If you missed Cynthia Erivo’s Tony Award winning Performance as Miss Celie in last season’s Broadway revival of The Color Purple, you missed a performance of a lifetime. Her voice and ability to emotionally connect with a song are beyond compare. That talent was on display again in Los Angeles this week at the 28th Annual GLAAD Media Awards. Erivo’s soaring and heartbreaking rendition of John Lennon’s “Imagine,” was a tribute to the victims of the Pulse Nightclub massacre and transgender women who have been murdered in hate crimes.
According to Playbill.com,
“Actor Jussie Smollett introduced the performance and a table of survivors from the Orlando tragedy who were in attendance. Instead of a moment of silence, he called for a moment of noise to stand up against hate violence, saying, “Orlando was not just a tragedy, it was a wake-up call. We are not safe. We are not accepted. Our lives are in danger. We must end the hate that is spreading, from the senseless killings in Orlando, to the bathroom bill in Texas, to the streets of New Orleans and other cities where eight trans women have been murdered so far this year.”
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