Stars who have gone to Black Lives Matter protests after George Floyd's death

By Zach Harper

Stars who have gone to Black Lives Matter protests after George Floyd's death


Since the death of George Floyd, celebrities have joined those addressing racism, police brutality and rallying for change. Many of them have gone to protests in support of Black Lives Matter.

Here are some of those who have boosted the movement and what they've been saying.

Michael B. Jordan

The Black Panther and Just Mercy star was at the June 6 protest in Los Angeles, where he made a speech urging Hollywood to hire more Black staff.

"A great agent doesn't have to be a great organizer, but a great agent could advocate for relationships with organizers," he said, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "What we are doing today will make our values heard and our voices heard. We've got to keep agitating things. We can't be complacent. We can't let this moment just pass us by."

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"If you have racist beliefs, if you have a racist bone in your body, if you're not with me, if you don't stand with me and people that look like me, you don't need to be with me," he continued later in his speech, according to an Instagram video posted by @BlackLove. "I use my power to demand diversity, but it's time that studios and agencies... do so."

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez

The couple stepped out to a protest in Los Angeles on June 7. Following the march, they both took to Instagram to share their thoughts.

"Today I had Emme and Max make me and Alex a sign for the protest," J.Lo wrote, sharing aerial footage of the incredible number of people marching through the streets. "Max told me a few days ago: 'You know, mom, since you have a following like some of my YouTuber gamers and they ask us to support things and we do, you should do that for George Floyd.'

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Today I had Emme and Max make me and Alex a sign for the protest. Max told me a few days ago: “you know mom, since you have a following like some of my YouTuber gamers and they ask us to support things and we do, you should do that for George Floyd.” I said, “funny you say that baby, I am planning a few things. Do you want to help by making a sign?” And they did!!  We talked about how if one person doesn’t have justice then no one does. That this country was built on the belief of freedom and justice for all. We must take a stand for what we believe in and fight against the injustices in this world. So we continue to peacefully protest until there is change. #BlackLivesMatter #GetLoud #CallingAllMamas #TeachThemYoung @arod

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"I said, 'Funny you say that, baby, I am planning a few things. Do you want to help by making a sign?' And they did! We talked about how if one person doesn't have justice then no one does. That this country was built on the belief of freedom and justice for all. We must take a stand for what we believe in and fight against the injustices in this world. So we continue to peacefully protest until there is a change."

Alex shared a photo of himself and Jennifer holding signs that read "BLM #EnoughIsEnough" and "Let's Get Loud for Black Lives Matter."

"Across our nation, for nearly two weeks, the message has been sent loud and clear," he wrote. "Americans everywhere protesting for peace. For equality. For humanity. To show #BlackLivesMatter. To show we are sickened, both by the senseless way George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis and by the many brutal, unnecessary, ugly murders that came before him.

"Los Angeles... we are proud to walk alongside you, and to share in such an important message. Thank you for speaking up. Thank you for continuing to fight the good fight. Thank you for using your voices for good."

"America: It's time to listen."

Kanye West

The rap superstar was spotted in Chicago attending a demonstration on June 4. He also created a college savings fund for Gianna Floyd, George's six-year-old daughter, and has donated US$2 million to support the families of Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery.

Zoe Kravitz

The actress, who is the daughter of Lisa Bonet and Lenny Kravitz, attended the London protest on June 6. She held a sign that featured a quote from author James Baldwin that read, "I can't believe what you say, because I see what you do."

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She drew praise from many on Instagram when she shared the image, including her dad, who wrote "That's my girl!" in the comments.

John Boyega

The Star Wars actor gave a speech at a protest in London's Hyde Park on June 3.

"Imagine this," he said during his remarks, "a nation that is set up with individual families that are thriving, that are healthy, that communicate, that raise their children in love, have a better way of becoming better human beings."

Pink

The superstar and her husband, Carey Hart, came out to a protest, where she was pictured wearing a shirt honouring civil rights figure Rosa Parks, sunglasses and a mask to protect her from the spread of the coronavirus. She and Corey shared the same image on their Instagram accounts, and she used the hashtags #BlackLivesMatter, #DoTheRightThing and #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd in her post.

