Photos: Black lives celebrated and mourned at emotional BET Awards

Black power, suffering and the fight for justice took center stage at the BET awards on Sunday, the first Black celebrity event in the United States since nationwide mass protests broke out this month over systemic racism.The show, which celebrates Black excellence in music, film, sports and philanthropy, was filled with speeches, songs, images of protests and the names of dozens of Black men and women who have died at the hands of police in recent years.The awards show, broadcast live for the first time in its 20-year history on America’s mainstream CBS channel, featured commercials from the likes of Coca-Cola, Ford, Nissan, P&G, L’Oreal and Facebook that both celebrated the achievements of Black people and highlighted the challenges they face. Da Baby’s performance of “Rockstar” began with the rapper singing while lying on the ground under the knee of a police officer, in a recreation of last month’s arrest and death of George Floyd in Minneapolis that sparked the protests.

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In this video grab issued Sunday, June 28, 2020, by BET, rapper DaBaby performs "Rockstar" as an actor playing a police officer presses his knee on DaBaby's neck, replicating the last few moments of George Floyd's life, during the BET Awards. (AP)

In this video grab issued Sunday, June 28, 2020, by BET, rapper DaBaby performs "Rockstar" as an actor playing a police officer presses his knee on DaBaby's neck, replicating the last few moments of George Floyd's life, during the BET Awards. (AP)

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In this video grab issued Sunday, June 28, 2020, by BET, Chloe Bailey, left, and Halle Bailey, of Chloe x Halle, perform during the BET Awards. (AP)

In this video grab issued Sunday, June 28, 2020, by BET, Chloe Bailey, left, and Halle Bailey, of Chloe x Halle, perform during the BET Awards. (AP)

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In this video grab issued Sunday, June 28, 2020, by BET, Masego performs during the BET Awards. (AP)

In this video grab issued Sunday, June 28, 2020, by BET, Masego performs during the BET Awards. (AP)

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In this video grab issued Sunday, June 28, 2020, by BET, Jennifer Hudson performs during the BET Awards. (AP)

In this video grab issued Sunday, June 28, 2020, by BET, Jennifer Hudson performs during the BET Awards. (AP)

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In this video grab issued Sunday, June 28, 2020, by BET, host Amanda Seales speaks during the BET Awards. (AP)

In this video grab issued Sunday, June 28, 2020, by BET, host Amanda Seales speaks during the BET Awards. (AP)

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In this video grab issued Sunday, June 28, 2020, by BET, Kane Brown performs during the BET Awards. (AP)

In this video grab issued Sunday, June 28, 2020, by BET, Kane Brown performs during the BET Awards. (AP)

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In this video grab issued Sunday, June 28, 2020, by BET, John Legend performs during the BET Awards. (AP)

In this video grab issued Sunday, June 28, 2020, by BET, John Legend performs during the BET Awards. (AP)

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In this video grab issued Sunday, June 28, 2020, by BET, Wayne Brady performs a tribute to the late Little Richard during the BET Awards. (AP)

In this video grab issued Sunday, June 28, 2020, by BET, Wayne Brady performs a tribute to the late Little Richard during the BET Awards. (AP)

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In this video grab issued Sunday, June 28, 2020, by BET, Summer Walker, left, and Usher perform during the BET Awards. (AP)

In this video grab issued Sunday, June 28, 2020, by BET, Summer Walker, left, and Usher perform during the BET Awards. (AP)

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In this video grab issued Sunday, June 28, 2020, by BET, Megan Thee Stallion performs during the BET Awards. (AP)

In this video grab issued Sunday, June 28, 2020, by BET, Megan Thee Stallion performs during the BET Awards. (AP)

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In this video grab issued Sunday, June 28, 2020, by BET, Lil Wayne performs a tribute to the late Kobe Bryant during the BET Awards. (AP)

In this video grab issued Sunday, June 28, 2020, by BET, Lil Wayne performs a tribute to the late Kobe Bryant during the BET Awards. (AP)

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In this video grab issued Sunday, June 28, 2020, by BET, Keedron Bryant performs "I Just Wanna Live" during the BET Awards. (AP)

In this video grab issued Sunday, June 28, 2020, by BET, Keedron Bryant performs "I Just Wanna Live" during the BET Awards. (AP)

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