Rihanna, Cardi B, and Ice Cube were among the many celebrities urging people to get out and vote as congressional primary elections get underway in the U.S.
As #BlackoutTuesday took over social media in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement yesterday (June 2), several states held their congressional primary elections: Indiana, Iowa, New Mexico, Maryland, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Montana, Rhode Island, and Washington, D.C.
A number of celebrities made sure to remind their fans and the general public of the power they hold by voting.
“We are STILL in a pandemic with a virus that did NOT go away. We still have to practice social distancing. They want YOU to be discouraged in this process today. Today is NOT the day to be ‘meh this ain’t November,’” The Roots’ Questlove cautioned in an Instagram post. “Please take time to visit the platforms of the candidates running for Congress/House (if you haven’t already) [and] make sound, informed decisions. Go out there (be safe) and vote.”
Cardi B, an outspoken advocate for former presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders, also had a message for her 67.1 million social followers. She warned them of the dangers of not exercising their constitutional right alongside a roundup of recent tweets from Trump mobilizing his supporters.
“Trump is encouraging his supporters to vote and THEY WILL! They follow everything and do everything he tells them to do. WE have the power to vote as well.Trump and the Republican Party have a lot of influencers, followers and supporters but so do WE!” she wrote. “THAT'S WHY WE ENCOURAGING YOU TO VOTE! This is something that WE CAN ALL WIN TOGETHER. YOU will be a part of change.”
The primary election comes as protests and peaceful demonstrations persist across the nation in response to police brutality against Black people in America. Tens of thousands of people have continued to take to the streets every day in the midst of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic advocating for social justice reform since the police killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. In the wake of national unrest, President Trump threatened to deploy the national guard in cities engulfed by protests in his national address on June 1.
Megan Thee Stallion, Ice Cube, Timbaland, LL Cool J and numerous other artists are joining the call for people to get out and vote.
Check out their responses below:
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