Jamaican celebrities, entertainers, and social media users have joined in the global Black Out Tuesday movement.
Major Radio stations and TV channels have also changed their programmes to mark “Blackout Tuesday”, reflecting on George Floyd’s death in police custody.
Several major music labels including Chris Blackwell’s Island Records, VP Records, Universal Music Group, Sony Music, and Columbia Records are participating in a social media blackout today.
MTV went silent for eight minutes, the length of time a white police officer knelt on Mr. Floyd’s neck.
Apple Music’s Zane Lowe tweeted that he would skip Tuesday’s edition of his radio show, saying he stood “united with his black and brown friends and colleagues”.
Music companies and musicians around the world adopted Tuesday as a day of reflection and protest in the wake of Mr. Floyd’s death last week in Minneapolis.
Pop Singer Rihanna said her Fenty beauty label would not conduct any business on Tuesday.
Drake and The Weeknd have donated $100,000 each to the National Bailout Collective to help families in need amid the Black Lives Matter protests currently taking place in America.
Following the tragic death of George Floyd at the hands of police officers, hordes of protests were staged over the weekend in support of the Black Lives Matter movement throughout the country.
Spike Lee has made his own powerful statement about the death of George Floyd at the hands of police by releasing a short film comparing his treatment to a scene from his film “Do The Right Thing.”
The short opens with the words “Will History Stop Repeating Itself”, before cutting together footage of the arrests of Floyd and Eric Garner, whose death after being placed in a chokehold by a New York City Police Department officer in 2014 also sparked protests. It also includes scenes from Spike’s 1989 movie “Do the Right Thing,” in which Radio Raheem, the character played by Bill Nunn, dies during a brawl after being choked by police officers.