This past Monday, Chance the Rapper appeared on The Tonight Show, yet again, to perform “Blessings (Reprise)” for Jimmy Fallon and his live studio audience. And what could’ve easily been an entertaining, but simple, performance proved to be another example of Lil Chano from 79th outdoing himself.
There is no question that schools need better, more effective ways to manage and mentor diverse student populations. One school, Robert W. Coleman Elementary School, is doing just that by getting rid of traditional punitive detention halls and bringing in yoga mats for meditation.
Dylan Marron is known for keeping it all the way real in his short films with Seriously.TV. Professor Michelle Alexander, who’s book The New Jim Crow drew collective attention to mass incarceration in the United States, is also well-known for being brutally honest about the ways that implicit and institutional racism operate to dis-privilege Black and Brown people, especially the poor, in this country. The two of them got together to discuss these issues recently and the results are necessary viewing for those who have remaining questions on the topic.
As the nation is being thrown into an era of frustration and heartbreak over the far too regular deaths of black people by the hands of police, everyone is feeling the impact on some level. Children are unfortunately no exception. Even they have a firmer grasp on the world around them than one may think.
The children are listening, people. And, more importantly, they’re hurting. Evidence of this came on Tuesday when 9-year-old Zianna Oliphant spoke before Charlotte city council in their first meeting following the shooting of Keith Scott and the protests that soon followeed and unfortunately turned fatal for one participant.
Many Hollywood stars have chosen to remain silent as more and more Black people are shot and killed by police authorities each day. However, comedienne Sheryl Underwood recently used her position as a host on the daytime CBS show The Talk to explain why more needs to be done to address the unjust killings of Black people across the country.
Marshawn Lynch has been a real dude since high school. Growing up in Oakland, witnessing ongoing police violence and brutality can have that effect on an individual. During a recent discussion with Conan O’Brien, Lynch explained how he feels about Colin Kaepernick taking a knee during the national anthem and what it means for justice.
Richard Sherman rose in prominence a few years ago when his emotional response after a game garnered a slew of racist responses. At that time, he told the world that using the word “thug” in reference to Black people was just another way of calling them the “n-word.” Since then, he participating in what looked like an “all lives matter” demonstration with his Seahawks teammates and coaches. But, now, he seems to have moved back to his original position.
There are many sayings about Black communities that go unquestioned. One of the most prominent ones is the term “Black on Black crime.” In a new video, The Root is showing exactly why the myth of “Black on Black crime” is completely out of step with the historical racism and segregation that created and diminished many predominantly Black communities in the first place.
This can’t be emphasized enough: history matters. History is especially important when making judgements about whether or not common terms like “cracker,” “white trash,” and “redneck” are “racist against white people.” That’s exactly what Franchesca Ramsey is doing in her new video with MTV News, proving that even terms that seem “racist” on the surface have deep histories in classism and white supremacy.
Following Colin Kaepernick’s protest of the national anthem, debate has grown about the ways people of color should protest. Yes, many white people have completely missed the point that Kaepernick and so many others are making when they stand up against police violence against Black people: that people of color should have freedom to exist in whatever way they please.
Instead, many white people focus on how uncomfortable they feel that people of color would do or say anything at all in opposition to systems of oppression. In response, Seriously.TV has made a new video showing just how problematic it is to tell people of color how they should protest.