Halsey Launches The Black Creators Fund Initiative
In the past couple of weeks, singer/songwriter Halsey has had her hands full advocating for the #BlackLivesMatter movement.
The 25-year-old Bad At Love singer has been hard at work, both on the field during protests where she would buy medical supplies and provide first-aid, but also on social media where she shared info, spread awareness, and encouraged her millions of followers to join the movement.
In yet another effort to move things forward, Halsey took to social media today to launch The Black Creators Funding Initiative, a fund which aim is to support black creators of every horizon by amplifying their voices and by giving them a proper platform to promote their art. “I am launching this to give funds, resources, and a platform to black creators,” Halsey shared in an Instagram post, adding that she and her team are looking for black artists and creators of any kind (writers, musicians, journalists, makeup artists, etc). “[We’re] looking for black creators who want to enrich the world with their work.”
Halsey’s manager, Anthony Li, quickly added some specificities about how things would work on Twitter.
Starting off, we’ll be gifting funds to black creators, as well as social media posts to help launch their platforms & amplify their art. Behind the scenes, we’ll be connecting the dots for other black creators, anything from introductions/points of contact or informational help. https://t.co/26cnUIjwEC
— anthony li (@anthonyli) June 11, 2020
He and Halsey will thus spend the week following the #BLACKCREATORSFUND tag on social media. Black artists are of course encouraged to share their art through the tag, but anyone can help by nominating their favorite black creators using the same hashtag.
The announcement sadly came with a handful of comments from people questioning the singer’s motives, as if she needed any. Halsey, who’s white-passing but whose dad is African-American, proceeded to shut down those comments by posting a picture of her dad and siblings standing side by side and captioning it “This why I never miss a DAMN day, and I love them so much I could explode.”
This why I never miss a DAMN day, and I love them so much I could explode. pic.twitter.com/b8WOqjKMa1
— h (@halsey) June 9, 2020
Along with launching the website for the BCFI on June 18th, Halsey will announce the first round of recipients that same day.