Hollywood Stars Donate to Bail Out Protestors Amid the Black Lives Matter Movement
Celebrities have stepped up amid the global protests of people around the world demanding justice following the death of George Floyd. George died after police officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes in Minneapolis on Monday, May 25.
The stars quickly began joining in on the protests against police brutality and racial inequality and sharing their reactions and ways to help on social media. Multiple celebrities began posting their donations to the Minnesota Freedom Fund, a nonprofit organization that can help bail out individuals who can’t afford to do so.
When some posted screenshots of their direct donations, they asked for others to “match” their donation and the tweets began going viral as others matched. Other celebs revealed other organizations that were available for donations to help.
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds donated $200,000 to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, an organization that is focused on finding racial justice by making changes and eliminating disparities.
The former NBA star and his Jordan Brand announced on June 5 that they have pledged $100 million over 10 years to organizations that are “dedicated to ensuring racial equality, social justice, and greater access to education.” The company released a statement via Twitter that read, “Black lives matter. This isn’t a controversial statement. Until the ingrained racism that allows our country’s institutions to fail is completely eradicated, we will remain committed to protecting and improving the lives of Black people.”
Leonardo DiCaprio announced on June 4 that he would be donating personally to Color of Change, Fair Fight Action, The NAACP, and Equal Justice Initiative as a way to help “end the disenfranchisement of Black America.”
The Oscar winner, Angelina Jolie made a $200,000 contribution to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund in support of racial equality. “Rights don’t belong to anyone group to give to another. Discrimination and impunity cannot be tolerated, explained away, or justified. I hope we can come together as Americans to address the deep structural wrongs in our society,” Jolie said in a statement to Entertainment Tonight on June 4. “I stand with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in their fight for racial equality, social justice, and their call for urgent legislative reform.”
The rapper Kanye West announced via a representative on June 4, via Variety, that he donated $2 million to organizations related to the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor. He also pledged money to help with the families’ legal costs and created a college fund for Floyd’s 6-year-old daughter Gianna.
The Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey announced on June 3 that he had donated $3 million to Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camp “to advance the liberation and well-being of Black and Brown communities through education, self-empowerment, mass-mobilization to elevate the next generation of change leaders.”
Drake answered Canadian songwriter Mustafa Ahmed’s call on June 1 for his contribution to the National Bail Out fund, an organization that is providing aid to arrested protestors. He contributed $100,000 to the charity, but he encountered a bump along the way. “They just called fraud on my card LOL,” the rapper explained to Ahmed in an Instagram DM message before the donation went through. “I donated 100k. They were like nah 😂.”
In addition to many tweets about the horrific situation, Cheadle matched the $50 donation.
“In celebration of whatever the f—k maga night is, I am committed to donating $100,000 to the bailouts of protestors across the country,” the Chrissy’s Court star, Chrissy Teigen, 34, tweeted on Saturday, May 30. When one of her followers referred to those arrested as “rioters and criminals,” she replied, “Ooo they might need more money then. Make it $200,000.”
After rapper Noname shared that she donated $1,000, the Homecoming actress, Janelle Monáe tweeted that she matched the donation.
The singer, Kehlani also matched Noname’s $1,000 donation on Thursday, May 28. “Calling all celebrity accounts from Oakland to match. calling anyone who cannot match to contribute any smaller amount. all helps!!!!” she tweeted on Sunday, May 31, revealing that she had donated $2,000 to help bail out those protesting in Oakland.
“Matched my sis @Kehlani asking everyone else who can to step up and help contribute to @PeoplesBreakOak,” the rapper responded, revealing his $2,000 donation.