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Kanye West Donates $2 Million to Families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery

Kanye West has donated $2 million to the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, while simultaneously launching a college fund for Floyd’s daughter, TMZ reports. The donation will go towards legal fees for Taylor and Arbery’s families, in addition to multiple black-owned businesses in his hometown of Chicago as well as other […]

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It's Time to Lift Every Voice: Black Music Month Arrives at a Crucial Turning Point

Tracing the fight for racial equality through black music’s rich legacy. When 12-year-old singer Keedron Bryant lifted his voice to poignantly decry the senseless murder of George Floyd in a May 29 Instagram post that’s since drawn nearly 3 million views, the pre-teen joined the countless voices that have been fighting to end racism for […]

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Pharrell Williams x adidas Originals Superstar: Best Look Yet

Following teasers and leaked images of Pharrell Williams’ collaborative adidas Superstar, we now get our closest look at the sneaker via YouTube sneaker unboxer, Seth Fowler. Fowler was seeded an early pair, which suggests an official release date could be coming up soon. The adidas Originals Superstar is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and, after […]

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John Boyega's Powerful Black Lives Matter Protest Speech: Watch

As Londoners gathered in their thousands yesterday to protest the killing of George Floyd, British actor John Boyega delivered an extremely emotional and powerful speech to the crowd. Speaking to fellow protesters, Boyega detailed his experience of racism in the UK, and doubled-down on the importance of community love, power, and togetherness. After stating that he […]

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Black Music Month 2020 Playlist: D Smoke Looks to 'Give Hope & Inspire Strength'

This year, Black Music Month takes a different turn. Because of the horrific deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and more, we at Billboard hope to uplift and empower African Americans during this cloudy and dubious time. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for the remainder of the month, an artist will provide a […]

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Tegan and Sara, Jack Antonoff & More Join Call for Labels to Donate to Racial Justice Efforts

Artists from all corners of the music industry are calling on labels, streaming services and other corporate entities to contribute to the cause of racial justice. In the midst of nationwide protests following the death of George Floyd, The Weeknd issued a challenge on Tuesday (June 2) directly to Warner Music, Sony Music, Universal Music Group, […]

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Ludacris Approves of Protesters Chanting 'Move B–ch' at NYPD

Protesters in New York broke out into a chant on Tuesday night (June 2) in an effort to get the NYPD to to unblock the Manhattan Bridge, where marchers had gathered in the latest night of protests in memory of George Floyd. And in classic New York fashion, they picked a solidly profane anthem for […]

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Jay-Z & Roc Nation Take Out Full-Page Newspaper Ads With MLK Quote In Honor of George Floyd

On a day when the music industry took a pause to reflect on Black Out Tuesday, Jay-Z and Team Roc took out full-page newspaper ads across the nation honoring George Floyd. The ads featured a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from a speech in Selma, Alabama, in 1965 in which the late civil […]

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Questlove, Ice Cube, Mary J. Blige & More Urge People to Get Out and Vote on Black Out Tuesday

Questlove, Ice Cube and Mary J. Blige are among the stars urging people to get out and vote on Tuesday (June 2) in the presidential primaries taking place in Washington, D.C., New Mexico, Iowa, South Dakota and Montana, as well as rescheduled votes that were initially pushed back due to COVID-19 in Indiana, Maryland, Pennsylvania […]

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Big Sean Speaks Out About Protesting in Powerful Video Message: 'I Don't Feel Equal and I Don't Feel Free'

Big Sean took to social media on Monday (June 1) to express his feelings about protesting with the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of George Floyd’s death and his identity as a Black man in America. “Clearly we got the whole world’s attention, obviously,” the rapper said in a video posted to his […]