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Tom Morello, Imagine Dragons’ Dan Reynolds, The Bloody Beetroots & Shea Diamond Team Up For Socially Conscious Collab

Though the bulk of the protests in June in response to the murder of George Floyd have subsided, the fight remains. Justice for Breonna Taylor and the many other POC who have wrongly died at the hands of police are still called for, and artists like Tom Morello, Imagine Dragons’ Dan Reynolds, The Bloody Beetroots & activist Shea Diamond are doing their part with a new collab called “Stand Up.”

The lyrics are hardly veiled, with lines like “When I call the police will they just kill me? / Will they just kill you? /
When I call the police will they just protect me cause I’m white skinned too?” The message is clear as day.

All four artists will be donating 100% of their proceeds from “Stand Up” to the following organizations: NAACPKnow Your Rights CampSouthern Poverty Law Center, and the Marsha P. Johnson Institute – all of whom Morello hails “are doing great work combating racism, injustice, and police brutality.” KIDinaKORNER/Interscope will additionally donate an amount equal to the artists’ record royalties derived from streams of the track for a 3-year period.

On song’s genesis, Morello says:
“I grew up in the tiny lily white, archly conservative town of Libertyville, Illinois. When I was a kid, someone hung a noose in my family’s garage, there was occasional N-word calling, etc, etc. On June 6 of this year, there was a Black Lives Matter rally and march in that same town that drew over 1,000 people.

It seems that the times, they are a’changin’. I was so inspired that night, I reached out to Dan from Imagine Dragons. The Bloody Beetroots and I had conjured a slamming track and within 24 hours Dan had sent back a completed vocal. We got Shea Diamond, a Black transgender woman with a long history of activism, on the track and the coalition was complete.”

Reynolds adds of the song’s urgency:
“When Tom reached out to work together with Shea Diamond and The Bloody Beetroots on this track I immediately went up into my room and wrote/sang the chorus and verse that day. This country certainly needs fixing, and I believe it will take people from all sides and colors to fix it.”

The Bloody Beetroots’ Bob Rifo on the track’s purpose:
“I was in my third month of quarantine and I was waiting for the right opportunity to present itself to reconnect to the world when Tom called me to work on ‘Stand Up.’ It is during times of turmoil and upheaval that we musicians have the responsibility to accelerate change with a loud and strong message for a better present and future. Today we can change this planet. This is our time. This is our turn.”

Diamond on allyship and her involvement on the song:
“When I hear people talking about being allies of the LGBTQ+ community, mainly in the Black and Trans community, it’s almost laughable. We watch them profit from our pain, making these surface level posts of solidarity – especially in music. When I think about Black Lives Matter and Trans Lives Matter, you don’t get to see any representations of collaborations – many would never share a post, let alone do a song together. So when I heard Dan Reynolds wanted me on his song, I nearly flipped. I wasn’t surprised, though – he’s been so intentional in sharing posts, helping to raise money within our community and more. He really puts the A in ally!!! This is a proud moment in music history, and I feel honored to be a part of such an important song during this climate… we need to know where everyone stands in the music community, as music is an essential tool that can change the hearts and minds of so many.”

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Shaq & Gronk Team Up For Epic, One-Of-A-Kind Live Stream Charity Event

Shaq’s Fun House and Gronk Beach are taking things to the next level with a one-of-a-kind collaborative live stream event for charity. Hall of Fame legend and 4X NBA champion Shaquille O’Neal and 3X Super Bowl Champion Rob Gronkowski announced today that they are teaming up for Shaq’s Fun House vs Gronk Beach Presented by The General Insurance.

The live streamed party with a purpose will feature epic SHAQ vs GRONK challenges & superstar musical performances while raising money for the NAACP and Boys & Girls Clubs of America in an effort to help in the fight against social injustices. In addition, the official food delivery partner of the event, DoorDash, has pledged to donate one meal up to 1.25 million meals to people in need for each viewer in the livestream through their partnership with Feeding America. The one of a kind global livestream will take place on June 27th starting at 8pm EST. Fans can tune in free of charge at www.ShaqVsGronk.com and directly on Tik Tok.

“I always say there are two things that truly bring people together, Sports & Music. So I called up my brother GRONK and my partners at The General Insurance and together we created a party with a purpose that is giving back to the community” – Shaquille O’Neal

“Ever since my first dance battle with SHAQ I have been waiting to challenge him again. I’m so excited to compete against SHAQ in five epic challenges all to benefit great charities, plus bring the world together for some fun with some of our favorite artists.” – Rob Gronkowski

SHAQ & GRONK are set to compete head-to-head in interactive challenges including the following:

  • Lip Sync Battle Presented by The General Insurance
  • Game of HORSE Presented by YAPPA
  • Jousting Presented by Monster Energy
  • Buffalo Wild Wings Blazin’ Challenge
  • The McCormick Grill Mates Steak Challenge
  • Rocket Mortgage Sports Showdown

The winner of each challenge will earn a donation to their charity – Team GRONK is representing the NAACP and Team SHAQ is representing Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

YAPPA, the official communication platform of the livestream, will power the live chat during the stream and also present a SHAQ v GRONK game of HORSE where fans have the chance to be a part of the stream by “Yapping” the type of shot they want SHAQ or GRONK to take.

