Justine Skye Joins the Take a Knee Movement While Singing the National Anthem at the Nets Game

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Over the weekend, R&B singer Justine Skye made a political stance in a really bold move and used her gig singing the national anthem at the Brooklyn Nets Friday game (Oct. 20) against the Orlando Magic to do so. While effortlessly slaying the song with her vocals, the Brooklyn native ceremoniously dropped to her knee to ironically show the world where she stands. Alongside Colin Kaepernick and his efforts to create visibility about the injustices facing the black community in this country underneath a constitution that is supposed to be for the justice, liberty, and equality for all.

The 22-year-old’s move was particularly bold because she took a knee at an NBA game. Whereas the NFL recently ruled that players would not be penalized for demonstrating their freedom of speech and kneeling during the national anthem was not against the rules, the NBA has taken quite a different stance. The NBA requires that all players, coaches, trainers, etc. must stand during the national anthem.

Knowing this, Skye still took to her knee at the end of the song, shoulders back, head held proudly. Of course, the songstress received both praise and opposition from the crowd, but there is no doubt that her move was a courageous one. The NBA were unaware that Skye would make such a display during her performance.

Skye took to her social media to share the video of what had happened when she sang the anthem at the Nets game and took a knee. She captioned the video, saying, “Got a bit shaky at the end…was pretty uneasy about singing the anthem and probably won’t ever be invited to sing it again but I had to take a knee for the opening game in my city and let my voice be heard. We will not be silenced.”

The self-proclaimed Purple Unicorn further punctuated her actions with the hashtag #blacklivesmatter, showing her solidarity for justice once again.

Photo Credit: Justine Skye/Instagram

Sheriden Chanel is a twenty-something writer, Beyoncé enthusiast, and lover of all things visual art. Keep up with her and her musings on social via @indiebyline.