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Selena Gomez, Shawn Mendes, And More Turn Over Their Instagrams To Black Leaders

Selena Gomez, Shawn Mendes, And More Turn Over Their Instagrams To Black Leaders
June 5, 2020 - 22:20 / Hayley Paskevich

Several A-list celebrities, including Selena Gomez and Shawn Mendes, are giving their Instagram platforms over to influential Black leaders! Here's what they said about it!

Selena Gomez, Shawn Mendes, and several more celebs are temporarily giving up control of their Instagram accounts to help elevate the voices of the Black community!

As Entertainment Tonight reports, Gomez was the first to lend her platform to the cause, when she used her page to introduce Alicia Garza.

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Gomez gets Black Lives Matter co-founder to take over account

Gomez had Garza— co-creator of Black Lives Matter as well as a founder of Black Futures Lab take over her account on Friday. That's when Garza posted a video via Gomez's Instagram where she explained the purpose of the Black Lives Matter protests and shared how people can get involved. 

"In order for us to change it, we got to join a movement, We all have to stand together and say, 'We won't take it anymore and here's what we want you to do instead,'" Garza said in the video.

"We all deserve better. And when we're organized and when we have a plan, we can actually change the things that we don't like in the country, so that we can make it right."

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Mendes gives Instagram stories to activists "for the next few days"

Shawn Mendes followed suit, choosing to first share his platform with activist and strategist Zyhana Bryant. As Entertainment Tonight shares, Mendes posted about how he would be giving up his Instagram stories "for the next few days to some incredible Black changemakers on the frontlines in the fight against systemic racism."

Bryant, who is focused on taking down Confederate monuments as well as educational equity issues, shared what people can do to be part of the movement during her takeover. 

"Now is the time to move to action, now is the time to educate ourselves and do the reading, find the local people in your community who are doing anti-racist work," implored Bryant. "Beyond just talking and posting on social media, I think we all have a responsibility to do our part to actually promote change."

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Lizzo and Lady Gaga also share their Instagrams with Black voices

Lizzo took to Instagram on Thursday to share that she would be talking to the Black Visions Collective in Minneapolis on Friday. She explained that she's using the Instagram Live as a way of informing both herself and her Instagram followers about the protests. "I believe in using my platform to give others the chance to speak," Lizzo said in her post.

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Lady Gaga also shared that she would be turning over control of her Instagram. "I’m giving over my Instagram account to each of the organizations I’ve recently donated to, in an effort to amplify their important voices," she said in a recent post. 

Some of these organizations include Loveland Foundation, Black Lives Matter, Campaign Zero, Marsha P. Johnson Institute, Color of Change, Black Future Labs, Fair Fight, and National Lawyers Guild.