Social media was awash with black squares on Tuesday as thousands of people participated in Blackout Tuesday, an online protest initiated by the Hollywood music industry in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement following the death of George Floyd in the United States.
Local celebrities such as Gary Valenciano, Bea Alonzo, KC Concepcion, and Maja Salvador were among those who have gone dark to acknowledge Floyd, an African-American man who died last Monday after a white police officer knelt on his neck for several minutes during an arrest.
His tragic death has sparked protests and riots in cities not only in America but in other parts of the world.
The black community in the United States is so close to my heart. More than that, in my years as a humanitarian I have spent weeks in the rural areas of Uganda, with the beautiful people of Africa who showed me nothing but warmth and kindness. I’m against all forms of discrimination, and racism. . If 2020 does not teach us all to be KIND, I don’t know what will... Where is the love? 🌹 #BlackoutTuesday
Blackout Tuesday gained momentum after music executives Jamila Thomas and Brianna Agyemang launched #TheShowMustBePaused, in response to the death of Floyd “and countless other Black citizens at the hands of the police,” the initiative’s website stated.
“#TheShowMustBePaused is an initiative created by two Black women in music in observance of the long-standing racism and inequality that exists from the boardroom to the music boulevard. We will not continue to conduct business as usual without regard for Black lives,” they said.
“Tuesday, June 2nd is meant to intentionally disrupt the work week. Monday suggests a long weekend, and we can’t wait until Friday for change. It is a day to take a beat for an honest, reflective, and productive conversation about what actions we need to collectively take to support the Black community,” they added.
Aside from Gary, Bea, KC, and Maja, below are the local celebrities who have participated in Blackout Tuesday:
MOIRA DELA TORRE
JODI STA. MARIA
JM DE GUZMAN