Actor Jamie Foxx spoke during the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington on Wednesday where he encouraged fellow entertainers like Kanye West and Jay-Z to become civil rights leaders in the mold of Martin Luther King Jr. and Jesse Jackson.

“Everybody my age, and all the entertainers, it’s time for us to stand up now and renew this dream,” Foxx told the crowd at the Lincoln Memorial. “That’s what we gotta do.”

Foxx revealed a dinner he and his daughter had recently with civil rights activist and actor/musician Harry Belafonte. He said the legendary actor spoke about marching in protest of Jim Crow laws with leaders like King and Jackson.

“What we need to do now is the young folks pick it up now, so that when we’re 87 years old, talking to the young folks, we can say it was me, Will Smith, Jay-Z, Kanye, Alicia Keys, Kerry Washington, the list goes on and on,” Foxx said.

The actor disregarded his prepared speech and simply spoke from the heart. Foxx admitted that a recent event in the news moved him to speak out.

“I was affected by the Trayvon Martin situation, I was affected by Newtown, I was affected by Sandy Hook,” he said. “It’s time for us now to pick up.”

(Photo: Shevry Lassiter)

7 thoughts on “VIDEO: Jamie Foxx Challenges Kanye & Jay Z to be Civil Rights Leaders

  1. Breaking News: White Guy Gets $3.25M in Racial Discrimina​tion Case (Source) Perhaps, he got justice- What about this article? Will anyone help them get Justice?

    50 years MLK Day celebration: KKK Threat saddens my heart. They’re marching I’m still dealing with racism, unfair education system and violations of injustices. 50 years later, there is less of an” innocent until proven guilty system.” There is less interest in remedy injustices and equal rights. There is almost no interest in discovering the truth. People that can provide legal help, don’t have time unless you have the money. By the time a poor person can save the money, the statue time of limitations is up. This plan works out perfect for the persons and corporations in the wrong. However, it keeps the oppressed depressed for they have waited so long for nothing.
    Their justice fighting went from days to years without seeing JUSTICE come to light. The court will not hear the long kept evidence. So, while we cry for help, they flip the calendar of no justice.

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  2. Jay Z and Kanye aren’t going to do nothing but continue to exploit the black community with all that garbage they call music. It’s obvious they care more about their pockets. They don’t care about being leaders (unless it’s leading the list of the richest men in America). They don’t have the balls to stand up. Two punks with money.

      • Exactly. All races buy their product, but not all people. No one can exploit you against your will. Thinking they can, is a victim attitude. Of you don’t like it, don’t buy it, or allow it in your house. It’s simple.
        Also, celebrities can’t be left solely responsible for changing the world. Everyone must do their part.

  3. the Timekeeper on said:

    I love Jamie Foxx, but I am uncertain whether or not we should be calling other folks out based upon our own personal definition of activism.

    • I don’t think the title of the article was accurate. He was speaking to his peers, but I agree that activism t takes different forms. Most importantly, it begins at home and spreads abroad. Meaning that we have to get or families together first. Everything we do may not be on a grand scale and receive acclaim, but we must do something to help someone else.

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