Subscribe

Bruce Springsteen headlines 'Shining a Light' concert on race relations

Bruce Springsteen and John Legend launched "Shining a Light: A Concert for Progress on Race in America" Wednesday with a rendition of "American Skin (41 Shots)," a song Springsteen wrote about the 1999 police shooting death. 

  • close
    Bruce Springsteen, left, and John Legend perform at Shining a Light: A Concert for Progress on Race in America at the Shrine Auditorium on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, in Los Angeles.
    (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP)
    View Caption
  • About video ads
    View Caption
of

Bruce Springsteen rocked out with John Legend, Eric Church teamed up with Smokey Robinson, and Miguel wailed alongside Tori Kelly at a musical event focusing on race relations in America.

Springsteen and Legend launched "Shining a Light: A Concert for Progress on Race in America" at the Shrine Auditorium on Wednesday with a rendition of "American Skin (41 Shots)," a song Springsteen wrote about the 1999 police shooting death of Guinean immigrant Amadou Diallo.

"Tonight, as we mourn the loss of life in Paris, let us rededicate ourselves to erasing the hate and to creating an America where we can all move on up together toward justice, community, love, brotherhood, sisterhood and freedom," said actor Morgan Freeman at the beginning of the evening.

Recommended: 12 parenting advice tips from Bruce Springsteen lyrics

The all-star concert was peppered with several duets, including Miguel and Kelly covering En Vogue's "Free Your Mind" and Nick Jonas joining Andra Day for her "Rise Up." Church was backed up for his song "Kill a Word" by Robinson, as well as Alicia Keys and Aloe Blacc.

Legend racked up the most collaborations of the night on stage. After kicking off the concert with Springsteen, he was later united with Pink for "Someday We'll All Be Free" and closed out the event with Big Sean for "One Man Can Change the World."

The concert was taped for a two-hour special that will air Friday across A&E Networks and iHeartRadio radio and TV stations.

Other performers Wednesday included Zac Brown Band, Sia, Rhiannon Giddens, Sting, Ed Sheeran and Jamie Foxx, who brought his 6-year-old daughter, Annalise, on stage with her friends and asked her to recite the books of the Bible.

Jill Scott delivered the night's most captivating performance, crooning "Strange Fruit," the protest song popularized by Billie Holiday, in front of giant screens displaying imagery of lynching.

The night's performances weren't relegated to singing alone. Nicki Minaj recited the Maya Angelou poem "Still I Rise," while comedian George Lopez poked fun at Donald Trump.

"Demographics in this country are changing every second of every day," Lopez said. "You can build a thousand walls, 100 feet high, and nothing will change that. You know why? Because we've got tunnels."

Between performances, videos about racial inequality and violence in Baltimore; Charleston, South Carolina; and Ferguson, Missouri, were broadcast to the audience.

Pharrell Williams spoke with families at the South Carolina church where nine black parishioners were shot and killed June 17. He also performed his song "Freedom."

Keys visited mothers and children in Baltimore, where protests and rioting followed in April after the death of Freddie Gray, who died after he was injured in police custody.

Legend talked with the wives of police officers in Ferguson, where the death of Michael Brown led to protests and unrest.

The proceeds from the sold-out event will go to the Fund for Progress on Race in America through the United Way.

___

Online:

About these ads
Sponsored Content by LockerDome
 
 
Make a Difference
Inspired? Here are some ways to make a difference on this issue.
FREE Newsletters
Get the Monitor stories you care about delivered to your inbox.
 

We want to hear, did we miss an angle we should have covered? Should we come back to this topic? Or just give us a rating for this story. We want to hear from you.

Loading...

Loading...

Loading...

Save for later

Save
Cancel

Saved ( of items)

This item has been saved to read later from any device.
Access saved items through your user name at the top of the page.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You reached the limit of 20 saved items.
Please visit following link to manage you saved items.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You have already saved this item.

View Saved Items

OK