. “And in a way, I feel like it got everyone where it just broke you.”

She continued, “And to the point that Nikki and I wanted to speak on this because it’s at the point where I, literally, the last couple days, I had to get off social media because you do see the big debate. I’m blown away by some ignorant comments I see because I put up a post about racism and parenting, and I could not believe what some people were saying back to me.”

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Brie went on to explain that she’s been thinking about everything through her lens as a mom.

“You’re not born racist. You learn it,” she expressed. “And where you learn it is your household. You learn it from your parents. You’re raised in it. And it’s our duty as parents to teach our kids to not be racist, to love everyone, show kindness.”

She added that she and Nikki were “blessed” to be raised in a family where they were taught “that no matter what financial status anyone is, no matter the color of their skin, we’re all equal.”

And with that in mind, she encouraged other parents to take a look at the environment they’re creating for their children.

“I just want all of you out there to just really, right now, just look and see, what is it your kids hear in their house? And what do you teach them?” she asked. “Because we can teach them the ABCs. I can teach Birdie all about the solar system. But the one thing that I do always teach Birdie is kindness and that every single person is equal. And she will always know that in our household.”

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Nikki reiterated many of Brie’s sentiments, also explaining that it’s “mind-boggling” for her that some “judge and treat people based on the color of their skin.”

“I will just never understand that,” she added, noting that she does, however, understand the importance of speaking out and making your voice heard.

“We have to use our platforms more than ever now to promote not being racist; to stick up for the black community. Because what is happening here in America, it’s not okay. Like, I will fight anyone on that,” Nikki explained. “It is not okay to kneel on someone’s neck like that, and they’re telling you they can’t breathe? It’s disgusting to me. And it’s not okay. And the fact that we didn’t get justice right away, that is what caused all this. We needed justice.”

Nikki continued, “And so, for me, it’s like, whether your platform is millions of followers or a couple hundred, we all have to step up now. We all have to use our voice. Use it as you please or where you want, but the only way we’re truly gonna see change is if we all come together.”

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She cited her and Brie’s time in the WWE as an example of people coming together—both the women in the organization and their fans—to create change and make strides toward gender quality. 

“So guess what? Now, as human beings, we have to unite. And we need more people so we can make changes,” Nikki said. “And I just truly hope that people see this, you know, with more positivity and they’re more enlightened and they’re not looking at all this being hateful. Why the riots are happening is ’cause people are just so angry because they don’t know what to do anymore.”

Nikki noted that it probably feels like “constantly wanting something to happen,” only it never does.

“And you’re just at the point where you’re frustrated because you’re like, ‘How can they hear me? Why am I not being heard?'” she added. “And this is the way to be heard.”

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“We’re in 2020 and there’s no reason for any of this,” Nikki expressed, wrapping up her thoughts on the matter. “You should never be scared to jog in your own neighborhood because of the color of your skin. You should never be scared to be pulled over because of the color of your skin. You should never be afraid to do anything in the United States of America because of the color of your skin.”

Brie issued a similar parting message, urging their listeners to avoid violence and instead fight for “unity” and “love.”

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John Boyega Delivers Powerful Speech During London’s Black Lives Matter Protest

John Boyega Delivers Powerful Speech During London’s Black Lives Matter Protest

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John Boyega is a hero on and off the screen.

The Star Wars actor delivered a powerful speech to a large crowd that gathered around Hyde Park in London on Wednesday.

Many joined the 28-year-old star during a peaceful protest in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and to honor George Floyd, who was killed by a Minneapolis police officer on Monday, May 25.

“Black lives have always mattered,” Boyega said into a megaphone so the crowd could hear his message, which was captured by Twitter users. “We have always been important. We have always meant something. We have always succeeded regardless. And now is the time. I ain’t waiting. I ain’t waiting.”

“Every Black person understands and realizes the first time you are reminded that you are black,” he continued. “You remember. Every Black person in here remembers when another person reminded you that you were Black.”

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“I need you guys to understand how painful this s–t is,” the Stars Wars actor expressed, as he struggled to hold back the tears. “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 anymore.”

