The 24-time Grammy winner and her foundation partnered with the NAACP in July to launch the Black-Owned Small Business Impact Fund. The goal, according to an Instagram post from BeyGOOD at the time, is “to help strengthen small businesses and ensure economic empowerment of black businesses.”
The first round of applications closed at the end of July and the 20 recipients were announced on August 18. Grants of $ 10,000 were offered to businesses. The Black-Owned Small Business Impact Fund will begin accepting nominations for the second round later this month. For more information on how to apply or donate to the fund, visit the NAACP website.
Beyonce spoke about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on black Americans when she appeared on the One world: together at home virtual concert in April. “This virus is killing black people at an alarming rate here in America,” she told viewers, noting that black Americans “disproportionately belong” to the workforce considered essential.
The star also made a statement following the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis Police Department in May, which launched the Black Lives Matter marches which are still ongoing. “We all witnessed his murder in broad daylight. We are broken and we are disgusted. We cannot normalize this behavior, ”she wrote on her website. “No more senseless killings of human beings, no more seeing people of color as less than human. We can no longer look away. ”
In June, she demanded justice for Breonna Taylor over what would have been the young woman’s 27th birthday with an Instagram post, urging her followers to sign a petition. Taylor was killed in March when police broke down the door to her home and repeatedly shot her while she was sleeping in her bed.