Kendrick Lamar Attends Compton Protests
He was spotted marching with DeMar DeRozan and Russell Westbrook in his hometown this weekend
Donning a black protective mask, Lamar was spotted in photos marching alongside NBA stars DeMar DeRozan and Russell Westbrook, and you can find photos of the three below.
"As I said today, this moment is not the ending, but the beginning of a new era — a movement to engage, educate and empower Compton to mobilize, organize and take action, especially when it counts," Compton Mayor Aja Brown wrote of the demonstrations. "Today was glorious. God is with us. It was a special day in Compton's History. I'm honored to be here with you. Compton, this is our time."
Lamar's attendance comes after his label home, Top Dawg Entertainment, shared a statement and list of resources to support the fight for Black lives.
"We are empowered in solidarity with our brothers and sisters within the Black community, and our allies of every creed and color," the label's statement reads in part. "The time is now for immediate change. These injustices must stop."
Earlier this year, Lamar launched pgLang, a "new multi-lingual, at service company." He was also sued alongside the Weeknd over a track on last year's Black Panther soundtrack.
Kendrick Lamar protesting with the people pic.twitter.com/hV98fWFFzw— HOT 97 (@HOT97) June 8, 2020
DeMar DeRozan & Kendrick Lamar protesting together in Compton, CA pic.twitter.com/pjBMOpb1xb— New Branches (@new_branches) June 7, 2020
Kendrick Lamar protesting in LA 🗣 pic.twitter.com/jtY4BAoQxC— Team Ab-Soul TDE (@abdashsoulTDE) June 8, 2020
I owe everything to Black culture. The Black community has given me friendship, mentorship, kindness, love, music, creative inspirations, role models and so much more. The fight to end racial injustice is a long one, but one I'm committed to being a part of through my art and my voice. Black Lives Matter. This is a portrait I took of Kendrick Lamar today. All I did was say hello. Without asking, he stopped and posed. I gladly photographed him.