The Weeknd donates $250,000 to Black Lives Matter Network
The Weeknd has donated $250,000 to the Black Lives Matter Network, EW can confirm.
The foundation was created in 2012 following Trayvon Martin’s death. It describes itself as “a chapter-based national organization working for the validity of Black life,” and has branches in nearly 40 U.S. cities, as well as in The Weeknd’s hometown of Toronto.
The donation comes on the heels of the singer’s $50,000 gift to the University of Toronto last week, with money going toward a new Ethiopic Studies program.
In the past, The Weeknd has been vocal about his support for Black Lives Matter. After Alton Sterling and Philando Castile were shot and killed by police in July, he tweeted, “Enough is enough. it’s time to stand up for this. we can either sit and watch, or do something about it. the time is now. #blacklivesmatter.”
He joins a number of notable musicians that have backed the movement. Beyoncé, Rihanna, Alicia Keys, and more appeared in a Black Lives Matter video campaign last month, and dozens more spoke out on social media.
“It’s impossible to ignore that the relationship between black and brown communities and law enforcement remains as strained as it was decades ago. No one begins their life as a hashtag. Yet the trend of being reduced to one continues,” Drake wrote in an emotional Instagram essay. ““I believe things can change for the better. Open and honest dialogue is the first step.”