“We are a physical representation of our support for George Floyd,” Boyega stated, while also listing the names of several other Black individuals who were killed.

On that list, he included: Sandra BlandTrayvon MartinStephen Lawrence and Mark Duggan.

“It is very, very important that we keep control of this movement, and we make this as peaceful as possible,” he told the crowd. “They want us to mess up… Well, not today!”

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Holding back the tears, Boyega said he had a message specifically for his Black brothers.

“Black men… we need to take care of Black women,” he expressed. “They are our hearts; they are our future. We cannot demonize our own. We are the pillars of the family.”

He continued, “Imagine this: a nation that is set up with individual families that are thriving, that are healthy, that communicate, that raise their children they love, have a better rate of becoming better human beings. That’s what we need to create.”

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“We can all join together to make this a better world,” he told the crowd. “We can all join together to make this special.”

Boyega isn’t the only one to use his celebrity platform. Ariana Grande, Halsey, Insecure’s Kendrick Sampson, Cole Sprouse and others have joined protests across the nation.

To see who has participated, read about it here.

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See Every Celebrity Participating in Protests in Light Of George Floyd’s Death

See Every Celebrity Participating in Protests in Light Of George Floyd’s Death

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Many celebrities aren’t sitting around in silence any longer.

In the last few days, stars participated in nationwide protests to stand in solidarity with the Black community.

The protests across the United States were not only in response to George Floyd‘s death but also Breonna Taylor‘s death, Tony McDade‘s death, Ahmaud Arbery‘s death and so many others in recent months.

Among the celebrities protesting earlier in the week and over the weekend include Ariana Grande, Jamie Foxx, Halsey, Michael B. JordanTimothée Chalamet, Kendrick SampsonKehlani and countless others.

On Friday, Foxx attended the Minneapolis press conference and spoke to the crowd about Floyd’s death—which occurred after a Minneapolis police officer pinned him down and kneeled on his neck, while three other officers stood by and did nothing.

In video footage captured by bystanders, Floyd told the officers that he couldn’t breathe, and moments later he passed away.

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“I think that what you saw on television, to watch this man plead for his life,” Foxx said on Friday. “As I sit with my two daughters, my nephews .. what it does is, it over-complicates everything as a Black man trying to tell his son or his daughter how to function in life. Even the things that we’ve taught them don’t seem to work.”

Orange Is the New Black actor Matt McGorry shared footage of Los Angeles protests on Instagram. “White people. It’s time to show up, to get uncomfortable, to put our bodies and our resources on the line,” he wrote.

Later he revealed on Twitter that he and Insecure star Kendrick Sampson had been shot at by cops. “LAPD shot me with a projectile when nobody was doing anything other than just standing there,” Matt explained on Twitter. “They did way worse to the POC and especially Black folx there.”

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However, not all celebrities experienced the same thing. Grande noted, “hours and miles of peaceful protesting yesterday that got little to no coverage.”

The stars mentioned above weren’t only ones attending the nationwide protests in the last few days. View our list below to see who participated.

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Madison Beer

The singer and influencer attended a demonstration in Hollywood on Monday, June 1. 

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Machine Gun Kelly

The rocker marched down Hollywood Boulevard in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. 

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The supermodel and her husband joined protests in Los Angeles.

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Darren Criss & Mia Swier

The couple attended a march in Hollywood.

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Logan Paul

“It’s something I believe in,” the YouTube star told NBC’s Gadi Schwartz at a protest in Hollywood. “I feel like this is a part of history and I don’t want to be on the wrong side.”

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Kristen Stewart

The actress was joined by her girlfriend, Dylan Meyer, at a peaceful protest in Los Angeles on Tuesday, June 2. 

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Paris Jackson

The 22-year-old brought a handmade sign to a protest in West Hollywood. 

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Darren Criss

The Hollywood star expressed his support for the Black Lives Matter movement in Los Angeles. 

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Jamie Foxx

“I think that what you saw on television, to watch this man plead for his life,” Foxx said at Minneapolis press conference on Friday, May 30. “As I sit with my two daughters, my nephews .. what it does is, it over-complicates everything as a black man trying to tell his son or his daughter how to function in life. Even the things that we’ve taught them don’t seem to work.”

