Halsey attends An Evening With Halsey at the GRAMMY Museum
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Halsey Launches Fund To Help Amplify And Provide Platform For Black Creators
Halsey has launched the Black Creators Funding Initiative (BCFI), a special initiative that aims "to give funds, resources, and a platform to black creators," the singer wrote in an Instagram post announcing the campaign.
The ongoing initiative, launched Thursday (June 11), will help Black creators of all practices and creative areas by amplifying their art and providing a platform for their voices and perspectives to be heard. Halsey and her team will fund the initiative entirely.
"If you're an artist, poet, graphic designer, writer, film maker (sic), music producer, journalist, make up (sic) artist, or creator of any kind, we want to see your work and want to help achieve your goals," the artwork accompanying the BCFI announcement reads. In her Instagram post unveiling the fund, Halsey encouraged her followers to tag their favorite Black creators and use the #BLACKCREATORSFUND hashtag, writing, "Looking for black creators who want to enrich the world with their work."
According to her post, Halsey will promote the artists on her socials "to help launch their platforms" and will "provide resources, information, and points of contact, for as many people as we can."
BCFI will announce the first gifting recipients June 18.
The biracial pop superstar—her mother is Italian and Hungarian and her father is Black with Irish ancestry—recently joined several protests against police brutality and racial injustice in the wake of the killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police.
Earlier this month (June 1), Halsey posted photos and videos from protests in Los Angeles where the GRAMMY-nominated singer was seen helping protestors who were hurt while attending the demonstrations.
"It's easy from the comfort of your home to watch looting and rioting on television and condone the violent measures being taken by forces," she wrote on Instagram. "But what you don't see is innocent peaceful protestors being shot at and tear gassed and physically assaulted relentlessly. You think it's not happening, it's only the 'thugs' and the 'riots', right? The police are keeping you safe right? You're wrong. This is happening everywhere. And innocent people exercising their rights to speech and assembly are facing violence and abuse of power."
On May 27, two days after Floyd's death, Halsey shared an impassioned Instagram post about the slain man in which she encouraged her followers to speak about his killing and the officers involved.
"If you have friends and family who are privileged enough to 'stay away from this kind of news,'" she wrote, "then take that f**king privilege away. Uplift the voices of black members of your community voicing their fear or outrage or grief."