According to the AP, the singer made this announcement on Wednesday (Aug. 10, 2016), just after donating $38,000 to the University of Toronto to establish an Ethiopian studies program. The Weeknd has previously issued his support of the Black Lives Matter movement following the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.
enough is enough. it's time to stand up for this. we can either sit and watch, or do something about it. the time is now. #blacklivesmatter
— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) July 7, 2016
Black Lives Matter was founded in 2013 by Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza, and Opal Tometi and is, as its website describes, “a call to action and a response to the virulent anti-Black racism” permeating society that intends to broaden the conversation around state violence as it relates to the Black community.