Morgan Wallen has fulfilled his pledge to donate $500,000 to Black-led organizations. According to USA Today, the country singer donated the final installment of $100,000 to Nashville’s National Museum of African American Music.
Wallen had promised to make the donation after he got himself embroiled in a racial controversy in February last year.
Wallen was caught in a doorcam video yelling the N-word as he bid good night to his friends. After the controversy, Wallen was removed from many country radio playlists, barred from major awards shows, and also had his contract “indefinitely suspended” by his record label.
Despite the controversy, Wallen’s second album Dangerous: The Double Album, which had debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in January, spent an unprecedented 10 straight weeks atop the chart during that period.
Wallen remained out of the spotlight for some time after the issue. But, in an interview in July on “Good Morning America” with Michael Strahan, the singer pledged $500,000 to Black-led organizations because that was the amount of money he estimated he’d made when his music sales spiked after the incident.
Wallen said he planned to donate that money to the Black Music Actional Coalition (BMAC) and other organizations he did not name.
USA Today says that Wallen donated $300,000 to the BMAC in the names of 20 people who had counseled him following the incident. Those individuals were given the option to funnel their respective $15,000 donations to a charity of their choice, or keep the money within the BMAC.
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