The Weeknd has made a huge donation to numerous Black Lives Matter causes.
The singer, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, shared his donation receipts on Instagram, with the total amount given being $500,000.
Tesfaye contributed $200,000 to Black Lives Matter Global Network, $200,000 to Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights campaign, and $100,000 to National Bail Out.
Urging others to donate if they can, the Canadian musician wrote alongside the receipts: “Keep supporting our brothers and sisters out there risking everything to push for actual change for our black lives.”
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keep supporting our brothers and sisters out there risking everything to push for actual change for our black lives. Urging everyone with big pockets to give and give big and if you have less please give what you can even if it's a small amount. #blacklivesmatter (links in story)
More specifically, The Weeknd called on record labels and music executives to give back, considering how much they profit off black culture.
“To my fellow respected industry partners and execs – no one profits off of black music more than the labels and streaming services,” he wrote. “I gave yesterday and I urge you to go big and public with yours this week.”
To my fellow respected industry partners and execs- no one profits off of black music more than the labels and streaming services. I gave yesterday and I urge you to go big and public with yours this week. It would mean the world to me and the community if you can join us pic.twitter.com/tWzHMacnu5
— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) June 2, 2020
Drake also donated $100,000 to National Bail Out after Mustafa the Poet reached out to him and Tesfaye.
“My Toronto Kings @champagnepapi @theweeknd,” Mustafa wrote.
The streets said they need receipts 💅🏾MashaAllah pic.twitter.com/VmdWd6lKEB
— Mustafa (@MustafaThePoet) June 1, 2020
Protests broke out around the world after George Floyd died while in police custody last Monday when Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin held his knee on his neck for more than eight minutes.
Chauvin and three other officers were fired, with Chauvin subsequently arrested and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.