Mos Def Calls On BET To Tribute Troy Davis At 2011 BET Awards

The Black Star member demands that the network pay proper respects to the late Davis at the upcoming ceremony.

During a performance a few nights ago in Miami Beach, Florida, Mos Def called on BET to pay proper tribute to Troy Davis at the 2011 BET Awards, taking place this weekend in Atlanta, Georgia.

The rapper, who recently announced a forthcoming name change to Yasiin, urged the network to show respect to Davis. “The BET Awards are happenin’ in Atlanta, Georgia, apparently this weekend on Saturday, right? I’m making a strong, serious recommendation and suggestion, in the interest of humanity and the rights of human beings all over God’s spaceship, Earth,” he said. “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.”

He specifically spoke to what BET should do to justly honor him, explaining that organizers have a responsibility to make his story heard.

“If it’s the opening, the beginning, the middle, or the end… Bring his mama out there, show her your support and show her some words of comfort and encouragement,” he said. “This is not the moment for your silence, BET! Or anybody else! And that goes to every peep from Oprah to Obama: When you get a free moment, call Troy Davis mama!”

Watch the video below (via That's Enuff).

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24 Comments

  • dc

    For those who took any time at all to study the details in the case of Troy Davis, the facts seem to vindicate the system that condemned him. His defense claimed there were only 9 witnesses when in fact there were 34 who witnessed the brutal murder that night. The defense claimed seven of those witnesses recanted when in fact only two offered recantations of any substance. When the defense was offered the opportunity to bring them into an appeals court to testify they refused to do so and one can only assume that the Davis team realized that their changed testimony wouldn’t hold up in court. Three of the thirty-four witnesses were Air Force personnel who were sitting in a bus that night. When asked if they would recant they replied that they would not! One never forgets, not even after 20 years when one man stands over another and shoots him in the face. The defense also claimed there was no physical evidence even though the shell casings picked up in the parking lot that night matched shell casings that Troy Davis had used in a previous shooting that very evening. Jurors obviously were not told of the bloody shorts found in Troy Davis’ laundry by investigators. After multiple appeals over a twenty year period, every court and every judge along the way declared the guilt of Troy Davis. When this information reached the highest court in the land they could find no reason to overturn what had been decided again and again by the lower courts. I was astonished to see protestors wearing signs that declared, “I am Troy Davis.” Troy Davis had been declared a cold blooded murderer. Why would anyone want to be Troy Davis? What happened in the parking lot of Burger King 22 years ago was a violation of one of the Ten Commandments of God. Surely Troy Davis is guilty of murder. But if the sin belongs to Sylvester or to some other unknown perpetrator it is still sin. Violating God’s laws brings unspeakable pain. The Davis family and the MacPhail family have both endured the painful consequences of a meaningless sinful act of murder. May God have mercy on the soul of Troy Davis and may God provide sustaining grace for the innocent members of these families who must carry the pain throughout their earthly lives. Guilty or not, Troy Davis went to his death feeling like a hero. He was world famous. His name was attached to a cause. Were he to confess to the murder it would ruin the agenda of those who oppose the death penalty. Great caution was taken in the judicial system to make sure that an innocent man was not executed. Should not such caution also have been taken to assure that a cold blooded murderer whose crime was witnessed by 34 people not go to meet his Maker thinking he is a hero? .

  • Crack Rock

    2nPac, you have no idea what you're talking about.

  • 2nPac

    Yes...let's free the murderers, rapists, thieves, etc. As long as they are black...We shall free them ALL!

  • Mensah Sojah

    FREE EM ALL BROTHA MOST DEF GETTIN DOWN FOR THE PEOPLE ! WE SAY WHATS THE CALL FREE EM ALL :POWER TO THE PEOPLE

  • Nigga nahledge

    Sorry mos but b.e.t. Ain't gonna hear ya. There's still a chance that this man was a legit murderer and til the day we die we will never know the real truth. But tributing a potential murder on national television would be a bad look for b.e.t. Or any tv station for that matter. So yeah..not gonna happen

  • 2nPac

    I notice a lot of folks have no clue what they're talking about. Just jumping on the bandwagon of the latest cause because several celebrities made some noise about it. Where were yall during his first scheduled execution date? How about his second? Third? This was his 4th and final scheduled execution and now everyone wants to make a huge deal out of it. LOL @ "brutally murdered in public for the whole world to see." C'mon Mos, really? Murdered publicly like that cop that was killed?

  • Iron Avenger

    I'm probably going to start a crapstorm with this one, but: "The Troy Davis story reminds me of George Stinney, Jr. the youngest person ever to be executed in the United States. In 1944, a 14 year old black kid was charge with murdering 2 white girls with a railroad stake. There was no investigation..." Well in this case there was an investigation. 34 witnesses, ballistic evidence, and but for a technicality which threw out the warrant, they'd have had Troy's bloodstained clothes. Some of the witnesses were his own friends who ratted him out - and they knew the gun well because Troy shot someone in the face earlier that day, who survived and snitched to the cops, and ballistics matched. - don't shoot someone in front of 34 people in a busy parking lot and expect to walk. "The fact that putting someone to DEATH with such little evidence" 34 witnesses, a trial, ballistics. 22 years of appeals? "Such little evidence?" What are you people, stupid? "His Momma is dead Mos Def..Have you been following any of the coverage? I mean I agree with them paying tribute,but I think you should read before you make statements like this. It makes you look like you have no knowledge and just jumping on the bandwagon for publicity." Some black guy gets legally executed in Georgia for the execution style killing of a police officer, and thanks to Democrat/liberal misinformation campaigns, everyone thinks it was a case of Central Casting Klansmen dragging the nearest black guy out of the nearest shotgun shack and hanging him from a tree in full view of a burning cross. - it's obvious that Mos Def doesn't know a damn thing about the case if he's calling for a moment of rememberance for a murderer who almost killed another person the same day. What a shame. I used to RESPECT Mos Def.

