Celebrities Who Are Joining the Black Lives Matter Movement In Meaningful Ways

Across America, Black Lives Matter protests erupted after a video of then Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, crushing George Floyd’s neck with his knee. The video showed the victim begging for his life before succumbing to his injuries and passing.

His death sparked brought new light to the Black Lives Matter movement. Among the protesters, there have been many celebrities who are throwing their weight behind the movement and providing much-needed support to protestors. Here is a look at some big names who have made bold moves for the movement.

THE WEEKND

The Weeknd, aka Abel Tesfaye, has been a loud supporter of the movement ith multiple social media posts. However, he took it a step further recently and donated $500 000 to various organizations providing support for the movement.

He went on to urge other “industry partners and execs” to do the same. He also joined the rest of the music industry in the day of silent protest or #BlackoutTuesday and #TheShowMustBePaused to reflect on ways to provide support for the black community.

The Weeknd’s donations included money for the Black Lives Matter Global Network, $200,000 to Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camp Legal Defense initiative, and $100,000 to National Bail Out. He shared proof of his donations on Instagram.

“Enough is enough. It’s time to stand up for this. We can either sit and watch, or do something about it. The time is now. #blacklivesmatter.”

read an older tweet made by the singer after the shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.

CHRISSY TEIGEN & JOHN LEGEND

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Like the Weeknd, Chrissy Teigen and John Legend are long time supporters of the movement. In 2014, New York City saw protesters take to the streets after the death of Eric Garner.

The couple could not directly take part in the New York Protests. Instead, to show their support, they hired several food trucks to provide free meals for the New York City activists.

This year, they are once again plunging their wealth into helping protestors. After President Trump declared Saturday night “MAGA night” at the White House,” Chrissy decided to donate $100 000 to bail out protesters.

However, 15 minutes later a twitter user called the protesters “rioters and criminals.” In response, Teigen decided to donate another $100 000.

Halsey & Yungblud

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It’s become very clear to me that some of you need to see what I’ve seen. Please swipe through this. These pictures and videos don’t even scratch the surface. It’s easy from the comfort of your home to watch looting and rioting on television and condone the violent measures being taken by forces. But what you don’t see is innocent peaceful protestors being shot at and tear gassed and physically assaulted relentlessly. You think it’s not happening, it’s only the “thugs” and the “riots”, right? The police are keeping you safe right? You’re wrong. This is happening everywhere. And innocent people exercising their rights to speech and assembly are facing violence and abuse of power. With all of our medical professionals being CONSUMED and EXHAUSTED with Covid, there is little to no medical attention available. I have first hand treated men women and children who have been shot in the chest, the face, the back. Some will lose vision some have lost fingers. I have been covered in innocent blood. My father is a black man. My mother is an EMT. This week I had to put those two associations together in ways that have horrified me. This is NOT a virtue signaling post. But I HAVE to show you what I am witnessing with my own eyes. With Trump’s decision today to enforce the mobilization of armed forces on our own citizens, this has escalated beyond your privilege and comfort to not care. Please care. We are begging you to care. This is war on Americans. This is everyone’s problem. Everyone’s. #BLACKLIVESMATTER

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Singer Halsey took a more hands-on approach to her support. She took to the streets and physically joined protesters.

She has dedicated her social media to document what she and those around her are experiencing on the ground. Amongst her posts are multiple videos of Los Angeles residents being injured by law enforcement officials.

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united are voices ⁣ united are the screams⁣ united are the colours ⁣ not just in our dreams⁣ this is a moment to ourselves we must see. ⁣ this is a moment to ourselves we must speak. ⁣ ⁣ they will not want us to be sad because we can find comfort here?⁣ they will not want us to be mad ⁣ because they don’t want us to steer? ⁣ because when we are off of the rails, we live live inside fear⁣ and when we start feeling nothing , nothing becomes clear ⁣ ⁣ so please speak, stand up, please shout, please cry⁣ please feel every fuckin tear that falls from your eye, ⁣ justice for humanity is vital and right ⁣ now is the moment to fight for a strangers life ⁣ and when you think of that stranger try to visualise ⁣ your friend, your family, your husband, your wife ⁣ because names and faces are more than a device ⁣ on a piece of paper that you will one day inevitably place to the side ⁣ ⁣ whoever you are you are you can be involved in this fight ⁣ all gotta do is speak the words from your mind ⁣ so the people around you and the people you find ⁣ will put a this hate to sleep, and together we can all say goodnight⁣ to this tragic, gratuitous waste of human life ⁣ and look at each other, tomorrow United in the eyes ⁣ shouting to feel is to breath, ⁣ to feel is to be free, ⁣ to be free is what it means to be successful to me 🖤 #blacklivesmatter

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Her ex-boyfriend, Yungblud, also hit the streets with her. He took a moment to tweet about the experience as well.

Halsey also revealed that Yungblud “literally ran exposed in front of rounds being shot to drag wounded people to safety without even thinking twice.”

Cole Sprouse

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A group of peaceful protesters, myself included, were arrested yesterday in Santa Monica. So before the voracious horde of media sensationalism decides to somehow turn it about me, there’s a clear need to speak about the circumstances: Black Lives Matter. Peace, riots, looting, are an absolutely legitimate form of protest. the media is by nature only going to show the most sensational, which only proves a long standing racist agenda. I was detained when standing in solidarity, as were many of the final vanguard within Santa Monica. We were given the option to leave, and were informed that if we did not retreat, we would be arrested. When many did turn to leave, we found another line of police officers blocking our route, at which point, they started zip tying us. It needs to be stated that as a straight white man, and a public figure, the institutional consequences of my detainment are nothing in comparison to others within the movement. This is ABSOLUTELY not a narrative about me, and I hope the media doesn’t make it such. This is, and will be, a time about standing ground near others as a situation escalates, providing educated support, demonstrating and doing the right thing. This is precisely the time to contemplate what it means to stand as an ally. I hope others in my position do as well. I noticed that there are cameras that roll within the police cruisers during the entirety of our detainment, hope it helps. I’ll speak no more on the subject, as I’m (1) not well versed enough to do so, (2) not the subject of the movement, and (3) uninterested in drawing attention away from the leaders of the #BLM movement. I will be, again, posting the link in my story to a comprehensive document for donations and support.

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 Riverdale star Cole Sprouse also physically joined the protest. He was among a group of peaceful protesters arrested by Los Angeles police officials on Sunday.

“Peace, riots, looting, are an absolutely legitimate form of protest. The media is by nature only going to show the most sensational, which only proves a long-standing racist agenda,”

said Cole on Instagram.

Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande, her close friend, Doug Middlebrook, and boyfriend, Dalton Gomez are also on the ground. She joined protesters in Los Angeles armed with a “Black Lives Matter” sign.

The 26-year-old singer also drew attention to the peaceful side of the protest. Taking to her social media, she explained that “hours and miles of peaceful protesting yesterday that got little to no coverage.”

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