English rockers Black Sabbath are now selling a Black Lives Matter t-shirt designed from their Master Of Reality album artwork, and the sales are benefitting charity.
Amidst a world of rightful chaos following the death of 46-year-old George Floyd who was killed by a Minneapolis police officer late last month, many musicians are stepping up to the plate to help out in any way they can.
Multiple musicians have used this moment in history as an opportunity to share songs that resonate and empower the current Black Lives Matter movement, while other artists have used their public platform as a voice to the masses while raising money for charity.
Inspired by Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello, Black Sabbath are now selling their own Black Lives Matter t-shirt which takes shape based on their 1971 album Master Of Reality.
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My 96 yr old mom has been a tireless advocate for Black Lives her whole life. From being a foreign student advisor at the Univ. of Illinois, to teaching in Kenya and supporting the anti-colonial movement there, to teaching African Studies and bringing a radical perspective to a white conservative high school for 30 yrs, to being a member of the Illinois Urban League and campaigning for civil rights, to helping homeless African American men get their GED at the Salvation Army, to telling anybody who came at our family with any racist garbage to go straight to hell, to arming me with pride & confidence, to being a lifelong proponent of racial justice and ruthless critic of racist police. Proud to stand with her today, as always, in solidarity in the fight for a more just and humane country & planet. (Photo by Rhoads Morello)
Although the design is borne of one of Black Sabbath’s biggest albums, the shirt design was originally inspired by Morello, who posted a photo on Instagram of him wearing the purple and black shirt alongside his mother as they joined the fight for solidarity.
“My 96 yr old mom has been a tireless advocate for Black Lives her whole life,” he stated. “Proud to stand with her today, as always, in solidarity in the fight for a more just and humane country & planet.”
Shortly after this was posted, Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler took notice, commenting: “Nice shirt & nice sentiment & awesome mum.”
Now, the heavy metal collective have decided to take on the design, placing it up for sale with 100% of net profits being donated to Black Lives Matter.
Keen to grab one for yourself, and join the fight in solidarity? You can pre-order the Black Lives Matter/Master Of Reality mash-up shirt via their website, where they are expected to begin shipping on July 14th.
Check out the tweet announcing the new Black Sabbath shirts:
— BlackSabbath (@BlackSabbath) June 16, 2020