Rappers Lecrae, Aaron Cole Join Kirk Franklin’s Dove Awards Boycott Over Speech Censoring

Four years ago, Christian rap star Lecrae was named Artist of the Year at the GMA Dove Awards, and he performed and presented on its stage two weeks ago.

As of Monday, it doesn’t sound like he’ll be back any time soon.

US hip-hop artist Lecrae poses for the photographers upon his arrival for the 2019 NBA Awards at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California, USA, 24 June 2019 (issued 25 June 2019). The 2019 NBA Awards will be the 3rd annual awards show by the National Basketball Association (NBA). (Photo: ETIENNE LAURENT, EPA-EFE)

Lecrae is among several prominent musicians showing their support for Kirk Franklin and his boycott of the Dove Awards.

Franklin is boycotting the show after his acceptance speech at this year’s ceremony was edited for television, removing his comments on Atatiana Jefferson, the 28-year-old who was shot and killed in her home by a Fort Worth police officer.

In a video posted to social media Monday morning, Frankin said that this was the second time his speech at a Doves ceremony had been edited to remove a statement on officer-related shootings.

At the 2016 awards — following the killing of five police officers at a protest in Dallas — he said, “When police are killed, we need to say something. When black boys are killed, we need to say something. And when we don’t say something, we’re saying something.” 

His boycott post has received thousands of comments, including one from Lecrae.

“I only came (to the Doves) cause you came,” the rapper told Franklin via Instagram. “You know I’m out.”

Franklin’s supporters also include rapper Aaron Cole, who was named Best New Artist at this year’s Doves — “We out then,” he wrote.

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SOURCE: Nashville Tennessean
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