With information from AFP
The most prominent labels in the music industry pledged to stop their business today in solidarity with the demonstrators anti-racist, which require a social change structural and an end to police brutality.
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Atlantic Records, Capitol Music Group, Warner Records, Sony Music and Def Jam, among many other companies, joined the initiative #TheShowMustBePaused (the show must stop), arising from the heat of the massive protests that come shaking out the streets of the united States during the days after the murder of George Floyd, at the hands of a white police officer in Minneapolis.
“It is difficult to know what to say because I’ve been dealing with racism all my life. That said, is raising its ugly head now and, by God, it is time to confront it once and for all. As guardians of culture, it is our responsibility to not only join together to celebrate the victories, but also to support us during a defeat,” said the producer Quincy Jones in a statement. “Perhaps with the music turned off, we can really listen”, he emphasized Columbia Records.
The blackout musical comes at a time when dozens of singers such as Rihanna, Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Dr. Dre, Taylor Swift, Cardi B, Billie Eilish and Killer Mike have expressed their anger and solidarity with the victim. “Over the past few days, the magnitude of the devastation, the anger and the sadness I have felt has been overwhelming, to say the least! I see my people being killed and linchada day after day he brought me to a dark place of my heart!”, said Rihanna outraged at Instagram.
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“We were all witnesses of his assassination in the full light of day… We are sad and upset. We cannot normalize this pain”, she said, for her part, Beyonce in a video, and urged to sign a petition demanding #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd. Her husband, Jay-Z, told through his company Roc Nation that he had spoken with the governor of Minnesota, Tim Walz, and welcomed the appointment of the attorney general of the state, Keith Ellison, to conduct a trial in the case of Floyd.
“I’m a human being, a father and a black man with pain…I’m more determined to fight for justice that any fight that they can undertake those seeking to oprimirme,” he said.
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“I call on all politicians, prosecutors and officials in the country to have the courage to do the right thing. Have the courage to look at ourselves as humans, parents, brothers, sisters, and mothers with pain, and look to yourselves”, he stressed.