The protest movement sparked by the death in police custody of George Floyd in Minneapolis spread from the music business to social media on Tuesday as major institutions around the world posted black squares and stopped online activity in solidarity.
The #BlackoutTuesday hashtag dominated social media, as musicians, actors, major museums, social media companies and ordinary users all took part. Black squares were posted on Instagram yesterday with the #BlackOutTuesday and #TheShowMustBePaused.
Music artists including Mickey Singh, Jazzy B, Gurj Sidhu plus many more, took part to spread awareness and showcase their solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.
People taking part were reminded to not use the Black Lives Matter hashtag as protesters in the US, and worldwide, are using it to organise future protests and share information.
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“Business will resume next week with release dates, but this week we are standing solely in solidarity with our Black brothers and sisters by turning down some of the noise of entertainment to turn up the sound of empathy, education and equality. “ -Jay Skilly of @treehousevht.
BBC Radio 1Xtra hosted a series of discussions and debates in support of the black community, with song choices reflecting black pride, empowerment and identity.
According to their website, the BLM mission is to “eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. By combating and countering acts of violence, creating space for Black imagination and innovation, and centering Black joy, we are winning immediate improvements in our lives.”