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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 26: Pharrell Williams speaks onstage during Global Citizen Presents Global Goal Live: The Possible Dream at St. Ann’s Warehouse on September 26, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Global Citizen)

After the shooting death of his cousin in March 2020 by a Virginia Beach officer and a lack of response from the City over the shooting, Pharrell is pulling his “Something In The Water” festival. Pharrell wrote a letter explaining his decision to the Virginia Beach City Manager. (Click HERE to read the letter)  The City Manager responded by asking for a sit down meeting.

In 2019, Pharrell debuted the music festival in his hometown of Virginia Beach. Acts like Jay-Z, Diddy, Usher, Snoop and more performed. The festival was canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic. Something In The Water brought $41 million into Virginia Beach in 2019.

Lissen, I grew up in Virginia Beach.  As a matter of fact, I graduated from the same high school as Pharrell’s Neptunes partner, Chad Hugo.  I know all too well the “toxic” environment that Pharrell is speaking of.  I stand with Pharrell and hope that REAL changes are made in the 757.