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The Weeknd Donates $250,000 to Black Lives Matter

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 22: Recording artist The Weeknd accepts the Top Hot 100 Artist award onstage during the 2016 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on May 22, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

The Weeknd, who’s working on his Beauty Behind the Madness follow-up, has donated $250,000 to the Black Lives Matter Network. The singer himself didn’t announce this, but two sources confirmed his gesture to the FADER.

The Toronto star has made his support of the Black Lives Matter movement known following Alton Sterling’s murder. He retweeted protest comments and expressed his own outrage.

Just a few days ago, the Weeknd donated $50,000 to the University Of Toronto in order to fund a new Ethiopic Studies program. Although he maintains an enigmatic persona, the Weeknd has been open about his Ethiopian heritage.