Sarah Terry
August 01, 2016 2:34 pm
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The Teen Choice Awards are a fun day to celebrate the shows, artists and stars that teens have voted on to win an award. Celebrities walk the red carpet in fashionable but more casual and fun outfits. Winners are handed surfboards as their prize. But last night, Jessica Alba and Ne-Yo used their platform to make a powerful statement about the recent violence in our country.

Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words.

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Jessica stood on stage with teens whose lives have been touched by violence. These included the brother of a young boy who was killed in Newtown, wounded victims of the Orlando shooting and Alton Sterling’s son, who recently lost his father.

Jessica was then joined onstage by Ne-Yo, and the two of them had a simple message.

#StopTheViolence

“We need to come together, as one.” #StopTheViolence was immediately trending on twitter, as fans and celebrities took to social media to stand with their message.

It was a somber moment in a usually upbeat evening, but it was an important reminder to continue building awareness and speaking out. The outpouring of support and solidarity made us hopeful that, as they said, we can do better and we need to do better. We hope the message resonated with others as much as it did with us.

Let’s all spread a little love today.

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