Amber Riley played out a touching tribute for her late “Glee” co-star Naya Rivera on Thursday’s scene of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” The entertainer and artist, whose artist moniker is Riley, sang her new track named “A Moment,” to pay tribute to Rivera, who passed on in July. Rivera was 33 years of age.
“Now I need a moment alone with my soul, I can’t stop these thoughts, I need these,” Riley sang, while photographs of Rivera were extended behind her. “I’m ready to fight, I’m ready to see what’s on the other side. I’m ready to cry and just let it be.”
“Jimmy Kimmel Live!” visitor have Lil Rel Howery presented the exhibition, saying, “Not too long ago, we both lost a really good friend in a tragic accident and we both will miss her forever.”
Hosting on the day after the games world came to a standstill and soon after Donald Trump acknowledged his selection for reelection at the RNC, Howery shared an incredible discourse, which stressed the real factors of life for Black individuals in America.
Howery talked about the coronavirus pandemic, the significance of voting and his confidence in the need to undermine the police, saying, “That funding can go somewhere else, especially if you’re not going to use the funding to protect or do your job properly.”
The entertainer and comedian additionally supported Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown and Jacob Blake, who endure being shot multiple times by police in Kenosha, Wis. prior this month.
“That’s why I want to give a shout-out to the WNBA and the NBA,” Howery said. “They have been using their platform to standup for social injustices. That’s right.
I am proud of them. They boycotted, they didn’t even play for the last few days – I think that’s super dope. They don’t care about their paychecks, they don’t care about the entertainment part of it – they know what’s wrong is wrong, and they’re standing up for that.”
He proceeded: “Because, there’s a lot going on when you think about the Black people in our country and the police. That relationship is so broken – so broken.”
Riley’s exhibition came later in the show, saluting her co-star in the hit Fox musical series. After Rivera’s passing, Riley presented on Instagram that her previous co-star her “favorite duet partner,” expressing: “I love you. I miss you. I don’t have words right now, just lots of feelings. Rest In Peace Angel, and know that your family will never have to worry about anything.”
Rivera was most popular for her pivotal job as Santana Lopez on the hit Fox musical series, while Riley played Mercedes Jones. One of the pair’s most paramount two part harmonies was the “Rumor Has It”/“Someone Like You” mashup in the show’s third season.
“Our queen is singing for our other queen. Thankful for @MsAmberPRiley always. She’s the strongest. Can’t wait to watch,” their “Glee” co-star Kevin McHale composed on Twitter in front of the exhibition.
Riley’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” appearance comes ahead of time of her new EP, out Oct. 2, which she subsidized and leader delivered as an independent artist.
“I’m my own boss, my own decision maker, and my own marketing team. I WISH I had the power a major machine behind me would to get things out quicker, but I don’t,” Riley composed via online media. “But what I do have is ownership of my s—. I’m no slave, I own my masters Woman shrugging the project is coming, because this time, no one can tell me [no]. So…stay tuned and get ready. This music is playin NO GAMES. I came with a vocal and a pen ready to slay the girls.”
Riley has additionally as of late transformed her VIP into activism, beginning the social equity activity #unMUTEny, which vows to “end Black silence in the entertainment industry, hold power structures accountable for suppressing Black experiences and confront microaggressions with courage.”
Clarifying why she’s not, at this point reluctant to take a stand in opposition to racial foul play on-screen and off, Riley told Variety in June, “I’ve made my money. I can continue to make money in the background. I can be a part of a production team, and you don’t even know my ass is there, and be making more than being in front of the camera. There’s not going to be anyone that’s going to be able to stop me.”