Megan Thee Stallion has donated £36,300 ($50,000 USD) to the victims of this month’s Atlanta spa shootings.
The Grammy-winning artist announced that she, in partnership with retailer Fashion Nova and journalist/activist May Lee, made a $50,000 donation to the Atlanta chapter of Asian Americans Advancing Justice.
The organisation "work(s) tirelessly to protect the civil and human rights of Asian Americans in Georgia and the Southeast," she said.
Seven women and one man, most of them of Asian descent, were killed March 16 in three shootings near Atlanta-area spas. The eight victims who were killed were Soon Chung Park, Hyun Jung Grant, Suncha Kim, Yong Ae Yue, Delaina Ashley Yaun, Paul Andre Michels, Xiaojie Tan and Daoyou Feng.
Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta is the first and only nonprofit legal advocacy organisation dedicated to protecting the civil rights of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (AANHPI) in Georgia and the Southeast.
Through its work, the organisation envisions a social movement in which communities of colour are fully empowered, active in civic life and are working together to promote equity, fair treatment, and self determination for all.
In an Instagram post, Megan Thee Stallion said she was “heartbroken” by the shootings:
“I am heartbroken by the loss of eight individuals taken from their families on March 16 in a senseless, violent attack against Asian Americans.
"To honour the memory of these victims, Fashion Nova and I have partnered with the journalist and Asian activist The May Lee Show on a $50,000 donation to Advancing Justice Atlanta 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”