While many artists have shared their outrage over George Floyd’s death on social media by demanding justice against the police officers responsible, urging an end to racism, making donations and more, some are leaving their homes to speak out in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
As protests spread across all 50 states and beyond, musicians are joining those who are gathering to call for an end to systemic racism and police brutality.
Nick Cannon is one of them; the actor and musician wore a black hoodie featuring Floyd’s final words, “Please I Can’t Breathe,” written across the front as he marched with Minneapolis protesters on May 29. In subsequent Instagram posts featuring black-and-white photos of himself with protesters, the entertainer noted, “We All Tired of it…,” “THEY GON HEAR US LOUD AND CLEAR!!!” among other messages.
Machine Gun Kelly was another who participated in protests. The rapper posted video to his Instagram stories showing himself in a black mask at a May 30 rally and holding a sign that read “Silence Is Betrayal.” He added in text over the video, “Everyone stands together.” He later shared a series of black-and-white photos on Instagram, including of himself on holding up the same sign above his head, and captioned the images “justice soon…”
See which other artists have joined the nationwide protests below.
This article has been updated.
The local rapper brought tens of thousands of Los Angelenos together at the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street on June 7 for a peaceful protest in collaboration with Black Lives Matter Los Angeles and Build Power. He blasted his new single “FTP” from a giant speaker while blasting anyone who doubted his intentions for helping lead the protest. “They hear FTP and they think I’m gonna come and burn my city. So we showed up and did it right. We proved them wrong,” he wrote on his now deleted Instagram post. “The real story here is me and Black Lives Matter brought out 50,000 people today to peacefully protest and unite for change.”
He also shared a news story about the march, tweeting, “Pop’n out for my peoples. Look what we’ve done -“
Usher and Trey Songz
The two R&B crooners showed up at Venice together for Bike Rides for Black Lives, which routed participants from Hollywood to the beach. “Today was dope!! too many people to @ that came out, energy was so positive and high!” Songz wrote on Instagram. Meanwhile, Usher captioned his Instagram image of an upside-down flag, “The flag is hung upside down when a nation is in distress and in the case of emergency or problem. You/Me/We have a voice … Let’s continue to use it together.”
The actress-singer was among the tens of thousands at the Hollywood protest on June 7. “Today was beautiful. Honored to walk with all of you #blacklivesmatter,” she wrote on Instagram.
J. Lo and her fiancé, Alex Rodriguez, marched in Los Angeles on June 7. “We must take a stand for what we believe in and fight against the injustices in this world. So we continue to peacefully protest until there is change,” the singer wrote on Instagram.
The rapper spoke to fellow protesters about how he’s feeling: “I feel like we gotta stand for something or we’ll fall for anything, you know what I’m saying?” Watch his Instagram video.
The singer shared her experience protesting in L.A. Saturday (May 30) via her Instagram stories. In a series of black-and-white photos, she said that protesters were peaceful, their arms raised, when police fired rubber bullets into the crowd, hitting her twice.
On Sunday, she posted an update from a Santa Monica protest.
“I dont know how to articulate the horrors of today,” she tweeted. “NG + officers firing rounds into kneeling crowds. We dont have enough medics on the ground on our side. I was treating injuries I am not qualified to. So much blood spilled. If you have med training pls go + standby outskirts.”
She continued: “And if you’re a white ally who is gonna stand and shout and antagonize the officers and NG and then hide behind black bodies when the shots start firing, f— you. You couldnt understand a shred of the bravery of the black folks at the front line. Thank you to everyone who stayed.”
“And a big personal thank you to @yungblud who literally ran exposed in front of rounds being shot to drag wounded people to safety without even thinking twice,” she said.
The artist also shared videos and photos from the protest on Instagram.
I dont know how to articulate the horrors of today. NG + officers firing rounds into kneeling crowds. We dont have enough medics on the ground on our side. I was treating injuries I am not qualified to. So much blood spilled. If you have med training pls go + standby outskirts.
— h (@halsey) June 1, 2020
And if you’re a white ally who is gonna stand and shout and antagonize the officers and NG and then hide behind black bodies when the shots start firing, fuck you. You couldnt understand a shred of the bravery of the black folks at the front line. Thank you to everyone who stayed
— h (@halsey) June 1, 2020
And a big personal thank you to @yungblud who literally ran exposed in front of rounds being shot to drag wounded people to safety without even thinking twice.
— h (@halsey) June 1, 2020
The Fayetteville native joined his fellow citizens to protest in North Carolina on May 30. The rapper hasn’t posted on social media, but was spotted by attendees as well as local news outlets, who reported his presence. Per WRAL, the musician declined to speak on camera.
The singer-songwriter took to the streets and freeways of L.A. to protest while holding a “Black Lives Matter” sign. In two mini-galleries on Instagram, she shared photos of herself and her fellow protesters marching, and captioned the first “Show up,” while urging followers to not live in fear in the second collection.
She also added on Twitter later that the march she participated in was non-violent:
The protest I participated in yesterday in DTLA was non violent. We were there to protest police brutality and black lives, period.
— TINASHE ³³³ (@Tinashe) May 30, 2020
The rapper shared video of herself documenting a protest on Sunday, but added in her caption that she was detained for “failure to disperse.” In a second video, she said that the protest was peaceful until law enforcement allegedly “began beating” protesters.
Paris shared photos of herself at a protest on Instagram, noting that the one she participated in began peacefully, but that the calm did not last. “it broke my heart to see it all go up in flames” she captioned the mini-gallery. “violence is not the answer.”
Also spotted at L.A.’s protests was the English artist, who told fans he’d be at West Hollywood’s Pan Pacific Park.
see you at pan pacific park. bring your fuckin voice. 🖤
— YUNGBLUD’s a FLEABAG (@yungblud) May 30, 2020
Grande took to the streets of Los Angeles, joining the Black Lives Matter protest in the wake of George Floyd’s death. “hours and miles of peaceful protesting yesterday that got little to no coverage,” she captioned a collection of photos on Twitter May 31. “All throughout beverly hills and west hollywood we chanted, people beeped and cheered along. we were passionate, we were loud, we were loving.”
The Blink-182 drummer shared a black-and-white video of himself marching down Hollywood Boulevard with protesters while holding up a sign that read “No Justice No Peace.”
The pop star, staying safe in a mask and outfitted in a nod to Rosa Parks, gave a peace sign to the camera while standing among protesters on June 6. She let the picture do the talking, with the help of several hashtags: #blacklivesmatter #alllivescantmatteruntilblacklivesmatter #peacefulprotest #human #dotherighthing #whiteprivelege #lovewinsalways #equality #ifyoudontstandforsomethingyouwillfallforanything #love #justiceforgeorgefloyd.
Jonas and wife Sophie Turner gathered with protesters on June 6, sharing peace signs and carrying an actual sign that read “White silence is violence.” The couple, wearing masks, joined in on a chant of “no justice, no peace,” and Jonas also shared a video clip of a brave young girl speaking to the large crowd. “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover. That’s not being taken very seriously right now, and we shouldn’t do that,” she said.
Madonna checked in on social media on June 7 with footage from a “Peaceful Protest with the Fam in The U.K.” “We marched from Parliament to 10 Downing street,” she captioned a set of Twitter photos from the ground, including a snapshot of a large “Black Lives Matter” poster. “It was an Honor for all of us to be there!! My children were thrilled to be there!!” Over on Instagram Stories, she shared some clips of herself at the protest revealing she showed up on crutches.