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Jesse Williams, Rashida Jones and More React to Police Shootings: 'I Can't Wake Up to Another Innocent Black Man Gone'

Originally posted 07/07/2016 01:00PM

Expressing outrage and demanding change, celebrities including John Legend, Justin Timberlake, and Jesse Williams are speaking out on social media after two African-American men, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, were killed in officer-related shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota earlier this week within a 48-hour span.

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Jesse Williams Speaks Out About Petition to Get Him Fired from Grey's Anatomy: 'Not a Single Sane Sentence in Their Claim'

Originally posted 07/06/2016 10:00PM

Jesse Williams has issued a response regarding the petition to get him fired from Grey's Anatomy due to his BET Awards acceptance speech.

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Ellen Pompeo Posts Playful Vacation Video with Jesse Williams amid Firing Petition Drama

Originally posted 07/05/2016 04:00PM

No petition is getting these Grey's Anatomy stars down!

On Tuesday, Ellen Pompeo took to Instagram to share a fun video in the Hawaiian surf with Grey's costar Jesse Williams.

"When you vacation with @ijessewilliams and he's afraid to lose to you in a paddle board race," Pompeo, 46, captioned the first picture which showcased her balancing on a paddle board next to Williams in Maui.

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Alice Walker Celebrates 'Gorgeous' Jesse Williams in New Poem Inspired by His Moving BET Awards Speech

Originally posted 07/01/2016 03:20PM

Jesse Williams has a new fan – and, like him, she has a way with words.

Inspired by the Grey's Anatomy star's powerful speech at the 2016 BET Awards, Alice Walker penned a poem that she posted on her website.

"Here It Is" addresses "fear of blackness in white culture," according to the Color Purple author in an introduction to the piece.

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Stacey Dash Criticizes Jesse Williams' BET Awards Speech and Calls Him 'the Perfect Example of a Hollywood Plantation Slave'

Stacey Dash Criticizes Jesse Williams' BET Awards Speech and Calls Him 'the Perfect Example of a Hollywood Plantation Slave'

Originally posted 06/30/2016 08:00PM

Many of this year's BET Awards attendees and viewers praised Jesse Williams for his Humanitarian Award acceptance speech. The actor was honored for his efforts to raise awareness of the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Grey's Anatomy Star Jesse Williams on His Powerful BET Awards Speech: I Want People to Know 'They Are Not Alone'

Grey's Anatomy Star Jesse Williams on His Powerful BET Awards Speech: I Want People to Know 'They Are Not Alone'

Originally posted 06/27/2016 07:20PM

Grey's Anatomy star Jesse Williams says his powerful speech at Sunday's 2016 BET Awards was about letting people know they aren't alone.

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5 Things You Need to Know About Grey's Anatomy Actor Jesse Williams' Passion for Activism

Originally posted 06/27/2016 12:20PM

On Sunday, Grey's Anatomy star Jesse Williams was awarded the Humanitarian Award and delivered a powerful speech at the 2016 BET Awards.

The actor-activist spoke out about racial issues, social justice and even cultural appropriation in the applaud-inducing speech – the address prompted a Twitter debate and even landed Justin Timberlake in the hot seat after he tweeted about the speech.

"Freedom is somehow always conditional here," he said. " 'You're free,' they keep telling us … freedom is always coming in the hereafter, but, you know what, though? The hereafter is a hustle. We want it now."

Even though he is one of the biggest stars on Grey's Anatomy (he plays Dr. Jackson Avery) Williams tends to stay out of the spotlight and keep his personal life private – except when it comes to social justice.

The moving address was just a small extension of Williams' activism, as he has long been an active member of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Here are five things you need to know about the Chicago native and his fight for equal rights.

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UpdatePosted 06/27/2016 10:15AM

Justin Timberlake Apologizes After Backlash over Tweet About Jesse Williams' Speech at the 2016 BET Awards

Originally posted 06/27/2016 07:45AM

Justin Timberlake ignited a social media storm on Sunday after tweeting about a moving speech delivered by Grey's Anatomy actor Jesse Williams at the 2016 BET Awards.

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WATCH: Grey's Anatomy Star Jesse Williams Delivers Powerful Speech on Racial Injustice at 2016 BET Awards: 'Just Because We're Magic Doesn't Mean We're Not Real'

Grey's Anatomy Star Jesse Williams Delivers Powerful Speech on Racial Injustice at 2016 BET Awards

Originally posted 06/27/2016 08:55AM

Grey's Anatomy star Jesse Williams delivered a powerful speech at the 2016 BET Awards on Sunday.

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