Along with all of these one-on-one challenges, plenty of there will be plenty of musical performances and live interviews from artists including DaBaby, Snoop Dogg, Steve Aoki, Diplo, Carnage, and SHAQ making an appearance as DJ Diesel. Hosting this epic event will be journalist and broadcaster for Turner Sports, Taylor Rooks, alongside legendary comedian JB Smoove. In addition, fans from around the world will be able to show off their best at home dance moves alongside SHAQ & GRONK via The General’s Fan Cam – so get ready to DANCE!

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Eric Prydz Makes $10,000 Donation to NAACP

The music industry took a stand yesterday on social media for #BlackoutTuesday — a pause from music releases and promotion to redirect focus on the injustice happening here in our country.

The blackout wasn’t about remaining silent or simply posting a black square. It was about spreading awareness and taking action. And for Eric Prydz, that meant donating to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

His generous $10,000 donation goes directly toward the NAACP mission — to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.

“I stand with you,” Prydz wrote. “Help out anyway you can. #BlackLivesMatter

Donate to the NAACP here.

I stand with you.❤️

Help out anyway you can.#BlackLivesMatter https://t.co/Thozwm0BaX pic.twitter.com/TEztCe6Ebf

— Eric Prydz (@ericprydz) June 1, 2020

 

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Marshmello and more make major donations to blacks’ rights organizations

With Virgil Abloh, artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear collection and CEO of the trendy label Off-White, being called out for only sharing a screenshot donation for $50, it’s nice to see that many EDM producer/DJs are being more generous.

Today, Marshmello donated $50,000 to the NAACP. In the past week, Kayzo, Ghastly, Deorro, Svdden Death, Subtronics, and more have donated thousands to organizations like the Minnesota Freedom Fund, The People’s City Council Freedom Fund of Los Angeles, and more.

There’s a lot of debate about what white allies can do to show their support right now. If you’re unable to attend protests, to amplify and protect black voices, then donate. If you’re unable to donate, then share your support on social media; educate the uneducated, even relatives and friends. No one has an excuse right now to stay silent.

i stand with you and encourage others with means to contribute ANYTHING they can to worthy causes that support #blacklivesmatter pic.twitter.com/IyJhSF4tmf

— marshmello (@marshmellomusic) June 1, 2020

keep it goin https://t.co/4w0uq1KCKl pic.twitter.com/G6anV4JFet

— Deorro (@Deorro) May 29, 2020

OK BET KEEP IT GOING https://t.co/YH8u4ngaxY pic.twitter.com/yX12vvTrOB

— Subtronics BLM (@Subtronics) May 29, 2020

It’s not about the dollar amount. It’s about being aware of the injustice and blatant racism to minorities in our country.

If you can help please do so below 🖤https://t.co/WQaqefDChg pic.twitter.com/sG8RBNxqfZ

— kayzo (@KayzoMusic) May 30, 2020

I have donated to George Floyd’s family and the Minnesota Freedom foundation. I’d like to donate to a few more that could really use some help during this time.

Link me a few

— kayzo (@KayzoMusic) June 1, 2020

Thank you all for the incredible links to more places to help.

I just donated to

The People’s City Council Freedom Fund of Los Angeles – https://t.co/X1xYyJxs8T

Black Lives Matter Los Angeles – https://t.co/vJ2oIKLsGg

Reclaim The Block – https://t.co/cbD7a05kUV

— kayzo (@KayzoMusic) June 1, 2020

 

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Lane 8 Delays All Music Releases In Response To Ongoing Protests

As the protests and riots rage on across America, Lane 8 is using his platform to take a stand.

Not only that, he’s putting his release schedule on pause during this especially dark time in our nation. “i have decided to postpone all upcoming lane 8 music releases indefinitely,” he opens up in the post below.

Though he’ll promises to return with new music at some point, “right now it’s time for other voices to be heard.”

He adds, “in the meantime i will be listening & working on ways to combat the racist system that i have benefitted so much from during my life.”

He signs off with the most important statement: “Black Lives Matter” and a donation for $500 to the NAACP.

Lane 8 Speaks Out

sending lots of love out to you all. pic.twitter.com/y7dSPghp2l

— Lane 8 (@Lane8music) May 31, 2020