NE-YO and Jessica Alba Lead Emotional Tribute to Victims of Gun Violence at Teen Choice Awards #StopTheViolence

NE-YO and Jessica Alba

By Jack Barnes

They took the stage with Alton Sterling’s son, victims from the Orlando Pulse nightclub massacre and teenage family members from shootings in Newtown, Aurora and Dallas.

“Here with me tonight are a group of brave teenagers who share an unlikely bond that’s hard to comprehend,” said Alba, 35. “They are the brothers, sisters, daughters and family members of recent victims of gun violence: I’m talking about Aurora, Baton Rouge, Dallas, Minneapolis, Orlando, San Bernardino, Newtown.”[youtube

Alba continues, “It keeps happening, and it has to stop. Many of those impacted by these acts of violence are teens.”The family members on stage then went on to introduce themselves, while Alba explained their relationship to the victim.

Alba concluded with the message, “Tonight we stand together with these teens, united in our call for peace and an end to this violence. Now, more than ever, we need to stop, feel and ask what’s going on.”
NE-YO took to the stage to perform “What’s Going On,” the classic Marvin Gaye record who’s lyrics ring as true today as they did 45 years ago.
As the performance ended, Jessica Alba and all the teens joined NE-YO center stage. Alba said, “These teens had the courage to come here and share their grief and tonight all of us here need to do the same.”
“We need to come together as one,” said NE-YO. “If you feel as we do that we have to do better, I need you to stand up right now and take out your phones.” NE-YO then asked the audience to capture the moment and share it on social media using the hashtag #StopTheViolence

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