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Jay-Z per­formed his first head­lin­ing con­cert in three years in his home­town of New York City on Fri­day, a show that fea­tured his pop­u­lar hits and a ded­i­ca­tion to NFL player Colin Kaeper­nick. The Brook­lyn rap­per kicked off the first of three days of the Mead­ows Mu­sic and Arts Fes­ti­val at Citi Field in Queens, per­form­ing a 90-minute set that in­cluded his well-known songs as well as po­lit­i­cal mo­ments. “I want to ded­i­cate this song to Colin Kaeper­nick tonight,” Jay-Z said of “The Story of O.J.,” a song about black­ness and man­ag­ing money that also refers to O.J. Simp­son. “I want to ded­i­cate this to Dick Gre­gory. I want to ded­i­cate this song to any­one that was held back and you over­came,” he added about the song from his per­sonal and re­veal­ing al­bum, 4:44. Kaeper­nick be­came a po­lar­iz­ing fig­ure among NFL fans for his de­ci­sion to sit, and then kneel, dur­ing the na­tional an­them last sea­son to protest po­lice bru­tal­ity. Gre­gory, who died last month, was a co­me­dian and ac­tivist who broke racial bar­ri­ers in the 1960s and used his hu­mor to spread mes­sages of so­cial jus­tice and nu­tri­tional health.

U2 has can­celed a planned con­cert for Satur­day night in St. Louis, where crowds have been protest­ing the ac­quit­tal of a for­mer city po­lice of­fi­cer who had been fac­ing a mur­der charge in the shoot­ing death of a black driver. In a state­ment Satur­day morn­ing, the Ir­ish rock band — com­posed of Bono, David How­ell Evans, Adam Clay­ton and Larry Mullen Jr. — and en­ter­tain­ment com­pany LiveNa­tion said they had been “in­formed by the St. Louis Po­lice De­part­ment that they are not in a po­si­tion to pro­vide the stan­dard pro­tec­tion for our au­di­ence as would be ex­pected for an event of this size.” Fri­day night’s protests turned tense and some­times vi­o­lent as crowds de­scended on the home of St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krew­son. Protests had been on­go­ing since the an­nounce­ment Fri­day morn­ing of a bench rul­ing ac­quit­ting for­mer po­lice of­fi­cer Ja­son Stock­ley in the 2011 killing of An­thony La­mar Smith. U2 said fans who had pur­chased tick­ets to the show will be is­sued full re­funds. Singer-song­writer Ed Sheeran's con­cert, ini­tially sched­uled for tonight, was can­celed for the same rea­sons.

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