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Recognizing Blackout Tuesday in WNY

Posted at 6:24 PM, Jun 02, 2020

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — In difficult times, those in the entertainment industry say "the show must go on". This time, thousands insist the show must be paused.

“Today is a day the music industry specifically wants to stop the music and just focus on George Floyd, focus on justice,” said Yasmin Young, Brand Manager at Power 93.7 WBLK in Buffalo.

You've probably noticed it on social media: black screens followed by #BlackOutTuesday. It's an effort led by the entertainment industry with participants from around the world. Including streaming services like Apple Music and Spotify, celebrities like Mick Jagger and Buffalo's own The Goo Goo Dolls.

As well as dance organizations, like House of Hips here in WNY.

"We decided to have no classes today even online in support of the blackout the dance community is doing,” said Mandy Poreda, Co-Owner and dance instructor at House of Hips.

By suspending music streams and canceling dance classes, they hope to lift the voices of the Black Lives Matter movement.

“Music is one of the things that unites so many of us. It’s bringing a bit of power by saying let’s stop the music for a momenta and let’s focus, let’s focus on what’s happening in our country and let’s find ways to move forward and move on,” said Young.

Power 93.7 WBLK joined in as well, sharing a moment of silence with listeners on Tuesday afternoon. It's even expanded outside of music, the Niagara Falls Illumination Board decided to turn off the lights at the Falls for one hour in solidarity.

"What’s really important for people who want to be an ally to understand is that what I'm going through is different than what you’re going through is different from let’s say George Floyd’s family is going through.”

Some celebrities and activists fear the movement could bury helpful messages and resources. You can find those resources here.