Empire stars Jussie Smollett, Yaz and Serayah performed three songs from the hit show at the BET Awards on Sunday night, doing a medley of “No Apologies,” “Drip Drop” and “You’re So Beautiful.” From the hit show Empire. During the performance Empire star Jussie Smollett (Jamal Lyon) gave us some simple but profound words on equality. Hit the jump for the details.

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In the middle of the last song, Smollett started to speak on the Supreme Court ruling in favor of gay marriage and the recent shootings in Charleston, South Carolina, Smollett spoke about progress and freedom in America.

“We live in a nation where freedom is what we represent, yet we are still fighting every day for the basic freedoms of all of our people. Let the Supreme Court ruling be proof of how far we have come. Let the deaths of sisters and brothers be proof of how far we have to go. No one is free until we are all free.” He ended with three words: “Stand for love.”