The Weeknd Donates $250,000 to Black Lives Matter
Published Aug 10, 2016Beloved Toronto R&B singer the Weeknd has made his second high-profile donation of the month, having just given the Black Lives Matter Network a reported $250,000.
As Fader reports, sources close to the singer have confirmed the generous donation to the Black Lives Matter Network, which is self-described as "a chapter-based national organization working for the validity of Black life." One such chapter exists in the Weeknd's hometown of Toronto.
Earlier in the summer, the musician had tweeted his support of the movement, in response to the recent shooting deaths of U.S. citizens Alton Sterling and Philando Castile at the hands of police, whom he critiqued in a follow-up post.
enough is enough. it's time to stand up for this. we can either sit and watch, or do something about it. the time is now. #blacklivesmatter— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) July 7, 2016
The news of this latest act of philanthropy from the Weeknd (a.k.a. Abel Tesfaye) arrives just days after it was announced that the singer had donated $50,000 to the University of Toronto to start an Ethiopic Studies program.