Stormzy pledges £10m for black people in the UK
Stormzy and his company have pledged £10m over the next 10 years in the “fight to finally try and even” the playing field for black people in the UK.
The grime star made the announcement to help organisations supporting racial equality and social justice following protests around the world in the wake of the death of George Floyd in the US.
Stormzy, who joined a recent Black Lives Matter rally in the capital, grew up in south London.
Last year, he topped the charts with single Vossi Bop and became the first black British solo artist to headline Glastonbury Festival, before going on to be crowned best male solo artist for the second time at the Brit Awards earlier this year.
He said he is “lucky enough” to be in the position that he is, and that people who dismiss the idea of racism existing in Britain because of his success are wrong.
Stormzy said: “I reject that with this: I am not the UK’s shining example of what supposedly happens when a black person works hard.
“There are millions of us. We are not far and few. We have to fight against the odds of a racist system stacked against us and designed for us to fail from before we are even born.
“Black people have been playing on an uneven field for far too long and this pledge is a continuation in the fight to finally try and even it.”