A number of musical artists have publicly signed a Change.org petition asking for Texas prisoner Rodney Reed’s execution to be stopped, and shared it on social media. Signees include Rihanna, Pusha T, Beyoncé, Questlove, Meek Mill, and T.I., Pitchfork reports. Reed was convicted in 1998 by an all-white jury for the 1996 murder of Stacey Stites. In the face of his execution, now scheduled for November 20th, new evidence has reportedly emerged that could shed light on his innocence. Beyoncé wrote to Texas Governor Greg Abbott on her website, “Please take a hard look at the substantial evidence in the Rodney Reed case that points to his innocence. Be honest. Be fair. Give him back his life.” Other artists’ tweets about the petition can be seen below.
— Questlove from @SongsThatShook Oct 13th @AMC_tv (@questlove) November 4, 2019
— T.I. (@Tip) November 4, 2019
— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) November 4, 2019
— Rihanna (@rihanna) November 4, 2019
— King Push (@PUSHA_T) November 5, 2019
Written By: Jack Denton