  • Iron Avenger

    I'm probably going to start a crapstorm with this one, but: RE: The Troy Davis story reminds me of George Stinney, Jr. the youngest person ever to be executed in the United States. In 1944, a 14 year old black kid was charge with murdering 2 white girls with a railroad stake. There was no investigation... Well in this case there was an investigation. 34 witnesses, ballistic evidence, and but for a technicality which threw out the warrant, they'd have had Troy's bloodstained clothes. Some of the witnesses were his own friends who ratted him out - and they knew the gun well because Troy shot someone in the face earlier that day, who survived and snitched to the cops, and ballistics matched. - don't shoot someone in front of 34 people in a busy parking lot and expect to walk. RE: The fact that putting someone to DEATH with such little evidence 34 witnesses, a trial, ballistics. 22 years of appeals? "Such little evidence?" What are you people, stupid? RE: His Momma is dead Mos Def..Have you been following any of the coverage? I mean I agree with them paying tribute,but I think you should read before you make statements like this. It makes you look like you have no knowledge and just jumping on the bandwagon for publicity. Some black guy gets legally executed in Georgia for the execution style killing of a police officer, and thanks to Democrat/liberal misinformation campaigns, everyone thinks it was a case of Central Casting Klansmen dragging the nearest black guy out of the nearest shotgun shack and hanging him from a tree in full view of a burning cross. - it's obvious that Mos Def doesn't know a damn thing about the case if he's calling for a moment of rememberance for a murderer who almost killed another person the same day. What a shame. I used to RESPECT Mos Def.

  • Iron Avenger

    I'm probably going to start a crapstorm with this one, but: RE: The Troy Davis story reminds me of George Stinney, Jr. the youngest person ever to be executed in the United States. In 1944, a 14 year old black kid was charge with murdering 2 white girls with a railroad stake. There was no investigation... Well in this case there was an investigation. 34 witnesses, ballistic evidence, and but for a technicality which threw out the warrant, they'd have had Troy's bloodstained clothes. Some of the witnesses were his own friends who ratted him out - and they knew the gun well because Troy shot someone in the face earlier that day, who survived and snitched to the cops, and ballistics matched. TL:DR - don't shoot someone in front of 34 people in a busy Burger King parking lot and expect to walk. RE: The fact that putting someone to DEATH with such little evidence 34 witnesses, a trial, ballistics. 22 years of appeals? "Such little evidence?" What are you people, stupid? RE: His Momma is dead Mos Def..Have you been following any of the coverage? I mean I agree with them paying tribute,but I think you should read before you make statements like this. It makes you look like you have no knowledge and just jumping on the bandwagon for publicity. Some black guy gets legally executed in Georgia for the execution style killing of a police officer, and thanks to Democrat/liberal misinformation campaigns, everyone thinks it was a case of Central Casting Klansmen dragging the nearest black guy out of the nearest shotgun shack and hanging him from a tree in full view of a burning cross. TL:DR - it's obvious that Mos Def doesn't know a damn thing about the case if he's calling for a moment of rememberance for a murderer who almost killed another person the same day. What a shame. I used to RESPECT Mos Def.

  • JG3

    I agree with Mos Def, I don't think BET will do it though but I think one of the artist should do or say something. The Troy Davis story reminds me of George Stinney, Jr. the youngest person ever to be executed in the United States. In 1944, a 14 year old black kid was charge with murdering 2 white girls with a railroad stake. There was no investigation, no evidence and no witnesses. They found this kid guilty on the words of a sheriff who said he confessed to it. NO records of that convession either. And the trial & sentencing was done in one day. The assinine comments as if this story is a 'whatever kind of story' or 'what's the point of it now' need to wake the fuck up.

  • true

    B.E.T. it'snot in your best interest to tribute this man..guilty or innocent what ever u beleive! the man was found guilty regardless of opinion

  • Kalvin King

    Nigguh please. lets do a tribute for all these kids gettin killed by their step fathers .

  • PRINCEJIMMY11

    There is a possibility that Troy Davis was guilty:Let's not act like it's 100% fact that he was innocent:To take that big of a leap with the chance that he was actually guilty would make a lot of people look bad but what should be brought up is the Death Penalty itself: The fact that putting someone to DEATH with such little evidence should be against the law:And not even the lack of evidence, the DOUBT:When there's that much doubt then I don't believe any person should be put to death:With ANY reasonable doubt a person should not even be found guilty let alone be put to death: The issue is not Troy Davis, the issue is the flawed system in which Casey Anthony is freed and Troy Davis is put to death and the circumstances around THIS PARTICULAR CASE should have not led to a death penalty and that's the issue BET should touch on:

  • Anonymous

    His Momma is dead Mos Def..Have you been following any of the coverage? I mean I agree with them paying tribute,but I think you should read before you make statements like this. It makes you look like you have no knowledge and just jumping on the bandwagon for publicity.

  • YOUNG

    ya seriously.. as if paying tribute to the man at the fuckin BET awards is going to accomplish anything. that's like blasting off guns and fireworks at football games for fallen soldiers. the killing of davis was unjust, but the man was on death row for years... where was mighty mos def during this whole time?

  • GSONII

    Even socially aware rappers are stunting nowadays. Def knows he should have made this statement weeks ago if he wanted this to really be brought to someone who matters attention. I understand that they just killed Troy last week but still this needed to come out before now.

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