Though The Weeknd for the most part, he has been a vocal supporter of Black Lives Matter over the years. He’s donated money in the past and last night, he revealed he donated a total of $500K to a few organizations that are supporting the protesters. “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,” he wrote on an Instagram post along with his own receipts of donations he’s made.
But today marks Blackout Tuesday, a day for the music industry to stand in solidarity with the Black community in the wake of the recent protests across the country. And though many members of the music industry did participate, Abel made a clear call on the labels and streaming services who’ve heavily profited off of Black culture.
“To my fellow respected industry partners and execs- no one profits off of black music more than the labels and streaming services. I gave yesterday and I urge you to go big and public with yours this week. It would mean the world to me and the community if you can join us on this,” he wrote.
If you’re looking to donate, we’ve compiled a list of petitions and funds to donate to.
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