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K-POP NEWS WEEKLY
As we stand and take action with the Black community in support of Black Lives Matter, it’s been important to see which public figures have been using the power of their platforms for good.
The, at times, pre-existing racial divide between Asian and Black communities makes it doubly important for Asian entertainers to fight for what’s right in order to continue to close the gap between the two.
While the K-Pop community often remains impartial, many of the most influential idols have chosen to speak out.
Jay Park was one of the first to stand up in a post to his 4 million Instagram followers. He shared how big of an impact black culture and music has had on his career. He went on to express his anger over the countless, innocent lives that have been lost. Jay’s agency, H1GHR Music, and their artists donated $21,000 to Black Lives Matter.
Eric Nam said it best, “It does not matter what color your skin is, this affects you.” Eric continued to share posts encouraging his 3 million followers to educate themselves and to do something about it. Fans from across the globe have been leaving comments sharing ways to help, personal stories and continuing important conversations.
It’s not only Korean Americans that have shown their support. Jamie Park took to Instagram to educate fellow artists about why it’s important that the Korean music industry supports Black Lives Matter. She took a crucial step by explaining systemic racism in America to her international following that may not understand. Jamie also strongly expressed how Black music and culture is the greatest influence of K-Pop music.
Chinese artist and K-Pop Idol, Jackson Wang, posted a call to action to his 17 million followers encouraging everyone to fight racism together. Shortly after, Team Wang made a donation to the Black Lives Matter campaign. He wasn’t the only GOT7 member to take action. Mark, as we previously reported, and Yugyeom made donations while leader JB showed his support on Blackout Tuesday.
우리는 인종차별에 반대합니다. 우리는 폭력에 반대합니다. 나, 당신, 우리 모두는 존중받을 권리가 있습니다. 함께 하겠습니다.
We stand against racial discrimination. We condemn violence. You, I and we all have the right to be respected. We will stand together.#BlackLivesMatter
BTS spread this message to their 26 million international fans, followed by a donation of $1 million to Black Lives Matter. ARMY quickly rallied together to match their donation. As of today, nearly 41,000 ARMY have donated raising over $1.3 million. This act of urgency, generosity and love proves that it’s possible for all of us to come together as one to make the change we need.
There are many more idols that spoke out to raise awareness including NCT127’s Johnny Suh, KARD’s BM, BTOB’s Peniel, The Rose’s Woosung and Ladies Code’s Ashley Choi, to name a few. Through the names I’ve mentioned alone, they had the potential to reach over 70 million followers.
We’re so proud of the K-Pop community and are looking forward to their continued support of Black Lives Matter and beyond.
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