Entertainment Companies Join "Blackout Tuesday" Initiative In Response To George Floyd Death

02 Juin, 2020, 04:35 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
  • Music industry takes a stance

The music industry will turn silent and observe Blackout Tuesday in solidarity with protests that have erupted worldwide after the death of George Floyd in police custody a few days back. Not only that but this halt in the business has been planned to support and stand with the black community thereby strongly protesting against racial discrimination and other related issues that still prevail in many parts of the world. Social media posts from major record labels and distributors have promoted the idea of taking a day to focus on social justice, rather than business as usual. "To protect and empower the Black communities that have been made them disproportionately wealthy in ways that are measurable and transparent".

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Among the labels joining in going dark are Warner Music Group, which includes Atlantic Records, Warner Records, Parlophone Records, Elektra Records and subsidiaries including Roadrunner. "We are and will be in this fight for the long haul", the statement concludes, promising a plan of action at a later date. Video footage widely circulated online shows a white Minneapolis police officer kneeling on Floyd's neck for an extended period even though the 46-year-old repeatedly mentions that he is struggling to breathe. In the week since the killing, Chauvin and three other officers have been fired from the force and Chauvin has been arrested for third-degree murder and manslaughter. Their call for "a day to disconnect from work and reconnect with our community" was shared by artists and music execs including Apple Music's Ebro Darden.

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