Selena Gomez uses her Instagram follower count of 178 million people for the better good. To shed light on important causes amid the Black Lives Matter movement, the “Kill Em with Kindness” singer announced that she will let black leaders take over her account.
The 27-year-old singer captioned a post on Thursday that about this important moment in history, she’s been struggling to know the right things to say to get the word out and that she decided that everyone needs to hear more from Black voices after thinking about how best to use her social media.
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I have been struggling to know the right things to say to get the word out about this important moment in history. After thinking about how best to use my social media, I decided that we all need to hear more from Black voices. Over the next few days I will be highlighting influential leaders and giving them a chance to take over my Instagram so that they can speak directly to all of us. We all have an obligation to do better and we can start by listening with an open heart and mind. ⠀ ⠀ Image Credit: “Speak With Confidence” — Charly Palmer (@charlylpalmer)
Gomez added that she will be highlighting influential [sic] leaders over the next few days and so that they can speak directly to everyone, she’ll give them a chance to take over her Instagram. She then reiterated that everyone has an obligation to do better, and by listening with an open heart and mind, everyone can start.
Gomez’ message was accompanied with an artwork entitled “Speak With Confidence” from Charly Palmer.
On Saturday, May 30, the Disney Channel alum previously showed her support for Black Lives Matter. Via Instagram, she explained that she has spent the last 24 hours just trying to process everything, and that nothing anyone says is capable to take back what has happened, but everyone can and must all make sure to take action. She added that for far too long, too many black lived have been taken away – they deserve better and they deserve better. Everyone needs to do better and not just sit in silence as the injustice continues.
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I have spent the last 24 hours just trying to process this all. Nothing anyone says can take back what has happened. But we can and must all make sure to take action. Too many black lives have been taken from us for far too long. They deserve better. They deserve to be heard. We all need to do better and not sit in silence as this injustice continues. #blacklivesmatter #justiceforgeorgefloyd #icantbreathe Photo: Pacific Press
The singer ended her post with the hashtags #blacklivesmatter, #justiceforgeorgefloyd and #icantbreathe.
George Floyd’s death on May 25 triggered a social justice movement across the country. In a video captured by a bystander, police officer Derek Chauvin was seen pressing his knee into the 46-year-old’s neck for almost nine minutes. Before he eventually became unresponsive, Floyd said that he can’t breathe. Since then, Chauvin has been fired from the Minneapolis Police Department and charged with second-degree manslaughter as well as third-degree murder.- Advertisement -
Among the stars who attended a memorial for Floyd on Thursday were Kevin Hart, Ludacris, Tiffany Haddish and Tyrese Gibson.
Meanwhile, regarding the cause, Gomez is not the only celebrity to speak out – some have donated to organizations assisting in the movement while others have joined in protests.