Janelle Monae, a Fallen Security Barrier and Other Top Moments From the 2018 Global Citizen Festival

Monae voiced her solidarity with sexual assault survivors, and a security barrier that fell caused brief panic

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Headliners for the 7th Annual Global Citizen Festival featured Janelle Monae, John Legend, Shawn Mendes, Cardi B, Janet Jackson and The Weeknd. 

The day-long event, which encourages attendees to become active in social issues, including reducing the amount of single-use plastic, bail bond policies that unfairly target minorities and the poor and providing every child with access to quality education, and more, was attended by nearly 60,000 people. 

Janelle Monae took the stage and addressed Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's allegations of sexual assault by Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh. 

“So today, I’m standing here with my sisters on this stage, and with you. And, we want to send a message loud and clear to survivors here and all over the world; let’s make sure that they know that these 60,000 global citizens right here in this audience have got your back.”

There was a "brief panic" at the festival after a security barrier fell and concertgoers confused the noise for gunshots. 

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