Throughout the last week, social media has been overflowing with musicians sounding off on the current climate of social injustice, not stemming from, but most recently brought to light by the death of George Floyd. Many have been using their platform to post and share messages urging for an end of police brutality and racism.
However, over the weekend as protests continued to break out in at least 17 cities across the US, some artists including Lil Yachty, J. Cole, and Machine Gun Kelly chose to reinforce their words with action and took to the streets, joining the protest.
Yachty posted video of himself saying to fellow protesters, “I feel like we gotta stand for something or we’ll fall for anything, you know what I’m saying?” — but in his caption noted that “I am no different from the next man. Every voice matters and must be heard.”
Machine Gun Kelly documented and shared images of himself and some friends from the march, with MGK holding up a sign that reads "silence is betrayal."
Nick Cannon shared many touching images and videos from his personal march experience in Minneapolis. As part of his protest, Cannon wore a black hoodie bearing George Floyd’s last words, “Please I Can’t Breathe.”
Tory Lanez shared his experience in real time of marching in LA via a series of videos on his Instagram story. Tory later posted a rather unshakable image of a car ablaze, urging his followers and anyone willing to listen, “In all our years .... WE WILL NEVER FORGET THE YEAR 2020 #BLM #Justice4GF.”
Tinashe, also took to the streets of LA. She shared photos and videos to her IG story of herself and others marching in Beverly Hills and on a Los Angeles freeway. In her story in particular she made it a point to share that “the protest I participated in yesterday in DTLA was non violent,” validating her words with a later post of images of the peaceful protest.