Selena Gomez – Pop superstar and actress have been vocal and open in support of Black Lives Matter and other advocacies. Selena Gomez has more than 287 million followers on Instagram and Twitter and she encouraged her fans to listen ‘with an open heart and mind’. Hence, she turned her fame into something beneficial and inspiring.
‘I decided that we all need to hear more from Black voices’
Selena Gomez uses her voice and overwhelming social media followers to bring light and hope where it’s needed amid time of ‘listening with an open heart and mind’ .Selena Gomez will use her influence in social media platform with more than 287 million followers on Instagram and Twitter – to emphasize and highlight black voices who are always the victim of violence and a national discussion on race issues in the wake of George Floyd’s death.
‘I have been struggling to know the right things to say to get the word out about this important moment in history,’ the 27-year-old singer wrote on Instagram Thursday. ‘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.’
The ‘Lose you To Love Me’ singer said that everyone has ‘an obligation to do better, and we can start by listening with an open heart and mind. ‘⠀
The Texas native actress and singer posted an image called Speak With Confidencewhich was created Charly Palmer, which shows a crying black child with elements of the stars and stripes of the American flag; the art depicted to warfare and bloodshed. This powerful image has circulated online with its deep and meaningful symbolism. It is for first time that Selena Gomez joined with her co-musicians and actresses to use their voice and influence to do something great and raise awareness among youth to do better and be the catalyst of change. Along with her are Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Cardi B and other female artists
Her Instagram post came on the day Floyd was remembered at North Central University in the first memorial service that relentlessly demands for justice.
Among the public figures in attendance included entertainers such as Kevin Hart Tiffany Haddish, and T.I., and politicians such as Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Reps. Ilhan Omar, Sheila Jackson-Lee and Ayana Pressley.
The charges went down when prosecutors in Minnesota charged the officer who is caught in camera, Derek Chauvin, with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, while the three police officers he was with faced new charges of second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in connection with the death of George Floyd.
The incident erupted nationwide protest which began last week of May in Minneapolis when Floyd, a 46-year-old security guard, died after Chauvin kneeled on the back of his neck while he was suffering and handcuffed, repeatedly saying that he was unable to breathe in through the inhumane incident that was caught on camera by the people around. In the untoward incident, arresting officers said Floyd matched the description of a forgery of money at the convenience store.
‘Please, please, please, I can’t breathe … please, man … my stomach hurts, my neck hurts, everything hurts … I can’t breathe,’ said Floyd, who later died in police hands.
Musicians and celebrities joined the cause and speak up with the pressing issues. Moreover, this signifies that amidst of the pandemic and darkness, their radiance of being a star will shine to help the needy.