“There’s only one person in this race who said Black Lives Matter,” Empire‘s Bryshere Gray says in a new pro-Hillary Clinton ad directed by Lee Daniels. Coming just one day after Clinton running mate Tim Kaine and GOP No. 2 contender Mike Pence debate, the one-minute ad from the co-creator of the hit Fox hip-hop drama — which aired during tonight’s episode — lists off Trayvon Martin and other victims of gun violence and makes a plea for the former New York senator as the candidate of tolerance. With passing but direct reference to GOP nominee Donald Trump, the millennial-targeted ad urges young Americans to get out and vote.
Along with Gray and Daniels, the spot also features Empire matriarch Taraji P. Henson and her co-stars Trai Byers, Jussie Smollett, Tasha Smith, Gabourey Sidibe and Grace Byers. Empire patriarch Terrence Howard is not featured in the ad.
The ad further solidifies Daniels’ support for Clinton and raisies issues concerning the African-American issues that he has expressed throughout this campaign. The Oscar-nominated director was a speaker at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
Like President Barack Obama, the former Secretary of State has been a massive beneficiary of Hollywood support both on the campaign trail and in the coffers. In the final weeks of the campaign, Team Hillary is making a distinct and focused effort to infuse young voters who helped put Obama in office in 2008 and 2012 — using the cast of the biggest scripted show on the Big 4 certainly is a move in that direction, they hope.