‘Empire’ Star Jussie Smollett Talks Marriage Equality and #BlackLivesMatter in Moving BET Awards Speech

During the Empire cast’s 2015 BET Awards performance on (Jun. 28, 2015), Jussie Smollett paused during his performance of “You’re So Beautiful” to deliver a powerful message.

“We live in a nation where freedom is what we represent, yet we are still fighting every day for the basic freedoms of all of our people,” he said. “Let the Supreme Court ruling be proof of how far we have come. Let the deaths of sisters and brothers be proof of how far we have to go. No one is free until we are all free.” He ended the performance with three simple words: “Stand for love.”

Following his words, Smollett launched back into “You’re So Beautiful,” singing the oh-so-appropriate “man love a man” version of the lyrics.

Jussie Smollett 2015 BET Awards
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Smollett, Yazz the Greatest and Serayah from performed three songs from the hit show at the BET Awards on Sunday night, playing a medley of “No Apologies,” “Drip Drop” and “You’re So Beautiful.” Watch their performance below.