Black lives matter, even in the heavy metal world.
is making its voice heard in the fight for racial justice with a timely new item.
The Grammy Award-winning heavy metal band is selling Black Lives Matter T-shirts, fashioned after its iconic 1971 “Master of Reality” album cover. Fans can preorder the $25 shirts, which uses the
Ozzy Osbourne-fronted band’s purple logo transformed to read “Black Lives Matter.” They are expected to ship in mid-July.
The shirt’s design was inspired by Rage Against The Machine’s
Tom Morello, who posted an Instagram photo earlier this month wearing the shirt alongside his mother, who was holding a Black Lives Matter sign.
A native of Harlem, Morello — one of Rolling Stone’s “Greatest Guitarists” of all time — identifies as Black and has previously spoken about his racial identity in the rock music genre.
All proceeds will go to the nonprofit Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation.
Jimmy Kimmel apologized Tuesday for his 1990s blackface impressions of NBA player Karl Malone and other Black celebrities but said his delay in addressing the subject came in part to avoid handing a victory to his foes.
“I apologize to those who were genuinely hurt or offended by the makeup I wore or the words I spoke,” the ABC late-night star said in a statement.
It’s part of the entertainment world’s continuing reckoning triggered by the protests against police treatment of Black Americans. On Monday, four episodes of the comedy “30 Rock” were pulled from circulation because they featured characters performing in blackface.
Kimmel’s impersonation of Malone, which he started on radio and then brought Comedy Central, was criticized by Fox News Channel’s
among others. The two men feuded on air and online two years ago when Hannity objected to a Kimmel joke about Melania Trump’s accent.