Fantasia Issues Statement About NC 'All Lives Matter' Concert


It's the concert that never happened over the weekend in North Carolina. And that probably has a lot to do with the name and promotional material for the show.

Fantasia, Anthony Hamilton, John P. Kee and Dennis Reed had been slated to perform at an "All Lives Matter" concert Sunday, but the concert was postponed.


When Hamilton found out about the name of the show, he took to social media to clarify that he had had no clue about it and did not approve it. He also directed people to his article on The Root, in which he discussed Black Lives Matter:

Fantasia, on the other hand, went a different route with her statement and spoke of all lives mattering in her video:


"I understand that our people are still in poverty and we’re not getting certain things that we deserve. I understand that, but the only way we’re going to get it is not through tearing up buildings," she said. "Two thousand years ago, Jesus ended the debate on which lives matter. He died for all us. All of us. Martin Luther King stood for love and unity for all people. United we stand, divided we fall. Let’s all stand together. So black lives matter, yes they do. All lives matter.”

Kendall Taylor, Fantasia's husband, also had a few thoughts and said that people need to see the bigger picture.


"It’s real easy to critique somebody sitting behind your desk, or behind your smartphone […] and you’re talking about a word between ‘all’ and ‘black,’” Taylor said in the video. “Black lives matter because all lives matter."

"What kind of flier do y’all want?" he insisted. "We’ll send out some individual fliers. You hit us up, you let us know what flier is going to get you motivated to come into the street. You want a blue flier? You want a green flier? Rainbow flier? A purple flier? Whatever flier it takes to get you to fly to your house and fly away from your excuses. […] Put all the details to the side. Pick up your sword, put on your armor, gird yourself, and have something to fight for."


The concert has reportedly been rescheduled for this weekend.

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