Pharrell Williams has been an honest figure in the entertainment industry for decades. The Grammy-winning singer and producer is also the driving force behind the Something in the Water music festival, which was first held in 2019 in her hometown of Virginia Beach, Virginia. But they decided to move the festival elsewhere.
Pharrell Williams’ cousin Donovan Lynch was murdered in Virginia Beach
In March 2021, there was another police shooting of an unarmed black man in Virginia Beach. Donovan Lynch, 25, was fatally shot by a Virginia Beach Police Department officer.
Lynch just so happened to be Pharrell Williams’ cousin. In a deleted Instagram post since the incident, he called the shooting “beyond a tragedy”.
“My cousin Donovan was killed during the shootout,” he said. “He is a bright light and someone who was always visible to others. It is important that my family and the families of other victims receive the transparency, honesty and justice they deserve. Virginia Beach is a symbol of hope and perseverance and a As a community, we will overcome this and come out stronger.
Pharrell Williams is driving something in the water due to corruption in Virginia Beach
Following the start of the Something in the Water festival in 2019, the 2020 and 2021 editions were canceled due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. But he announced in September 2021 that he was not going to bring Something in the Water back to Virginia Beach in 2022 because of how the city handled his cousin’s death.
“I love the city of Virginia Beach. I have always loved the city of Virginia Beach and most importantly our people,” he said Letter To Virginia Beach City Manager Patrick Duhany.
“When we did the festival, it was to reduce racial tensions, unite the region, bring opportunities for economic development and broaden the horizons of the local business community. We got those things!She said proudly. But she had a caveat. “I wish the energy I felt at losing the festival from the Virginia Beach leadership would have been channeled in the same way after the loss of my relative’s life. “
“I love my city, but it has been run by toxic energy for too long,” he continued. The toxic energy that changed the story several times around the murder of my cousin, Virginia citizen Donovan Lynch, is the same toxic energy that changed the story around the mass murder and senseless loss of life in Building No. . [in 2019]”
He categorically stated that the festival will not return until they see major changes at every level. “As long as the gatekeepers and the powers-that-be consider the citizens and the consumer base, and no longer view the idea of human rights for all as a controversial idea … I have no problem with the city, but I realize that the city has also not given importance to my proposed solutions.”
Pharrell Williams discovered this breakout artist in 2016
Virginia Beach officials don’t want the festival to be missed
Duhane and other Virginia Beach city officials were upset that Williams was moving out of town. In September 2021, before he put his foot down and confirmed that nothing would return to the water, Duhane sent him Letter Beg them to consider the impact of the festival on the city and its residents.
Duhane expressed “extreme disappointment” that Williams was pulling out, and cited the economic impact it would have on the city – to the tune of $24 million. “Something in the water made a huge impact on Virginia Beach and propelled the city into the national and international spotlight,” he said. “Positive messages of inclusivity and solidarity were heard, seen and – most important – felt.”
The status of Something in Water 2022 remains in the air.