Pop singer Halsey is leaning in and acting on her support for the Black Lives Matter movement. With the launch of her Black Creators Funding Initiative on Thursday, the singer aims to provide financial support, valuable resources and most importantly, a platform for Black creators to amplify and bring their work to the forefront of the industry.
In a post on her social channels, Halsey explains that she is initially “looking for Black creators who want to enrich the world with their work,” encouraging fans to use the #BLACKCREATORSFUND hashtag and to mention their favorite Black creators in the comments section.
Halsey, who is bi-racial with a Black father and Irish/Italian/Hungarian mother, says the initiative's goal is to help amplify the voices and perspectives of the Black community, while the fund itself will be maintained and underwritten solely by the singer’s close-knit team.
“If you’re an artist, poet, graphic designer, writer, film maker, music producer, journalist, make up artist, or creator of any kind,” her launch statement reads. “We want to see your work and want to help achieve your goals.”
The first "gifting recipients" will come sooner rather than later as the team is already going through tons of "mind blowing" submissions. On June 18 we should expect to start seeing some new faces on the singer's social channels.
Halsey is no stranger to activism and speaking when many stay silent. She's been an advocate for mental health and trans-rights; has discussed the intricacies of race and perception, and has been on the streets of Los Angeles taking rubber bullets with protesters throughout the demonstrations surrounding the death of George Floyd and the ongoing police brutality.
Since she's currently studying for a law degree, we're sure all of this experience will only make Halsey's future arguments that much stronger -- and with the fierceness we're already used to from the singer, we pity any attorney who decides to go up against her.