Black Lives Matter: From BTS to Kanye West—here’s how much celebrities have donated

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Celebrities have been taking a stand against racism for the #BlackLivesMatter movement, and many are putting their money where their mouth is by making hefty donations to support the cause.

Find out which celebrities have donated the most so far, and how you can too support the cause from abroad:

Kanye West: US$2 million

Kanye West has donated US$2 million to support the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, and has even set up a college fund for George Floyd’s daughter, Gianna.

BTS: US$1 million

K-pop sensations BTS and their record label, Big Hit Entertainment, have donated US$1 million to Black Lives Matter. Shortly after, their fans have also vowed to match the donations.

The Weeknd: US$500,000

The Weeknd has donated half a million dollars to various organisations and urged those with “big pockets” to give big and those with smaller pockets to give what they could.

John Legend and Chrissy Teigen: US$200,000

Chrissy Teigen announced on Twitter that she would donate US$200,000 to help bail out protestors across the country. Husband John Legend later tweeted that the money would be going towards The Bail Project, the National Lawyers Guild and Movement for Black Lives.

Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively: US$200,000

Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively also donated US$200,000 towards the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, saying “We’re ashamed that in the past we’ve allowed ourselves to be uninformed about how deeply rooted systemic racism is.”

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Angelina Jolie: US$200,000

Angelina Jolie made a US$200,000 donation to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, saying “Rights don’t belong to any one group to give to another. Discrimination and impunity cannot be tolerated, explained away or justified. I hope we can come together as Americans to address the deep structural wrongs in our society.”

Virgil Abloh: US$20,500

After the controversy of posting a screenshot of his US$50 donation to a bail fund earlier on, Virgil Abloh clarified that he’d donated a total of US$20,500 to bail funds and other anti-racism organisations.

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Megan Thee Stallion: US$10,000

Rapper Megan Thee Stallion donated more than US$10,000 towards Restoring Justice, an organisation in Houston, Texas working towards ending mass incarceration by providing excellent legal, social and spiritual services to people accused of crimes.

Jay Park: US$10,000

American rapper Jay Park donated US$10,000 towards Black Lives Matter, after posting a message on Instagram about how Black culture has inspired his music.


How to support #BlackLivesMatter through donations:

George Floyd Memorial Fund – donate directly to George Floyd’s immediate family, including his brother and children

Minnesota Freedom Fund – an organisation that pays criminal bail and immigration bond for those who cannot afford to, with the goal of ending discriminatory, coercive, and oppressive jailing.

Black Lives Matter – the home of the #BlackLivesMatter movement with resources, videos, programs and more

Black Visions Collective – an organisation dedicated to Black liberation and to collective liberation

The Movement for Black Lives – a global organisation that supports Black-led rapid response efforts and long-term strategy, policy and infrastructure investments in the movement ecosystem

See also: #BlackLivesMatter: Listen and learn with these shows, podcasts and books

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