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Lizzo, Lady Gaga & Selena Gomez Lend Their Platforms To Amplify Black Voices
The video capturing the death of George Floyd under police custody on May 25 has been seen all over the world and has sparked many protests in the country—and beyond. Lizzo is among the music artists who have been actively posting and engaging her fans on the race issues facing the U.S.
"Now that we're at this place where everyone is starting to wake up and educate each other, what's next? How are we pushing this conversation forward towards progress?" the "Juice" singer asked on a video posted to her Instagram revealing that she would let BlackVisions collective from Minneapolis take over her Instagram live at 4 p.m. EST/ 1 p.m. PST on Tuesday, June 5.
She said the group would talk about the issues going on now and provide resources on how people can help.
Lady Gaga, another artist who has been vocal, is also offering her platform to organizations that uplift Black and communities of color.
"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," the "Rain On Me" singer posted on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. "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."
Selena Gomez, who has shown her public support for the Black Lives Matter movement, announced that she would also be lending her platform to Black voices.
"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," she posted on Instagram. "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." ⠀
Lizzo, who acknowledged that she was also looking for ways to push conversations of change forward, said there were organizations that have been doing the work and she wanted to give them space to share their message. "I believe in using my platform to give others the chance to speak, " she wrote under her video.