RIP George Floyd - Reggaeville Joins #TheShowMustBePaused & #BlackOutTuesday
06/02/2020 by Reggaeville
Reggaeville joins the #TheShowMustBePaused & #BlackOutTuesday initiative to bring awareness to the policy brutality racial injustice in the United States.
We have postponed our scheduled video premieres and we will not do our daily posts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Join us on June 2 as a day to disconnect from work to stand up and fight aganst racial injustice.
Jamila Thomas (senior director of marketing @ Atlantic Records) and Brianna Agyemang (senior artist campaign manager @ Platoon) are behind the #TheShowMustBePaused campaign and published the following statement on theshowmustbepaused.com
"In response to the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbe and countless other Black citizens at the hands of police, #TheShowMustBePaused is an initiative created by two Black women in music in observance of the long-standing racism and inequality that exists from the boardroom to the boulevard. We will not continue to conduct buslness as usual wlthout regard for Black lives.
Tuesday, June 2nd is meant to intentionally disrupt the work week. Monday suggests a long weekend. and we can't walt until Frlday for change. It is a day to take a beat for an honest, reflective and productive conversation about what actions we need to collectively take to support the Black community.
The music industry is a multi-billion dollar industry. An industry that has profited predominatly from Black art. Our mission is to hold the industry at large, including major corporations + their partners who benefit from the efforts, struggles and successes of Black people accountable. To that end. It is the obligation of these entities to protect and empower the Black communities that have made them disproportionately wealthy in ways that are measurable and transparent.
This is not just a 24-hour initiative. We are and will be in this fight for the long haul. A plan or action will be announced.
We are tired and can't change things alone. In the meantime, to our Black friends and family: please take the time for you and your mental health. To our allies, the time is now to have difficult conversations with family. friends and colleagues."
IN THE PRESS
- Music Industry Calling for a 'Blackout' in Response to George Floyd's Death [Billboard.com]
- George Floyd: Music industry calls for 'blackout' over death [BBC.com]
- Music industry leaders vow to pause business for a day in observation of Blackout Tuesday [CNN.com]