BET Awards 2017: Stars Seek to Unify Black Community

While mega-award winning artist Beyonce led the BET Awards with seven nominations and Bruno Mars right behind her with five nominations, taking home awards wasn’t the only thing that was on the minds of the stars.

Coming off the heels of a week where the country saw non-guilty verdicts and a mistrial in the police shooting deaths of Philando Castile, Sylville Smith, and Samuel DuBose, noticeable this year were the number of young artists and entertainers who seemingly doubled down on last year’s efforts to rally viewers and the black community around issues of social justice.