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Dev Hynes raises $500,000 for charity in just 48 hours

Dev Hynes, AKA Blood Orange, released a shirt on June 2nd “to raise money and awareness” for funds and organisations involved in America’s nationwide protests and has since revealed that the T-shirt, which was on sale for 48 hours, has managed to staggeringly raise over half a million dollars.

The T-shirt features the powerful statement “if you love black culture protect black lives”, as well as the Blood Orange logo layered over that of Brain Dead who are the LA-based clothing brand and creative collective that collaborated with Hynes on the design.

All of the proceeds from sales will be going to The Movement For Black Lives, as well as The LGBTQ Freedom Fund, who are also helping to provide bail for protesters.

In a statement posted to Instagram along with the announcement of the tremendous funds raised, Hynes noted: “Never doubt your self-worth, let it be known what can be done by a community that truly deeply cares.”

Adding: “It infuriates me seeing large companies (yes your favourite brands that throw an image from black culture on a tee and charge you an arm and a leg to fund moral questioning defence contractors) and artists that have mined and pulled from black culture idly letting time go by and quite literally doing the bare minimum just to save face.”

“They should be embarrassed and ashamed. We are all smarter than this and we see right through it, and I refuse to tolerate this anymore. Will be posting links in my stories to more means re: action.”

Check out his post in full, below.

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I’m emotional writing this, by pulling together we just raised half a million dollars in two days to go directly to The Movement For Black Lives @mvmnt4blklives & The LGBTQ Freedom Fund. Never doubt your self worth, let it be known what can be done by a community that truly deeply cares, it infuriates me seeing large companies (yes your favourite brands that throw an image from black culture on a tee and charge you an arm and a leg to fund moral questioning defense contractors) and artists that have mined and pulled from black culture idly letting time go by and quite literally doing the bare minimum just to save face. They should be embarrassed and ashamed. We are all smarter than this and we see right through it, and I refuse to tolerate this anymore. Will be posting links in my stories to more means re: action. Much much love to @wearebraindead for this opportunity. Tessa said it best, if you love black culture, protect black lives. Stay safe.

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