The Weeknd donates $500,000 to Black Lives Matter causes 3 months ago

The Weeknd donates $500,000 to Black Lives Matter causes

"Urging everyone with big pockets to give."

The Weeknd has donated $500,000 to the Black Lives Matter movement and other related groups.

Sharing screenshots of his sizeable donations, the singer urged others "with big pockets" to donate what they could in support of the movement against racism and police brutality.

"Keep supporting our brothers and sisters out there risking everything to push for actual change for our black lives," he wrote on Instagram.

"Urging everyone with big pockets to give and give big and if you have less please give what you can even if it's a small amount #blacklivesmatter."

The Weeknd, real name Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, also shared images of his receipts, showing his donations of $200,0000 to Black Lives Matter Global Network, $200,000 to the Know Your Rights campaign, and another $100,000 to the National Bail Out.

These significant donations come one week after the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody after a white officer knelt on his neck for an extended period of time.

Floyd's death triggered mass protests around the US and the world, as thousands took to the streets to protest systematic racism, discrimination, and police brutality.

Similarly, many Instagram users have opted to share black tiles on their pages today in support of #BlackoutTuesday. 

The solidarity initiative is a response to police brutality in the US and the systematic racism that still exists in America and around the world.

Users are opting to post a simple black tile on their feed and are committing to not posting anything else for the rest of the day, unless directly related to the Black Lives Matter movement.