Celebrities are offering their platforms to prop up the voices of activists.
- Multiple celebrities are handing over their social media accounts to Black organizations, allowing activists to speak out amid the nationwide Black Lives Matter protests.
- Lizzo will be doing a livestream with the Black Visions Collective from Minnesota.
- Meanwhile, Lady Gaga said she would hand over her Instagram to organizations that she recently donated to, and Selena Gomez said she would be highlighting influential leaders.
Celebrities are using their platforms to propel the voices of the Black community amid the nationwide Black Lives Matter protests.
Lizzo announced yesterday that she would be hosting a livestream chat with the Black Visions Collective, a Minnesota-based organization that focuses its work on transformative justice and Black liberation. “I believe in using my platform to give others the chance to speak,” Lizzo captioned her announcement. “Join me tomorrow at 1pm PST/3pm CT to talk with @blackvisionscollective in Minneapolis to learn more about what’s happening in the heart of the protest, and how we can help. ✊🏾🥰”
Lady Gaga is also offering activists her Instagram account for takeovers. In a post also shared yesterday, she announced, “Starting tomorrow, I’m giving over my Instagram account to each of the organizations I’ve recently donated to, in an effort to amplify their important voices. 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.”‘
Further, Selena Gomez also said that she would be loaning her platform to “influential leaders.” In a post shared yesterday, she wrote, “I have been struggling to know the right things to say to get the word out about this important moment in history. After thinking about how best to use my social media, I decided that we all need to hear more from Black voices. Over the next few days I will be highlighting influential leaders and giving them a chance to take over my Instagram so that they can speak directly to all of us. We all have an obligation to do better and we can start by listening with an open heart and mind.”
Protests against the police have erupted after the killing of George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man who died after an officer kneeled on his neck until he couldn’t breathe for several minutes. Since, protestors have honored the lives of other Black people who died at the hands of the police, including Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor, Eric Garner, Philando Castile, and countless others.