Demi Lovato Honors Late Breonna Taylor and Calls for Change

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Amid the ongoing nationwide protests after the death of George Floyd,Demi Lovato is also taking a moment to pay tribute to Breonna Taylor.

The singer reminded her followers that Taylor -- a 26-year-old black woman who was fatally shot by police in her Louisville, Kentucky, home in March -- would have turned 27 on Friday and to continue to fight for justice.

"It’s Breonna Taylor’s birthday this Friday. She was an EMT on the frontlines during corona. Around midnight on March 13th police broke down her door and shot her 8 times, no evidence of a crime was uncovered. #birthdayforbreonna #justiceforbreonnataylor," Lovato tweeted alongside a drawing of Taylor.

In Lovato's Instagram repost, the message adds a call to action, suggesting to call the governor of Kentucky. "The sole crime was the murder of Breonna Taylor. Her crime being asleep in her own home. @battymamzelle thought of a great way to honor Breonna’s birthday, send cards to the attorney general. The most underserved demographic in America is black women, we cannot allow them to forget Breonna," the message states.

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#Repost @sirahsays with @get_repost ・・・ It’s Breonna Taylor’s birthday this Friday. Her favorite colors were blue and purple @iamkevingates was one of her favorite artists. She was an EMT on the frontlines during corona. Around midnight on March 13th police broke down her door and shot her 8 times, no evidence of a crime was uncovered. The sole crime was the murder of Breonna Taylor. Her crime being asleep in her own home. @battymamzelle thought of a great way to honor Breonna’s birthday, send cards to the attorney general. The most underserved demographic in America is black women, we cannot allow them to forget Breonna. #birthdayforbreonna #justiceforbreonnataylor. LINK IN BIO TO WRITE THE GOVERNOR ON BREONNAS BEHALF Thanks @mollytarlov for sharing 💞

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Lovato also posted a lengthy message about how all four fired officers who were involved in Floyd's death were officially charged Wednesday. The third-degree murder charge that Derek Chauvin, the officer who knelt on Floyd's neck, received was also upgraded to second-degree murder.

Lovato also touched on white privilege and how people need to do better and make changes in police departments.

"White people: PLEASE HELP FIGHT THIS GOOD FIGHT. The Black community NEEDS YOU!!!!" she wrote in part. "To the 'good' cops: Stop letting your co-workers kill black people. Period. I thank you for hearing everyone and protecting us but oh my god please do something! Please do better!"

As she addressed her black followers, fans and coworkers, she also wrote, "I hate my white privilege. It feels gross.. like having blood money or something. But I will use it to change things in whatever way I can."

For more information and to help the Taylor and Floyd families, as well as support the Black Lives Matter movement, see below.

Help the family of George Floyd HERE.

Fight for Breonna Taylor HERE.

Help the family of Ahmaud Arbery HERE.

Want to help protesters? Donate to one or more community bail funds HERE.

Visit Movement for Black Lives for additional ways you can help the cause.

Want to connect with leaders building grassroots campaigns? Click HERE.

Are you an ally and want to learn more? Here are some anti-racism resources.

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