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The Music World Reacts To Charleston Tragedy

Worshippers gather to pray in a hotel parking lot across the street from the scene of a shooting Wednesday, June 17, 2015, in Charleston, S.C. 
AP Photo/David Goldman
  – Worshippers gather to pray in a hotel parking lot across the street from the scene of a shooting Wednesday, June 17, 2015, in Charleston, S.C. AP Photo/David Goldman

Whenever controversial tragedies like that of Wednesday’s shooting at Charleston South Carolina’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church happen, the entire world reacts. Naturally, that includes the music and entertainment community. The larger representation and impact of this tragic incident is likely to echo in debate across cable news for days and possibly weeks to come. That said, we didn’t feel like it would be right to proceed with getting caught up on the week’s slightly fluffier genre focused stories without finding some way to use our platform to share in the solemn recognition of what is clearly part of a much larger problem for our great country. Linked here and here are two posts from billboard.com that shows a summary of celebrity musician reactions.

The first of these is from Beyonce’s related instagram post which says “My heart is with the families, loved ones, and all of those affected by the senseless tragedy in Charleston. May they rest in peace.”

The next is a cluster of reactions from artists like John Legend, NE-YO, Josh Groban, Sara Bareilles, Bruno Mars, Talib Kweli, Zendaya and others.

We’d like to join all of them, as well as many other people around the country, and say that our thoughts and prayers are sincerely with the families and loved ones of those that were killed, as well as the entire Charleston community.