Beyonce Responds to Baltimore Riots: 'People Are Hurting'
By Alex Ungerman
As six Baltimore police officers now face criminal charges, including one second-degree murder charge, in the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray while in police custody, Beyonce is speaking out about the Baltimore riots.
On Thursday, the 33-year-old pop star called for donations on Instagram, writing, "People are hurting. Join us in supporting the NAACP to help in the cleanup efforts and to provide housing, food and supplies to those affected by the unrest in Baltimore."
Beyonce also re-posted Time Magazine's thought-provoking video cover to Instagram, which juxtaposes the violence and riots following the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968 to the situation in Baltimore today.
Beyonce isn't the only star who has responded to the unrest in Baltimore, which resulted in over 200 arrests, a reported 144 vehicle fires, 15 structural fires, and at least 15 injured officers.
Many people like 53-year-old rapper MC Hammer congratulated Baltimore chief prosecutor Marilyn Mosby on the charges made against the Baltimore police officers.
Baltimore actress Jada Pinkett Smith posted a moving letter to Facebook preaching non-violence as the residents of Baltimore search for answers.
Baltimore native and Olympian Michael Phelps encouraged Baltimore residents to band together, tweeting. "I love our city. And it's truly a great city and I know we're better than this. We can get through this together!"
And on Tuesday, President Barack Obama gave a statement on the Baltimore unrest.