By now you’ve seen the posts on social media displaying a black screen (or some variation of it), usually accompanied with a hashtag that says #blackouttuesday and/or #theshowmustbepaused.

Today, June 2nd, was picked by two black female music executives, Jamila Thomas of Atlantic Records, and Platoon’s Brianna Agyemang, as a day for people to show solidarity in the fight against racism and police brutality.

The idea and purpose behind it is to put a pause on regular day-to-day operations of major music corporations, considering all of them have borrowed from and/or profited out of black culture in some way, shape or form. Also there’s a call to action for people to use this day to take a break from all the issues that have plagued our country recently, and to use the time to come up with real, viable solutions to enact change.

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For a full list of the initiatives please visit their website here

Also please keep in mind not to use the hashtag #blacklivesmatter or #blm in your black screen posts for Blackout Tuesday, as it disrupts the news people try to obtain when pressing either one of those hashtags. The appropriate tags to use are #blackouttuesday and #theshowmustbepaused.

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