Watch Kelly Rowland & More Talk How to Move Forward After Police Shootings at VH1 Hip Hop Honors

On Monday night’s VH1 Hip Hop Honors red carpet, Billboard chatted with Kelly Rowland, Roxanne Shanté, La La Anthony, Tweet and many more on the state of the country after the past week’s violence, and how they are coping and pushing for change.

“It’s a crazy time for our country,” Rowland said. “I think that it’s really important for us all to know how important the human race is. I do think that, of course, of course, black lives matter, because that’s what’s being taken right now.”

Many took the show as an opportunity to speak out against the shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile that occurred last week. Queen Latifah added in her speech during the awards that “racism is still alive and kicking.”

Queen Latifah at the 2016 VH1 Hip Hop Honors: 'Racism Is Still Alive and Kicking'

“I’m not going to say that this didn’t always exist, but I’m going to say now there is an eye on it,” Shanté told Billboard. “And with that eye being able to be on it, now the world can see what we have been seeing for so long.”

Tweet said the past week’s violence has pushed her to listen to love and gospel songs, including Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On.”

Watch the red-carpet interviews above.


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