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Kendrick Sampson

The Insecure star attended protests in Los Angeles and shared that he had been shot with rubber bullets. “Glad y’all witnessed this. Esp the video of them actually targeting us,” the actor said, after the incident was captured on his IG Live and CNN’s cameras. “He didn’t try to ricochet the bullets of the ground – one tactic – he pointed the gun DIRECTLY AT ME,” Kendrick added. “I actually got hit 7 times with rubber bullets and many with batons. My boy has stitches.”

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Accompanied by her boyfriend Dalton Gomez and friend Doug Middlebrook, the pop star shared images of a protest in LA. she attended. “hours and miles of peaceful protesting yesterday that got little to no coverage,” she wrote. “all throughout beverly hills and west hollywood we chanted, people beeped and cheered along. we were passionate, we were loud, we were loving. cover this too please.”

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Halsey

“do not underplay these rubber bullets bc you have been told they are ‘not lethal.’ I had to bandage a man who looked like his entire face had exploded today,” Halsey , who was joined by Yungblud, wrote on Twitter. “So before you say, from the comfort of your home, that we’re exaggerating, please consider the injuries some have suffered.”

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Tinashe

The singer stepped out in Downtown Los Angeles with a Black Lives Matter sign. “Show up,” she wrote on Instagram.

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Matt McGorry

“LAPD shot me with a projectile when nobody was doing anything other than just standing there. They did way worse to the POC and especially Black folx there,” the Orange Is the New Black actor shared.

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Madison Beer

“LEAVE SANTA MONICA NOW IF YOU CAN I WAS JUST TEAR GASSED THEY ARE ARRESTING EVERYONE AND TEAR GASSING ALL CROWDS,” the singer shared on Twitter.

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Tessa Thompson

The Westworld star attended the Los Angeles protests this weekend. “I can say that the #LosAngelesProtest was entirely peaceful until the @LAPDHQ arrived and escalated it,” she expressed. “@MayorOfLA are you seeing this? Also, where was the robust media coverage then ? #BlackLivesMatter.”

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Porsha Williams

The Real Housewives of Atlanta star joined protests in her city and shared images of the events. “We stand together,” she captioned on image.

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Rachel Lindsay

“Today we protested. Today we went beyond our platform,” the Bachelorette alum shared. “Today we put action behind our words. Today we used our voices to make a difference. Today is just one day in the fight. We have to keep pushing forward and demanding change.”

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John Cusack

The actor attended the Chicago protest on Saturday and shared footage of his experience. “Cops didn’t like me filming the burning car so they came at me with batons,” he wrote on Twitter, alongside a video. “Hitting my bike. Ahhm here’s the audio.”

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Lil Yachty

“I am no different from the next man. Every voice matters and must be heard,” he wrote on Instagram, alongside footage of him speaking to a crowd.

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J Cole

The singer and rapper attended protests in his hometown in North Carolina.

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Cole Sprouse

“Before the voracious horde of media sensationalism decides to somehow turn it about me, there’s a clear need to speak about the circumstances: Black Lives Matter. Peace, riots, looting, are an absolutely legitimate form of protest,” the actor shared. He added, “I was detained when standing in solidarity, as were many of the final vanguard within Santa Monica.”

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Kehlani

“LIVE. NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE. LOS ANGELES MAY 30TH 2020. RESPECT EXISTENCE OR EXPECT RESISTANCE,” the songstress expressed on Instagram. “#BLACKLIVESMATTER OUTSIDE INSIDE TODAY YESTERDAY TOMORROW AND FOREVER. POWER TO THE PEOPLE.”

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Nick Cannon

The star was in Minneapolis and shared several images of the protests he attended. “Justice for Floyd,” one caption read. Another stated, “Stop Killing Us!”

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Paris Jackson

“today started out so beautifully, seeing people come together with peace and harmony in their hearts,” she wrote on social media. “it broke my heart to see it all go up in flames. violence is not the answer. how do we expect to bring our world up to a happier and higher and healthier way of living if we’re stooping as low as those that committed the crimes we’re protesting ? peaceful protest only!!”

