On June 2, Jamila Thomas and Brianna Agyemang started something powerful. In a bid to pause business as usual in response to the wave of George Floyd protests, the two black women, who work in music marketing, spearheaded #TheShowMustBePaused, a call for the music industry to cease operations and the spread of all content unrelated to the ongoing issues. But in an unprecedented act of solidarity, celebrities, businesses, and individuals worldwide joined in the movement, flooding Instagram with images of black squares on Tuesday.
If there’s anything we’ve learnt from the rippling effects of issues, it is that change can begin in the smallest ways. Rethinking the way we live, think, and act is how we can keep the momentum of the battle against racism and violence.
For those wondering “Where do I begin?”, here’s a list of black-owned fashion labels you can support, either through a purchase or by spreading the word. Aurora James, founder of American label Brother Vellies, said in an Instagram post on June 3: “Black-owned businesses are the heart and soul of our communities, and they are closing right before our eyes at a rapid pace. They are the most vulnerable and have received the least amount of economic support.”
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