Musician Noname triggered a chain of donations to the Minnesota Freedom Fund, after sharing her own pledge and encouraging celebrities who followed her to match her donation. Singer and actress Janelle Monáe along with Yara Shahidi, Kehlani, 6LACK, and Jameela Jamil were among those who donated. Janelle tweeted, “I’m getting heroes out of jail in Louisville. Join me if you can (especially those who seek to be allies). Let’s donate.”
USA Today reported that Blake Lively and husband Ryan Reynolds also donated to the cause. The couple donated $200,000 to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. “We’re ashamed that in the past we’ve allowed ourselves to be uninformed about how deeply rooted systemic racism is,” they wrote in their announcement.
“We’ve been teaching our children differently than the way our parents taught us,” they wrote. “We want to educate ourselves about other people’s experiences and talk to our kids about everything, all of it… especially our own complicity.”