Richmond Times-Dispatch - - WEATHER DESK - Black Sab­bath Han­nity, Sean

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.


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