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Video: Beyonce Knowles Dedicates 'A Change Is Gonna Come' to Detroit City

July 22, 2013 02:09:07 GMT

During her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour stop at Detroit's The Palace of Auburn Hills, the diva covers Sam Cooke's song for the city that has filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection.


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Beyonce Knowles brought her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour to Detroit's The Palace of Auburn Hills on Saturday night, July 20. During her show, the 31-year-old diva performed a cover of Sam Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna Come" and dedicated it to the Motor City, which filed for bankruptcy last week.

As she performed, the big screen behind her played a video montage that included Detroit landmarks and icons such as Aretha Franklin, Aaliyah, Eminem, Anita Baker, Kid Rock, and Berry Gordy, Jr. The video ended with the declaration, "Nothing Stops Detroit."

"This was a unique tribute to the history of an incredible city and a celebration of the strong spirit of its people," Beyonce's spokesperson told Billboard.

The dedication came on the heels of Detroit's bankruptcy filing last week. The city's debt is estimated at $18-20 billion, marking the largest bankruptcy filing for a city in the U.S. history.

Earlier that day, Beyonce and husband Jay-Z supported Trayvon Martin's family by attending a New York City protest of Stand Your Ground law. The protest in NYC was one of 100 similar protests that were held around the country. It came after George Zimmerman, who fatally shot the 17-year-old unarmed Trayvon, was acquitted of murder last week.

"Jay-Z and Beyonce said they didn't want to speak and they didn't come for a photo op," MSNBC's Al Sharpton said of the music moguls' attendance. "Beyonce put a beautiful message up on Instagram. Let me tell you, that before a lot of you were down, Jay-Z always supported us."

"Jay-Z told me, 'I'm a father. Beyonce is a mother.' We all feel the pain and apprehension -- the law must protect everybody, or it doesn't protect anybody," the 58-year-old civil rights activist continued. "We do not come from hate, we come from love of children."



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posted by fingerssfv on Jul 22, 2013
If Zims was beating down Tray, and Tray pulled a gun and killed Zims would there be even one protest? So it is OK for the black punk to shoot old Whitey, but woah unto Zims for stopping the senseless beatdown? The snot nosed punk would not stop at one. No, his path in life led down to incarceration or eventual death. Who is blind enough to deny that? His demise was already set in stone. Blame Zims for his reaction to another's vicious action. Blame the 2nd Guy not the bully. That is so illogical. You hit me. I hit you back. I get punished. But for the culprit, he skates. That is the oldest illogical thinking I know of. Be victimized then let's see how you feel. I am not condoning what Zims did, but I do condemn the one who iniated the violent behavior. You stop that and there is no killing, is there?

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