While protests against systemic racism spread nationwide, a number of famous names have entered the conversation.

By Balthazar Malevolent


People come out to the streets demanding justice for the lives of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and all the black lives lost as a result of the country's continuing injustice and racism. So when demonstrators clash with police, it was up to some celebrities to voice their support for the Black Lives Matter campaign to find ways to aid and contribute to the cause.

Ariana Grande joins peaceful protest.

Some celebrities have wanted to take a more direct approach and joined in the protests taking place within their localities, including Tinashe, Kali Uchis, Lil Yachty, Nick Cannon, Jamie Foxx, J. Cole, Michael B. Jordan, Amandla Stenberg, Porsha Williams, John Cusack, Ariana Grande, Halsey, Kendrick Sampson, and more.

In the same way as hundreds around them, they too have witnessed police physical violence that is attempting to suppress the demonstrations.

Cusack posted a blurred video, claiming he was assaulted by police for filming a police car that was burning down. "Cops didn't want me filming the burning car so they came with batons at me. Hitting my bicycle. Ahhm, the recording is here," he tweeted.

Sampson, who plays Nate in Insecure, also posted a video showing how violent things got: rubber bullets shot by the police in Los Angeles and beating demonstrators like his assistant. Halsey wrote that police "Shot rubber bullets. We didn't cross the line. Hands were up, unmoving. They were gassing and shooting."

Several white celebrities who used their huge resources to accept their privilege and stand in solidarity with demonstrators for getting it right. Lady Gaga, who launched her Chromatica album on Friday, took advantage of her influence to speak out against structural injustice and urge her fans to support the fight for justice. Ariana Grande, her "Rain on Me" friend, has used Instagram (where she has 188 million followers) to post a similar video. Grande was also seen walking with a Black Lives Matter banner yesterday in Los Angeles.

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