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Michael B. Jordan

The actor was seen protesting in Los Angeles. He also shared on Instagram, “This country was built on the backs of our ancestors—backs that had a target the entire time and this month is no different with more black lives caught in the crosshairs. Too many look at us as public enemies, only some see us as humans, and yet we need to be superhuman just to survive. We must strategize, organize, and train ourselves as we demand more. One arrest isn’t enough. This is just the beginning.”

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Timothée Chalamet

The Little Women actor was at the Santa Monica protests.

“E! stands in solidarity with the Black community against systemic racism and oppression experienced every day in America,” the network said in a statement on May 31. “We owe it to our Black staff, talent, production partners and viewers to demand change and accountability. To be silent is to be complicit. #BlackLivesMatter.”

(This story was originally published on Monday, June 1, 2020 at 3:15 p.m. PST)

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Watch NBC News NOW’s Can You Hear Us Now? Virtual Discussion on Race in America

Watch NBC News NOW’s Can You Hear Us Now? Virtual Discussion on Race in America

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Protests are continuing across the country following the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, and in an effort to continue the dialogue around issues like police brutality and racism, NBC News NOW and NBCBLK are presenting Can You Hear Us Now?, a virtual discussion.

Airing now, the special is hosted by MSNBC correspondent and host of the NBC News podcast, Into America, Trymaine Lee. With the help of guests such as Wisconsin Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes and actor Don Cheadle, Lee is moderating discussions on race, what being black in America means today, the experiences that shape and fuel the pain and anguish playing out in protests across the country and how America can help heal the divide. 

Additional Can You Hear Us Now? guests include the co-Founder of Campaign Zero, Brittany Packnett Cunningham, and New York Times journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones.

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You can watch the virtual discussion here with E! in the above livestream, or by tuning in to NBC News NOW, NBCNews.com, NBC LX (NBC/Telemundo owned stations’ new network) on broadcast, cable and OTT, Peacock and on NBC News’ Facebook, Twitter and YouTube channels on Tuesday, June 2 at 8 p.m. ET.

For LX’s TV and cable listings, click here

Be sure to also follow along with the hashtag #CanYouHearUsNow.

“E! stands in solidarity with the black community against systemic racism and oppression experienced every day in America,” the network said in a statement on May 31. “We owe it to our black staff, talent, production partners and viewers to demand change and accountability. To be silent is to be complicit. #BlackLivesMatter.”

(E! and NBC are both part of the NBCUniversal family.)

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Keke Palmer Asks the National Guard to “March Beside Us” While Attending Protest

Keke Palmer Asks the National Guard to "March Beside Us" While Attending Protest

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Keke Palmer is asking for members of the National Guard to march in solidarity with protesters in Hollywood.

In a video shared to Twitter by NBC News’ Gadi Schwartz on Tuesday, the 26-year-old is seen pleading with a group of National Guard members to march alongside her and hundreds of other protesters as an act of unity. Palmer is seen telling one member that now is the time to “help” the people and “to stop the governmental oppression” taking place.

She implored, “Let the revolution be televised, march beside us and show us that you’re here for us. Make history with us, please!”

As she repeatedly asked the group of military officials to leave their post the crowd cheered her on, but the men refused to participate, citing orders from their superiors. “Make history with us, please! Please, just do it. Be the change. We are good people, march with us,” Keke insisted. 

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After getting pushback from the National Guard members, Keke declared she was “at a loss,” and nearly gave up. But one of the protesters asked for the men to take a knee, which led to both protesters and the Guard members kneeling together. 

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Despite the National Guard members’ refusal to march with Palmer and the rest of the protesters, the lead officer told them, “I absolutely support your right to protest.”

Palmer’s passion comes from a place of anger and a desire for change. On Instagram, the celebrity shared her thoughts on the global outcry surrounding the police killing of George Floyd and stated that she is usually “against violence,” but the protests have brought her a “sense of calm” and a “sliver of vindication.”

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Nonetheless, she voiced her opinion that true justice and peace will only be achieved when people come together. She explained, “We may not all have the same way to fight, but we need each other to win the battle.”

To learn how to take action and get involved, please click here.

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