Protests and riots over the last two weeks lit the match to ignite unity opposing the ongoing racial injustice around the globe. We’re living in a moment of time that we will forever remember. The moment the world witnessed George Floyd, yet another unarmed black man, die with an officer’s knee in his neck as he begged, “I can’t breathe” while other officers neglected to help. Since the video went viral, tens of thousands of protesters have been arrested, many of which can’t afford their bail and are therefore falling victim to the prison system.
There have been copious amounts of celebrities and everyday civilians that have been donating to various funds and organizations in order to support the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, this includes numerous artists and companies in the music industry. Atlantic Records initiated Blackout Tuesday for all music businesses to halt their normal production and take the time to reflect on future action.
“The show must be paused. In observance of the long-standing racism and inequality that exists from the boardroom to the boulevard.”Atlantic Records Director of Marketing, Jamila Thomas
Artists such as Janelle Monáe, Kehlani, and Noname have donated to the Minnesota Freedom Fund. Even Kanye West has donated over two million dollars to support the families of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, a representative for West told CNN. These are merely a few examples in an ocean of donors and BLM advocates. The movement has brought together everyday individuals, music artists, and celebrities of all kinds, all uniting with a common goal of ensuring peace and equality for all races.
Beyond individual artists themselves, Sony Music Group announced that they are launching a $100 million dollar fund to support social justice and anti-racist initiatives around the world.
“Racial injustice is a global issue that affects our artists, songwriters, our people and of course society at large. We stand against discrimination everywhere and we will take action accordingly with our community fully involved in effectively using these funds”. -Sony
If you would like to help support the BLM protests, below are some links to funds you can donate to now. We are all in this together!