The Weeknd and Drake among leading Canadian music stars supporting Blackout Tuesday
After a week filled with outcries against police brutality and racial injustice, many giants of the music industry — including Drake — donated to Black Lives Matter and participated in Blackout Tuesday, remaining silent for 24 hours in order to highlight the movement.
Some of the biggest stars in Canadian music have joined in the fight against racism by evading social media, halting normal business operations and donating huge sums of money as part of #BlackoutTuesday.
Leading the way, The Weeknd pledged over $500,000 (USD) in support of Black Lives Matter causes. In an Instagram message, the Toronto-born singer urged people to give what they can to help push for change.
keep supporting our brothers and sisters out there risking everything to push for actual change for our black lives. Urging everyone with big pockets to give and give big and if you have less please give what you can even if it's a small amount. #blacklivesmatter (links in story)
Meanwhile, fellow Torontonian Drake pledged $100,000 (USD) to the National Bailout Collective, benefiting black families in the United States. Mustafa the Poet tweeted a picture of the receipt, confirming the rapper’s donation.
The streets said they need receipts 💅🏾MashaAllah pic.twitter.com/VmdWd6lKEB— Mustafa (@MustafaThePoet) June 1, 2020
Other Canadian music icons like Shania Twain, Justin Bieber and Avril Lavigne also showed solidarity with the #BlackoutTuesday initiative by posting messages of support or simple black squares to their social media pages.
Pillars of the Canadian music industry such as Warner Music Canada and Sony Music Canada have shut down operations today as a mark of respect.
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