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“Lack of representation” brings Nick Cannon to anti-Trump rally during RNC in Cleveland.

Actor and rapper Nick Cannon joined Black Lives Matters protestors in Cleveland, Ohio, this week, where conservatives are holding the Republican National Convention.

Although Cannon’s presence with BLM activists was meant to highlight the GOP’s unwillingness to take a principled, firm stand against police brutality and criminal justice reform, which was epitomized on Tuesday by the party’s official coronation of Donald Trump for the American presidency, Cannon took the opportunity to criticize both political parties for their role in American racism and taking advantage of the Black vote.

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According to the Daily Mail, Cannon stated that Democrats and Republicans “aren’t speaking about our issues and they have been taking our votes for granted for far too long.”

Cannon justified his appearance by saying, “My community brought me down here today and the lack of representation for my community brought me down here today.”

Protests in Cleveland, Ohio, come just weeks after two Black men, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, were murdered by police officers. Cleveland was also the home of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old Black boy who was killed outside a recreational center by officer Timothy Loehmann in 2014. Loehmann was not convicted.

The killing of Black victims and lack of judicial reprisal has also incited lone shooters to seek vengeance on police officers in Dallas, Texas, and Baton Rouge, Louisana.


Antwan is an educator, cultural critic, actor, and writer for Wear Your Voice Mag (WYV), where he focuses on the dynamics of class, race, gender, politics, and pop culture. Prior to joining the team at WYV, he was an adjunct professor in the African American Studies Department at Valdosta State University in southern Georgia, where he taught African American Literature. He has traveled the U.S. and U.K. showcasing a fifty-five minute, one-person play titled Whitewash, which focuses on the state of black men in the post-civil rights era. Antwan received his B.A. in English and Literature from California State University, Dominguez Hills, and M.A. in African American Studies from University of California, Los Angeles. He is a Ronald E. McNair Scholar and NAACP theater nominee.

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