Music’s biggest names are speaking out in the wake of George Floyd’s death.
As outrage and protests spread across the the United States, Beyoncé, Rihanna, and Drake are using their platforms to demand justice on behalf of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and Floyd, a 46-year-old unarmed black man who was killed on-camera by a white police officer in Minneapolis this week.
Taking to Instagram on Friday night, Beyoncé shared an emotional message with her 147 million followers. “We all witnessed his murder in broad daylight,” said the singer, referring to the video of former officer Derek Chauvin, who pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes as he cried out: “I can’t breathe!”
She continued, “George is all of our family in humanity. He’s family because he’s a fellow American. There have been too many times that we’ve seen these violent killings and no consequences. Yes, someone has been charged but justice is far from being achieved.”
She urged her fans to sign the Change.org petition and “continue to pray for peace, compassion, and healing for our country.” The petition has over 7 million signatures, making it the fastest-growing and largest U.S. petition in Change.org’s history.
Rihanna also reflected on the “devastation, anger, and sadness” she has been feeling in the wake of Floyd’s death. Alongside a photo of Floyd, she explained why she has avoided social media until now.
“For the last few days, the magnitude of devastation, anger, sadness I’ve felt has been overwhelming to say the least! Watching my people get murdered and lynched day after day pushed me to a heavy place in my heart! To the point of staying away from socials, just to avoid hearing the blood curdling agony in George Floyd’s voice again, begging over and over for his life!!!” she wrote.
Drake also honored Floyd by sharing “Affirmation,” a powerful poem by Assata Shakur. “Rest in heaven George Floyd 🌹,” he captioned his post.