(VIDEO) Exclusive NELLY Interview Discussing His Hometown Near Ferguson At Chris Brown & Quincy Charity Football Game In LA

by Marina Moreno

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Gun shots. Tear gas. SWAT. Tanks.

What residents once knew as Ferguson, Missouri, is now becoming a war zone as protestors fight for justice for 18-year old Michael Brown who was unarmed yet gunned down by an officer a week ago after suspicion of robbery from a nearby market.

What is being deemed as a result of racism has caused the streets of the St. Louis suburbs to become a state of emergency as countless officers try and defend themselves against protestors who are simply just asking for answers; Why are we killing each other? Why is racism still alive? Why is the power of authority being abused? Why another innocent teenager?

As the world keeps a close eye on their televisions, newspapers and news feeds, entertainers and musicians of just about every genre have come to the light searching for the same answers and most of all, asking our communities, how can we prevent this from happening? How can we all change ourselves and generations to come for the better so that we don’t keep killing each other? Black, white, blue or purple. Big, small, round, or tall. How can we raise awareness and gain justice?

While attending a charity flag football event held by R&B singers Chris Brown and Quincy at Occidental College in Los Angeles, California, St. Louis rapper/native Nelly was sure to utilize the moment, grab not just the microphone, but rather the undivided attention of the audience to let them know, we need to educate ourselves. He said if anyone could understand the injustice which was going on in Ferguson are the people of LA.

As he spoke, just about everyone in attendance; fans and celebs; raised both hands in the air and in sync shouted, “DON’T SHOOT”. An obvious hurt and concerned Nelly took to fans to not “preach”, but instead speak knowledge on what’s been going on in his hometown and what’s unfortunately, an issue spreading from city to city.

I was fortunate enough to take a walk with Nelly for an exclusive interview off the field, he discussed what do we have to do to make things better in his home town… Education and not aggression should be the strategy to help future generations.

Watch below to hear his thoughts below. We hope that more celebrities and artists use their voice to influence awareness and change as he did. To view more highlights watch the SKEETV wrap up here.

SNOOP DOGG & L.A. CLIPPER MATT BARNES Host 2nd Annual Athletes Vs. Cancer Celebrity Flag Football Game 9.7.14

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WHO:
Snoop Dogg, Matt Barnes, Gloria Govan-Barnes, Nick Young, Rodney Peete, Nate Robinson, DJ Quik, DJ Mayo, Marcellus Wiley, Mike Epps, Ray J, Antoine Walker, Corey Maggette, Omar Gooding, Jackie Long, Red Grant, Brandi Garcia (93.5 KDAY) and many more to be confirmed.

WHAT:
Second Annual Athletes vs. Cancer Celebrity Flag Football Game
Family Fun Zone will include the Grilled Cheese Truck, Border Grill Truck, Get Shaved Ice, Bounce Houses and more!

WHEN:
Sunday, September 7th, 2014
Ticket Office Opens: 1PM
Family Fun Zone & Gates Open: 4:30 PM / Red Carpet: 4:30 PM
Official Kick Off/Game Play 6:00 PM

WHERE:
Granada Hills Charter High School
10535 Zelzah Ave., Granada Hills, CA 91344

WHY:
To benefit the wonderful charitable work being done by:
Athletes vs.Cancer www.athletesversuscancer.org and The Snoop Youth Football League www.snoopyfl.net

TICKETS:
General Admission: $15 kids under 5 are free
VIP Packages: $75 and up
Purchase tickets in advance by emailing avc@mattbarnesenterprises.com or on game day at the gates.

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See footage from last year’s game below from LA Clipper TV:

CHRIS BROWN & QUINCY Charity Flag Football Game 8.16.14 PHOTOS

Actor/Singer Quincy hosted a charity flag football game with superstar artist Chris Brown today at Occidental College in LA. Quincy and Chris each put together a star studded celebrity squad to battle it out on the turf all for an amazing cause – Team Quincy vs. Team Breezy. A portion of the proceeds will go to Chris’ charity “Symphonic Love”! To show support Trey Songz, The Game, Kendall Jenner, Tyga, Wale, Karrueche, Jermaine Dupri, Eric Bellinger, Bow Wow (aka Shad Moss) and many more were on the field either in the game or cheering on the sidelines.

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WHERE:
Jack Kemp Stadium – Occidental College
Los Angeles, CA

WHEN:
Saturday 8.16.14
6PM

Photos courtesy of @phukyoopinion @ethnonightlife & @_teambreezy05

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