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Selena Gomez & PLUS1 Launch The Black Equality Fund To Support Racial Justice Organizations
"Black Lives Matter," the "Rare" singer wrote on the fund's site. "Everyone needs to have their voices heard and we can do that by VOTING, as well as lending our time, effort and (if able) donations to fight for equality, equity and justice for the black community and other marginalized communities. Join me!"
"@plus1org and I have created a Black Equality Fund to amplify organizations on the frontline of ensuring Black voices are heard," the pop star wrote on Twitter last night. "It's all of our responsibly to fight for equality & justice for the Black community. Silence isn't an option, let's all join this fight for equality," she added, along with a link to the new page.
The 10 organizations supported by the fund are the TGI Justice Project, Black Futures Lab, Fair Count, African American Policy Forum, BLDPWR, Color of Change, Know Your Rights Camp, BU Center for Antiracist Research, Equal Justice Initiative and the Movement for Black Lives.
PLUS1 is a non-profit launched in 2014 to help artists fundraise for the causes they hold dear, coming out of with Arcade Fire's desire to support orgs on the ground in Haiti. According to their website, they've raised over $7 million in partnership with 125 artists, festivals and events around the globe.
Earlier this month, the pop queen joined Lizzo and Lady Gaga in passing their Instagrams over to Black activists and orgs. Gomez's Instagram now features stories and messages from Georgia politician/author Stacey Abrams, "Insecure"'s Kendrick Sampson, rapper Killer Mike and others. She currently has 181 million followers on the platform.
On Jan. 10, Gomez dropped her highly anticipated third studio album, RARE, following 2015's Revival.