George Floyd protests: All the celebrities who are taking part
Following the killing of George Floyd by a white police officer, protests have been rising up in hot spots like New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Washington D.C. and Minneapolis. The Black Lives Matter movement has incited many to stand up & take part as a way to voice their support & urgency.
Many familiar faces have not backed down, compelled to get out there and make a statement. These celebrities (and many others) have used their influence to share the importance of protests for George Floyd by uniting with others in the movement.
One of the most popular musical artists throughout the world, Ariana Grande holds a huge fan-base. Using this tremendous fame to spread the word, Ariana shared a tweet that shines light on the Black Lives Matter movement and shows her out there joining in the protesting for George Floyd. She tweets:
“hours and miles of peaceful protesting yesterday that got little to no coverage. all throughout beverly hills and west hollywood we chanted, people beeped and cheered along. we were passionate, we were loud, we were loving. cover this too please.” #BLACKLIVESMATTER
Nick Cannon, famous rapper & show host of The Masked Singer, gathered with many to join the protests in Minneapolis. Nick prominently bore the words of George Floyd during his arrest on his t-shirt, “Please I Can’t Breathe.”
Capturing a series of photos from the protests for the world to see, Nick also tweets:”BUT THEY GON HEAR US LOUD AND CLEAR!!!”
Jamie Foxx was also spotted as one among the protesters in Minneapolis. Foxx uses his platform as a highly esteemed actor to help memorialize George Floyd, Trayvon Martin, Ahmaud Arbery, & many other black lives that have been lost due to needless violence over the years.
Referencing his connection with Trayvon Martin’s mother, Jamie Foxx shares on Instagram: “we both have witnessed an acceleration of young black man being killed senselessly by police officers and random civilians trying to act like police officers. Being in Minnesota for George Floyd Felt like the straw on the camels back… we have to change policy when it comes to police brutality…”
Tessa Thompson, a well-known breakthrough actress famous for her performances in Dear White People & Westworld. She also joined with many to attend the Black Lives Matter protest on Saturday. Calling out how the media lacked coverage of the peaceful protesting & emphasizing Los Angeles Police Department’s role in inciting unrest, Tessa tweets:
“I can say that the #LosAngelesProtest was entirely peaceful until the @LAPDHQ arrived and escalated it. @MayorOfLA are you seeing this? Also, where was the robust media coverage then? #BlackLivesMatter”
Famous singer, Kehlani protested in Los Angeles and shared many pictures of the shocking scene she was witnessing. She passionately captioned these Instagram photos, calling out:
“LIVE. NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE. LOS ANGELES MAY 30TH 2020. RESPECT EXISTENCE OR EXPECT RESISTANCE.#BLACKLIVESMATTER OUTSIDE INSIDE TODAY YESTERDAY TOMORROW AND FOREVER. POWER TO THE PEOPLE.”
Riverdale actor, Cole Sprouse, also joined in the protesting and actually got arrested in Santa Monica on Sunday. Not wanting to draw attention away from leaders of the #BLM movement. Sprouse states that he won’t talk about it apart from his empowered stance as an ally:
“This is, and will be, a time about standing ground near others as a situation escalates, providing educated support, demonstrating and doing the right thing. This is precisely the time to contemplate what it means to stand as an ally. I hope others in my position do as well.”