Ariana Grande Unfollows Starbucks on Instagram After Coffee Chain's Black Lives Matter Controversy



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“Our partners (employees) told us that they need a way to express themselves at work and we heard them,” the company wrote on Twitter, alongside a link to a letter, entitled “Standing together against racial injustice,” discussing the policy change.

Grande's unfollow is notable since she once became a "Starbucks ambassador," posing with the Cloud Macchiato drink while wearing a green Starbucks apron in March 2019.

At the time, Starbucks replied to the star's photoshoot with a play on her song "7 rings," writing: "You want it, we got it. You want it, we got it. You like our cloud? Gee thanks, just made it. #CloudMacchiato."

Grande has been outspoken about her activism amid the ongoing Black Lives Matter movement, and the fight against racial injustices. She shared her experience peacefully protesting with her boyfriend Dalton Gomez and friends in Beverly Hills, and encouraged fans to stay focused on the cause.

"stay active, stay energized, keep sharing, keep learning 🖤sending strength and if you are protesting today please be safe," she wrote on Instagram on May 31, sharing details on how to support Black Lives Matter.

To help combat systemic racism, consider learning from or donating to these organizations:

  • Campaign Zero (joincampaignzero.org) which works to end police brutality in America through research-proven strategies.
  • ColorofChange.org works to make the government more responsive to racial disparities.
  • National Cares Mentoring Movement (caresmentoring.org) provides social and academic support to help black youth succeed in college and beyond.

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