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Meagan Good, Russell Simmons & More Release Final PSA For Voters Of Color

A group of Hollywood's elite wants you to hit the polls on Tuesday (Nov. 8). 

With a strong percentage of the country voting early for their presidential pick, the Artistic Alliance For Justice (AAJ) are reaching out to those who still haven't made up their minds.

Created by Steve Jones and Omar Epps, the PSA features Russell Simmons, Meagan Good, Tisha Campell-Martin, Cedric The Entertainer, Eva Marcille, Chris Spencer, Logan Browning and more. The celebs discuss the importance of voting and making a change in the most turbulent presidential race in decades. "As people of color, voter suppression is a living and breathing issue in our neighborhoods and communities," Jones tells Essence last week (Nov. 2). "Which is why I was so pleased to hear about the recent lawsuit filed by the Democratic Party to eliminate tactics such as these that are designed to stop people of color from exercising a civil liberty promised to each of us under the law. With that in mind, the goal in creating this PSA was to both educate and inform people of color about the tactics we must overcome at the polls, but first and foremost, to make sure that we realize the importance of actually SHOWING UP at the polls to let our voices be heard."

Throughout the PSA, a teary-eyed Good, Simmons and others explain the dire need to exercise the right to vote. While many have decided not to vote for neither Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, Simmons explains not voting creates more problems than solutions. "Not voting is an endorsement of the candidate that you didn’t choose," he said. "The state of our nation is in your hands.  Show up to the polls this November 8th."

Cedric The Entertainer also points out the importance of hitting the polls. "I vote to show that I give a damn! Or care about who, what and how someone else can affect my life and those of my loved ones," he says. "To serve as an "elected" official is a privilege that must be earned by the people who put their confidence in you to speak on their behalf.  Your vote let's them know you’re watching and expect results. We the People must be heard. Use your voice!"

Watch the full PSA below.

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