The entire world is in uproar after the recent events that occurred in Minneapolis, where video of a Minnesota officer suffocating a Black man by kneeling on his neck for over nine minutes surfaced on the Internet on Monday night. The man, named George Floyd, told officers repeatedly that he could not breathe, and was ignored. He later died in hospital.

Artists are using their platforms to show support and bring awareness to systemic racism.

Shawn Mendes spoke on the injustice in a thorough Instagram post. He mentions “All of us that are in the majority can’t sit idle any longer while the minority are suffering, it’s time for ALL humans to demand change. This needs to be EVERYONE’S fight. We need to start to really listen to and help amplify black voices. To make their struggles known and to reject racism. It’s time to take action on that feeling in your heart that knows how wrong this is.”



Ariana Grande used her platform to direct her fans to take action:



Beyonce used her voice to send a powerful message about stepping up:



Billie Eilish has been consistent in spreading awareness to her fanbase about being allies:


View this post on Instagram

#justiceforgeorgefloyd #blacklivesmatter

A post shared by BILLIE EILISH (@billieeilish) on


Lady Gaga calls out those in higher positions for their lack in leadership:



Khalid empathizes with being black in America:


View this post on Instagram

From the discrimination we face on a daily basis, fearing for our lives not only outside but inside of our own homes, to the racism projected onto us from white TEACHERS & leaders. Growing up, at my school we had to fight for black education. Why is that? Why do we excuse racist remarks from our white peers as banter, and joking around. Why do we feel unsafe around the people who are supposed to protect us? The uncomfortable feeling of seeing flashing lights in our rear-view mirrors. It’s anxiety inducing. The names of black citizens who have been MURDERED by the people who are supposed to serve besides us seems endless. It’s been years of fighting, years of praying and years of protesting and still it seems like nothing has changed. We currently have a president who is running our country into the GROUND and could care less. We SUFFER, but it’s time for that narrative to change. To be black in America. Where they love your music/culture but are afraid to walk on the same sidewalk as you. Black women and men you are beautiful. Black Voices Matter, Black Philanthropists Matter, Black Teachers Matter, Black Artists Matter, Black Social Workers Matter. BLACK LIVES MATTER. today, yesterday, tomorrow, and forever.

A post shared by Khalid (@thegr8khalid) on


Rihanna expresses her anger towards the death of George Floyd:


View this post on Instagram

For the last few days, the magnitude of devastation, anger, sadness I’ve felt has been overwhelming to say the least! Watching my people get murdered and lynched day after day pushed me to a heavy place in my heart! To the point of staying away from socials, just to avoid hearing the blood curdling agony in George Floyd’s voice again, begging over and over for his life!!! The look of enticement, the pure joy and climax on the face of this bigot, murderer, thug, pig, bum, Derek Chauvin, haunts me!! I can’t shake this! I can’t get over an ambulance pulling up to an arrest, a paramedic checking a pulse without removing the very thing that’s hindering it! Is this that fucking normal??? If intentional MURDER is the fit consequence for “drugs” or “resisting arrest”….then what’s the fit consequence for MURDER???! #GeorgeFloyd #AhmaudArbery #BreonnaTaylor

A post shared by badgalriri (@badgalriri) on


Normani’s image spoke volumes:


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Normani (@normani) on


Dua Lipa offers resources to help relieve effort:


View this post on Instagram

RIP George Floyd How many more lives do we have to lose? Surely this has to be the tipping point when we ALL face up to the police brutality that has been captured on video for everyone to see. Surely this is when we say STOP, we will not tolerate any more generations of black Americans and people of color growing up in fear of those who should protect them. When an unarmed and handcuffed man is murdered by the police in broad daylight while begging for his life, those in authority need to know that our outrage knows no bounds. We demand justice. There are many ways to make your voice heard. Sign the petition, get on the phone, talk to your family, friends and kids. If you are a business owner, make a public statement of support to your black clients, friends and co-workers. We can be the change. We have to start the conversation in our own circles. This is sickening. It’s got to stop. #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd #GeorgeFloyd #blacklivesmatter

A post shared by DUA LIPA (@dualipa) on


Selena Gomez focuses on next steps:



Harry Styles breaks down white privilege:



Lil Nas X has a message for the protesters:


View this post on Instagram

be safe

A post shared by Lil Nas X (@lilnasx) on


Lizzo, who has spent time living Minneapolis, teared up as she spoke about what’s happening there from people who are actually in the community.



Cities all over the world are also reacting to the injustice towards black lives. Many protests and demonstrations were held over the weekend, displaying their pain and frustration. Unity is necessary at a time like this, and it is reassuring to see the world come together for the greater good.