The music world has stopped this Tuesday to denounce the assassination of a citizen George Floyd at the hands of police and call for reflection on how to fight against racism and inequality.
In response to the initiative ‘The Show Must Be Paused’, driven by producers Jamila Thomas and Brianna Agyemang, american artists and the rest of the world, as well as all kinds of related institutions, have joined this action, which has stained the social networks of black. The hashtag #BlackOutTuesday spread during the day yesterday among all kinds of celebrities, athletes and the media.
As explained by its promoters, #TheShowMustBePaused it is an initiative created by two black women in music to observe the racism and the inequality of long-standing that exists from the boardroom to the streets, arising “in response to the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and a number of black citizens at the hands of the police”
“No we will continue doing business as usual without giving importance to the lives of black”, add in your press release. The initiative called the singers and artists to stop your activity all day Tuesday 2 June. “It’s a day to take a moment of honest reflection and productive conversations about what actions we need to take collectively to support the black community”, they explain.
In your release, explained that “the music industry is a billion dollar industry. An industry that has benefited a predominantly black art. our mission is that the industry as a whole is accountable, including to large corporations and their partners, who benefit from the efforts, struggles and successes of black people.
For this reason, these entities have the obligation to protect, and empower black communities that have made them disproportionately rich in ways that are measurable and transparent.” Finally, ensure that this is not only an initiative of 24 hours. “We are and we will be in this fight for a long time”, they said.
The call deTaylor and Arbery was followed by many singers and artists, who also joined athletes and celebrities of all kinds. From Rihanna to Mick Jagger, Thalia, Ricky Martin, Beyoncé or Rosalia, passing by the major labels Atlantic Records, and Capitol Music Group, Warner Records, Sony Music and Def Jamand institutions such as the MetOperathat canceled the streaming planned for yesterday, were many celebrities who shared a black image to symbolize this break of action against racism.
Beyond the world of the song, athletes such as Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade or Leo Messi also joined the initiative, as well as actors and actresses as Natalie Portman, Ana de Armas, Timotheé Chalamet, Orlando Bloom, Emma Watson, Tom Holland, Sharon Stone, Kate del Castillo or Patricia Arquettethat also wanted to claim justice for George Floyd. Millions of internet users anonymous from all over the world supported this protest is symbolic and silent.