Protests sparked after the racist murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade and more Black people, but the conversations about justice in this country must continue. That’s why artists have teamed up with organizations like the Black Visions Collective and social activists like Zyahna Bryant and Alicia Garza to spread the word about how the Black Lives Matter movement should move forward.
Find a growing list of artists who are passing the mic to grassroots organizers by giving them access to their social media accounts below.
June 6: Ariana Grande is encouraging her nearly 75 million followers on Twitter to support numerous organizations seeking racial justice. “this week instead of sharing some organizations for covid relief (please see the highlight on my page if you’d like to catch up on some of the ways you can support those as well), i want to showcase some of the incredible work being done in support of the #blacklivesmatter movement and share with u a few great organizations that i’m supporting as well,” Grande tweeted. In separate posts, the singer shared information about The Marshall Project, “a nonprofit news organization covering police accountability and exposing failures / examining solutions for the justice system,” along with a link (linktr.ee/justiceforus) highlighting dozens of social justice petitions. Grande also tweeted out a lengthy spreadsheet of “black-owned brands to support and purchase from,” featuring more than 400 companies ranging from fashion wear to beauty products.
On Saturday, Selena Gomez planned to hand her Instagram account to Jelani Cobb (@jelani1906), a journalist at The New Yorker and a professor at Columbia University. “Jelani has written several books including The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress, and To the Break of Dawn, which is about the origins of hip hop culture. He writes and teaches mostly about the history of race in the United States and the ways that it continues to impact the lives of not only black people, but all 328+ million people sharing this country.”
June 5: Lizzo hopped on Instagram Live with Black Visions Collective, a Minnesota-based, Black-led organization that empowers Black queer and transgender people, to talk about how artists can do their part to lead the wave while recognizing the wave’s crucial intersectionality. “Artists who have this position need to make sure it’s in the music, it’s in the movies, it’s being discussed in the board rooms…. The system is broken, but the system is actually working just fine. We need to break the system,” she told core team member Oluchi Omeoga. Read the recap of their entire chat here.
Selena Gomez turned her handle over to Alicia Garza, the co-creator of the Black Lives Matter movement and the founder of Black Futures Lab, which works with advocacy organizations and local, state and federal legislators to empower Black communities. “Everybody is taught that if you do something wrong, you have to make it right,” Garvza said in an Instagram TV video. “And when it comes to Black folks and police, there is a dynamic where Black people are being murdered — sometimes on camera, sometimes not — by police, and police are not having to make it right.”
Shawn Mendes gave his 56 million Instagram followers a treat when Zyahna Bryant, an award-winning student activist and community organizer from Charlottesville, Va., took over his page. “My work is mainly centered around taking down Confederate monuments and also working on educational equity issues,” she said on Mendes’ IG story. She used the swipe-up feature to link to her “Beyond the Hashtag: How to Take Anti-Racist Action in Your Life” opinion-editorial that she penned for Teen Vogue, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Legal Defense Fund, and more educational and financial resources.
June 4: Lady Gaga announced on her Instagram that she would share more than her money to different organizations but also her platform. “And after I vow to regularly, in perpetuity, across all of my social media platforms, post stories, content, and otherwise lift up the voices of the countless inspiring members and groups within the Black community,” the pop star captioned a picture flashing her peace sign wrist tattoo.