Actor and Comedian London Brown Says People Need to Know Their Role in the Fight for Social Justice
Many know London Brown for his role on the hit HBO show Ballers. Since the ending of Ballers he has stayed busy by being a stand-up comedian and booking other roles. Before his latest role as Funk legend, Bootsy Collins, on the hit BET show American Soul premieres, we spoke with him about the Black Lives Matter movement.
As a Black man living in America, London feels:
It's stressful being Black. First of all, Black people are the most copied people on the planet. Everyone loves our energy, our vibe, our music, our haircuts our style.
London believes that non-Black people should really be using their privilege to get us through the other side of history.
I need non-Black folks to go, standup and cause some havoc on our behalf. Your voice is accepted. Your voice is respected. Go down there and cause some noise. Be like, "we need some things in place that is going to protect [Black people] from police brutality."
On his recent run-in with the police, he shares:
I got pulled over by the police not too long ago because they thought that I was packing a gun who had threatened to murder somebody. The police pulled up on me. Put me in handcuffs and put me on my knees on the side of the curb.
On the idea that Black celebrities and public figures need to speak up for social injustice, London believes that everyone needs to know their role.
Do we really want to see Beyonce in the front of the march? Let's be honest, we wouldn't even believe that we saw Rihanna, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Rick Ross in front of a march. As Black people, we have to stop being so judgemental. People like that, let them cover the lawyer costs and things like that on the backend. Right now, I don't want them on the front lines. I don't need them for that. The people in the streets, handle the streets.
The HBO Ballers' actor also doesn't believe that white people should be marching at protests.
I don't even want white people marching during the protests. White people in the United States, their voice is heard, and it's so respected. I'm not saying don't be apart of the struggle at all. I'm saying use your voice that is so strong and so influential, take it to the state capitol. Basically, use your voice to talk to the white people that are in the position of power.
Check out the full interview below.