Cole Sprouse

The Riverdale star was arrested while protesting in Santa Monica on June 2, and returned to demonstrations two days later.

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A group of peaceful protesters, myself included, were arrested yesterday in Santa Monica. So before the voracious horde of media sensationalism decides to somehow turn it about me, there’s a clear need to speak about the circumstances: Black Lives Matter. Peace, riots, looting, are an absolutely legitimate form of protest. the media is by nature only going to show the most sensational, which only proves a long standing racist agenda. I was detained when standing in solidarity, as were many of the final vanguard within Santa Monica. We were given the option to leave, and were informed that if we did not retreat, we would be arrested. When many did turn to leave, we found another line of police officers blocking our route, at which point, they started zip tying us. It needs to be stated that as a straight white man, and a public figure, the institutional consequences of my detainment are nothing in comparison to others within the movement. This is ABSOLUTELY not a narrative about me, and I hope the media doesn’t make it such. This is, and will be, a time about standing ground near others as a situation escalates, providing educated support, demonstrating and doing the right thing. This is precisely the time to contemplate what it means to stand as an ally. I hope others in my position do as well. I noticed that there are cameras that roll within the police cruisers during the entirety of our detainment, hope it helps. I’ll speak no more on the subject, as I’m (1) not well versed enough to do so, (2) not the subject of the movement, and (3) uninterested in drawing attention away from the leaders of the #BLM movement. I will be, again, posting the link in my story to a comprehensive document for donations and support.

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"We were given the option to leave, and were informed that if we did not retreat, we would be arrested," he wrote on Instagram of his arrest. "When many did turn to leave, we found another line of police officers blocking our route, at which point, they started zip tying us. It needs to be stated that as a straight white man, and a public figure, the institutional consequences of my detainment are nothing in comparison to others within the movement."

Ben Affleck and Ana De Armas

The star and his new girlfriend were seen carrying a sign urging people to save First Baptist Church of Venice. The church has stood for 109 years and was built by a Black architect. There are now plans to convert it into a "private home," and many in the community have spoken out against that, especially following George Floyd's death.

David Schwimmer

The former Friends star and his ex-wife Zoe Buckman went to the New York protest on June 2.

"We marched in honour of the countless Black lives lost to racial violence; to pose the institutional racism and systemic bias against marginalized communities; to show our love for, and solidarity with, our family members, colleagues and friends of colour... and to demand a better future for our children. ALL of our children," he wrote on Instagram. "It is not enough to be opposed to racism. We must be actively opposed to it."

Jamie Foxx

The Oscar-winning star was in Minneapolis on May 29 to take part in a demonstration demanding justice for George Floyd, where he gave a speech. On June 1, Jamie was in San Francisco for another protest, where he made some more remarks.

"What I want to say to my Hollywood friends is you got to get out here," he said. "You can't tweet. You can't text... You have to understand, people are hurting."

Tessa Thompson

The Westworld star protested in Los Angeles. She shared a photo of protesters kneeling in the streets and said most Black Lives Matter demonstrations have been non-violent, which she said wasn't getting enough coverage.

"I can say that the #LosAngelesProtest was entirely peaceful until the @LAPDHQ arrived and escalated it @MayorOfLA are you seeing this? Also where was the robust media coverage then?" she tweeted.

Ariana Grande

The GRAMMY-winning star also shared Tessa's frustrations over media coverage as she shared a photo from Los Angeles demonstrations on May 30.

"Hours and miles of peaceful protesting yesterday that got little to no overage," she wrote. "All throughout Beverly Hills and West Hollywood we chanted, people beeped and cheered along. We were passionate, we were loud, we were loving. Cover this too please. #BLACKLIVESMATTER."

She also shared several resources for people to help Black Lives Matter and get involved by donating and taking other action in her Instagram Story.

Nick Cannon

The former America's Got Talent judge shared an image of himself protesting in Minneapolis as well. Like Jamie, he also spoke to demonstrators.

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"How many times I gotta say this!" He wrote on Instagram as he shared the image. "I'm Taking the gloves off Because Racism is the main deadliness that's contagious!"

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