“Any solutions have to begin with dialogue, and we want to help get that dialogue going,” said Pharrell Williams, who performs in the Mother Emanuel Church -- where the Charleston, S.C. shootings took place this past June -- in one of the segments, according to the L.A. Times.
Nicki Minaj was also one of the night’s speakers, offering her own rendition of the Maya Angelou 1978 poem “Still I Rise.” Dressed in a shimmery black and gold Balmain number, the rapper's rendition oozed with girl power. The crowd even cheered after she read the verse:
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“Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?”
See Minaj’s special poetry reading below before the two-hour concert special airs in full on Nov. 20 at 8pm ET on A&E.