Sports personalities are getting the most press for their contributions to the Black Lives Matter movement and protest responses to the murder of George Floyd and countless other Black people at the hands of the police. But the hip-hop and entertainment world has also stepped away from the music and movies, and into social activism as the world attempts to unify and erase the racism that has been so prevalent in this world.
Celebrities, of all races, have donated more than $1.25 million and raised even more for Black Lives Matter, reaffirming the need for the group, which was previously seen as too controversial and militant for mainstream superstars to affiliate themselves with.
Some celebrities are helping lift the #BlackLivesMatter movement by opening up their own wallets and also matching fan donations to bail-relief funds, the Minnesota Freedom Fund and other charities. Here's who helped and where they urged others to give: https://t.co/Ven7GDUg0D
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In the aftermath of the George Floyd murder and the worldwide protests that erased any doubt that Black people are under attack in this country and it must be addressed, Outkast legend André 3000 has released a limited edition line of t-shirts in an effort to raise money for The Movement For Black Lives.
According to its website, The Movement For Black Lives was created as a coalition of “Black organizations across the country to debate and discuss the current political conditions, develop shared assessments of what political interventions were necessary in order to achieve key policy, cultural and political wins, convene organizational leadership in order to debate and co-create a shared movement-wide strategy.”
The various shirts are inspired by the iconic jumpsuits the multi-faceted cultural influencer designed and wore during Outkast’s 2014 tour.
The shirts went up for sale on Wednesday (June 10) and will remain available until Friday (June 12). André also shared his t-shirt designs on Instagram — his first post in two years.
“Something very important is happening all over the world and it is happening to all of us. How does it make you feel?” 3000 asked on his website.
The t-shirts come in 13 different captions ranging from: “Across cultures, darker people suffer most. Why?” to “Passionate about compassion.” The original Outkast jumpsuits were also praised and featured during Art Basel in 2014.
“For 3 days, a selection of shirts inspired by a collection of my jumpsuits will be sold and 100% of net proceeds will be donated to Movement for Black Lives to aid in their fight to end police brutality & racial injustice against Black people,” 3 Stacks continued. “This is only one piece in the war against systemic racism. It takes all of us. BLACK LIVES MATTER… at a minimum.”