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BET AWARDS PERFORMANCES WITH A MESSAGE: J. Cole Performs With 'Friends' Wale & Daniel Caesar + Meek Mill Highlights Prison Reform + Janelle Monae Empowers Women

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The 2018 BET Awards may have been a snoozefest for some. However, a few entertainers hit the stage with important messages. Get into J. Cole, Meek Mill and Janelle Monae's powerful messages inside...

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The 2018 BET Awards performances left us with some performances to keep us all "woke" out in these streets.

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Rapper J. Cole brought the "woke"vibes when he hit the stage to perform his track "Friends," a cut from his No. 1 hit album K.O.D. released in April 2018.

It was his first televised performance since dropping his newest album.

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He called up fellow rapper Wale, who made a silent cameo and singer Daniel Caesar to provide the background vocals.

The track starts with Cole having dialogue about addiction and how complicated it can be when someone is addicted to drugs. He offered up a solution to those battling demons: Meditation. And we all could use some daily.

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J. Cole was nominated in the Best Male Hip Hop Artist category that Kendrick Lamar ended up winning.

Peep J. Cole's performance below:



Another performance with a message...

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Since his release from prison, Meek Mill has been using his platform to shed light on police brutality and prison reform.

The MMG rapper served up a captivating performance of his new single, "Stay Woke," featuring Miguel. The "Dreams & Nightmares" rapper transformed the stage into Philly's vicious streets that are riddled with gun violence, police brutality and poverty.

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Meek had everyone's emotions high when a scene of a mother crying over her child's slain body took center stage. The Philly rapper also paid homage to two slain rappers, XXXTentacion and Pittsburgh rapper Jimmy Wopo, rocking a hoodie with potraits of the rappers on the front and back.

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On the carpet, he rocked a white tee shirt with the word "FREEDOM" writtern across the front.

Peep his powerful performance below:

Also hitting the stage...

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After representing for Pride Month in a tiered Nicolas Jebran rainbow gown on the carpet, Janelle Monae brought her Dirty Computer to the stage to empower women.

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The singer, in her signature black and white threads, flexed her raps skills while sitting on throne as she performed her single "Django Jane," a song that touches on the criticism of women's bodies and silencing their voices.

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The ArchAndroid then slid into her performance of "I Like It" bringing some pop flava to her performance.

Peep her performance below:


Photos: Getty




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