STARS SHUT DOWN WEBSITES FOR BLACKOUT TUESDAY – (06/03/2020)
Selena Gomez was among the many stars who shuttered their official websites yesterday in support of Blackout Tuesday.
Selena was one of the many pausing for the day and seeking out ways to lift up the black community and call for justice of racial inequality in America. She also listed several organizations to visit, including Black Lives Matter, When We All Vote, Color of Change and the NAACP. Her new Rare Beauty company also joined Blackout Tuesday.
Rihanna also closed up shop on her brand Fenty and made a promise to donate funds Color Of Change and Movement For Black Lives.
Christina Aguilera, Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Justin Bieber, Post Malone and many others also shut down for the day, posting nothing but black squares while participating in #TheShowMustBePaused in response to the death of George Floyd.
Others participating included Maren Morris, Drake, Coldplay, Ricky Martin, Normani, Green Day, Meghan Trainor, Dua Lipa, Elton John, Billy Joel and many more.
The movement gained momentum after Jamila Thomas and Brianna Agyemang launched #TheShowMustBePaused in response to the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and “countless other Black citizens at the hands of police,” the initiative’s website stated.
However, Lil Nas X believed the initiative would “slow down” the momentum.
“I know y’all mean well but… bro saying stop posting for a day is the worst idea ever,” the “Old Town Road” artist tweeted, later adding, “I just really think this is the time to push as hard as ever. I don’t think the movement has ever been this powerful. We don’t need to slow it down by posting nothing. We need to spread info and be as loud as ever.”
He also wrote that “this is not helping us” and that people “need to see what’s going on.” “Not tryna be announcing but what if we posted donation and petitions links on Instagram all at the same time instead of pitch black images,” he wrote.
In addition, some celebrities including Kehlani, Lizzo and Kumail Nanjiani, urged participants to not use the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter along with their posts for a good reason.
“Hey everybody, when you post your black square, please don’t use the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter because it is flooding the hashtag search with just black pictures instead of information,” Lizzo said. “So if you’re going to post a black square, post a black square and say it but don’t hashtag it.”
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THE WEEKND, DRAKE EACH DONATE $100K TO NATIONAL BAIL OUT – (06/03/2020)
The Weeknd and Drake have both donated $100,000 to National Bail Out after singer-songwriter Mustafa the Poet encouraged them to donate.
Mustafa the Poet himself gave $400.
National Bail Out is a black-led collective working to end pre-trial detention, specifically for black women.
Mustafa the Poet shared a screenshot of The Weeknd’s $100,000 receipt, while Drake posted his own receipt on Instagram Stories.
The Weeknd gave an additional $200,000 to the Black Lives Matter Global Network and $200,000 to the Colin Kaepernick Know Your Rights Camp Legal Defense Initiative, bringing his donations to $500,000 in total.
Singers Janelle Monáe, Harry Styles and Kehlani have also donated to organizations.
Other stars showed their support by joining protests across the country. Nick Cannon, Ariana Grande, Halsey, Tinashe and others shared photos from demonstrations.
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KIM KARDASHIAN WEST OFFERS TO HELP PAY BILLS FOR WOMAN INJURED IN PROTEST – (06/03/2020)
Kim Kardashian West wants to help a young protester whose face was severely injured during a peaceful protest. The 39-year-old mother of four took to social media to share a photo of the girl whose face was damaged by a rubber bullet while speaking out against the murder of George Floyd.
She captioned the shot: “This is heartbreaking and so disturbing. Does anyone know how I can get in contact with her? I would love to help her with her medical care if she needs it.”
Followers pointed her to the account of @shannynsharyse who shared the same shot, captioning it: “I was protesting tonight. I was recording everything when I got hit with a rubber bullet. This is the result.”
She also shared West’s message and corrected a few details, explaining that she is from Louisville, Kentucky, and 23 years old, instead of a high schooler protesting in Minneapolis.
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JAY Z AND TEAM ROC TAKES OUT FULL PAGE NEWPAPER AD TO HONOR GEORGE FLOYD – (06/03/2020)
Yesterday (June 2nd) Jay Z And Team Roc took out a full page newpaper ads expressing their support for George Floyd. The ad features a long quote from the speech Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered during a sermon in Selma, Alabama on March 8th, 1965.
The quote read, “A man dies when he refuses to stand up for that which is right. A man dies when he refuses to stand up for justice. A man dies when he refuses to take a stand for that which is true.”
The “letter” is signed by a number of celebs, activists and thought leaders including Michael Eric Dyson Van Jones, Charlamagne tha God, Angela Rye and activists from organizations like The Innocence Project and Until Freedom.
The ad was in yesterday’s (June 2nd) The New York Times, the Denver Post, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Atlanta Journal Constitution and more.
TIKTOK BLAMES TECH GLITCH ON SUPPRESSING VIEW COUNTS OF #BLACKLIVESMATTER: TikTok said that a “technical glitch” last week made it seem like videos using #BlackLivesMatter and #GeorgeFloyd hashtagsdidn’t have any views. Many users called the company out for censorship, but execs claim it was “a display issue,” adding that videos with the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag have currently generated more than 2 billion views, Variety reports.
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