2 Chainz, Nas, Questlove & More Artists React to Bree Newsome Removing South Carolina Confederate Flag

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2 Chainz performs as part of the Media Temple Party at Stubbs Bar-B-Q on March 11, 2014 in Austin, Texas.

Activist Brittany “Bree” Newsome was arrested on Saturday, June 27, after taking down the Confederate flag in front of the statehouse in Columbia, S.C. -- and many artists are joining the conversation about her act with the hashtag #FreeBree on Twitter and Instagram.

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“You come against me with hatred, oppression and violence. I come against you in the name of God. This flag comes down today,” Newsome can be heard saying in video footage of her climb up the 30-foot flagpole.

Newsome and fellow activist James Tyson, who was waiting to help her at the bottom of the flagpole, have been charged with defacing a monument, according to CNN. The flag was raised again less than an hour later. Newsome’s act occurred hours before a pro-flag rally was was scheduled to take place.

Following the Confederate flag removal, #FreeBree soon began trending on social media. See reactions from 2 Chainz, Nas, Questlove and more artists below.


#freebree SHE HARD!

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