Actor Nick Cannon, who lives in Saddle River, marched in Chicago Friday night alongside NFL Player J’Marcus Webb and local community activists and religious leaders for peace, in the aftermath of the shooting deaths of African American men Alton Sterling and Philando Castile by police, as well as the deaths of five police officers in Dallas by a sniper during a protest rally. According to NBC Chicago, Nick said, “I want to do much more than just hashtag. I want to be a body. So I’m here…It is a trying time in our country, in our world. It’s very apparent that we’re all in pain and we’re frustrated.”
Nick is just one of many New Jersey celebrities speaking out on the issues of gun violence and police brutality. Queen Latifah discussed racism and her police officer family members on Today, while stars such as Puff Daddy, Faith Evans, Missy Elliott, Anne Hathaway and Susan Sarandon posted on social media about the tragic deaths of Sterling and Castile.
Nick also marched in New York City on Thursday and told Entertainment Tonight, “Obviously myself whether it’s my poetry or my spoken word, me on social media, or even me in interviews, I’ve been quite outspoken for the past few years. And I like to practice what I preach so I’m in these communities constantly and taking meetings with district attorneys about criminal justice reform and prison reform. And it’s so important, I mean, I’ve been given the spotlight so I want to say the proper things at the proper times.”
He added, “I know we’re all upset about a lot of things that are going on. Instead of getting out and just talking about it, I’m really trying to do it.”
Nick closed out his Friday night deejaying at The Underground club with Emmy Award winner Billy Dec.