Megan Thee Stallion and online retailer Fashion Nova want to stop the anti-Asian hate and have donated $50,000 to the cause.
In response to the Atlanta spa shooting, Megan Thee Stallion, born Megan Jovon Ruth Pete, Fashion Nova, and Asian activist and correspondent for CCTV-America, May Lee, are supporting the Asian Americans Advancing Justice Atlanta, the nonprofit organization that protects the civil rights of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in Georgia and the Southeast, The Root reported.
“I am heartbroken by the loss of eight individuals taken from their families on March 16 in a senseless, violent attack against Asian Americans,” Megan wrote on IG. “To honor the memory of these victims, @FashionNova and I have partnered with the journalist and Asian activist @mayleeshow on a $50,000 donation to @advancing_justice_atl who work tirelessly to protect the civil and human rights of Asian Americans in Georgia and the Southeast. We stand in solidarity with all Asian Americans in saying that enough is enough. #StopAsianHate #StandWithAANHPICommunity.”
This is not Megan and Fashion Nova’s first venture into giving back to marginalized communities. The Megan-Fashion Nova partnership has given away $1 million in donations, grants, and scholarships to “female-focused organizations, entrepreneurs, students and other inspiring women doing great things” for Women’s History Month.
Fashion Nova charity umbrella, Cares, has supported The Black Trans Femme Artists Collective, HomeGirl Café, Girls Inc. of New York City, Casa De Esperanza, Black Women for Wellness, The Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles, Until Freedom, Texas Southern University, and The Breonna Taylor Foundation, which received $100,000 on the one-year anniversary of Taylor’s death.
“A year ago today Breonna Taylor was tragically taken from her family and friends,” Megan The Stallion wrote on IG March 13, USA Today reported. “Breonna’s name continues to be a catalyst for change and a powerful reminder that justice has still not been served.”
The coronavirus pandemic and reportedly rhetoric that came from President Donald Trump and his supporters have been criticized as stoking racism toward Asian communities.
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