Mos Def is demanding that BET take a few moments to remember executed prisoner Troy Davis at its next big event.
During his show with Talib Kweli at The Fillmore in Miami on Tuesday, the rapper took a moment to call on the network to honor Troy during the BET Hip Hop Awards, taping this Saturday.
“I’m making a strong, serious recommendation and suggestion," he proclaimed to the audience, one of whom caught the moment on a cell phone. “In the interest of humanity and the rights of human beings all over God’s spaceship, Earth. If you are doing or hosting this event in Atlanta, Georgia, right after this young man, Troy Davis, was brutally murdered, in public for the whole world to see, you should definitely dedicate one part of your show."
Mos Def isn’t picky about when BET would do this tribute. He doesn’t care “if it’s the opening, the beginning, the middle, or the end," just so long as it happens. As the most prominent network geared toward the Black community, Mos feels that BET owes its viewers some formal commentary on Troy’s execution.
“Don’t act silent in this moment. Now is not the moment for your silence, BET! Or anybody else! And that goes to every peep from Oprah to Obama," Mos asserted, before suggesting a nearly impossible feat. "When you get a free moment, call Troy Davis mama and offer her some words of support and comfort!”
According to Clutch Magazine, it would be rather difficult for anyone to get a hold of Troy’s mother, as she passed away on May 4, 2010.