US Celebrities call for #BlackoutBlackFriday in Protest of Ferguson Decision

Celebrities including Russell Simmons and Grey’s Anatomy’s Jesse Williams have called on Americans to boycott Black Friday sales. 


The one day shopping event is the busiest trading day in America with huge price slashes across retails chains and online. It is usually marked with a frenzied shopping spree as shoppers make the mad dash to secure the latest deals.

Many black celebrities have been quite vocal about how they feel regarding the conrtroversial Jury decision not to prosecute the Police officer who shot dead teenager Michael Brown in the town of Ferguson in August this year.

Rihanna, Kerry Washington and Gabrielle Union were amongst the high profile celebrities voicing their anger at the decision not to prosecute.

Solange Knowles has also reportedly cancelled her PUMA sneaker Black Friday release in honour of the protests. She explained on her Instagram account why she cancelled the event, but didn’t elaborate on when the release will now happen.


The death of Micheal Brown has united the African American community in the US, with calls for reform of the justice system and renewed the race equality debate. Meanwhile, Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot the teenager has defended his actions, saying his actions had nothing to do with race. In an interview with ABC, Wilson was asked if he would have reacted the same way he did had Brown been a white teenager, to which he replied, ‘Yes’.

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