Shawn Mendes isn’t taking his platform for granted.
Earlier today, the 21-year-old Canadian crooner took to Instagram to announce that over the next few days, he’ll be handing his account (which boasts over 56 million followers) over to young Black change-makers on the frontlines of the #BlackLivesMatter movement in an effort to provide his followers with further resources and ultimately, aid in the fight against systemic racism.
To kick it off, Shawn introduced the first highlighted activist, 18-year-old University of Virginia at Charlottesville student Zyahna Bryant, and shared more about her story on The Shawn Mendes Foundation feed. Zyahna is an award-winning community organizer, published author, and currently serves as the youngest member of the inaugural Virginia African American advisory board, appointed by governor Ralph Northam. Feeling inspired? Follow her on IG (@zysaidso) to learn more.
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I’ve decided to hand over my platform on Instagram & give my stories for the next few days to some incredible young Black changemakers on the frontlines in the fight against systemic racism. Please receive them with love and solidarity. The first is @zysaidso. You can also head over to @shawnfoundation‘s IG for more information on her efforts. Photo cred: @locsimagestudio
You don’t have to take over Shawn’s Instagram to make a difference! Here are six simple ways you can get involved in the #BlackLivesMatter movement.