Rookie Magazine hosted a Q&A video for Amandla Stenberg about a week ago for their “How We Live” series. We already love Amandla for so many reasons, but this video is awesome, even with the opener, where Stenberg says, “I’m actually getting ready for my senior prom.”
Jamila Woods’ “Blk Girl Soldier” references #BlackGirlMagic, “deja vu of Tubman” and the constant dismissal of black women and their struggles regardless of their constant support.
The video shows the Chicago singer, songwriter and poet wearing a shawl made of hair beads and a bandolier with hair rollers in the place of shot gun shells. She then goes on to name women that played an integral role in black empowerment over the decades, including Rosa Parks, Ella Baker, Angela Davis and Assata Shakur.
President Obama is a pretty professional guy. He kinda has to be being the president at whatnot. But, the Internet mashed up several of his speeches to string together him singing Rihanna’s “Work.” It is pure gold.
Yesterday, First Lady Michelle Obama gave a commencement speech at the City College of New York. During the speech, she explains why education is so important in opening up opportunities for young people of color. She also reflects on what it means to be a Black family in a “house built by slaves.”
“What I think is so wonderful about America is the fact that it’s a society of immigrants,” said Lupita Nyong’o in a video for the #IAmAnImmigrant campaign to remind Americans that we all come from an immigrant background.
Other celebrities supporting the campaign, which was put together by Welcome.us, with appearances from celebrities including Akon, Rosario Dawson, Wilmer Valderrama, Rosie Perez and many more recognizable faces.
You know who is tired of “slave movies”? Snoop Dogg. He even made a video to complain about them.
Donovan Livingston, Ed. M. ’16, performed a spoken word piece at the Harvard School of Education graduation ceremony this week that is absolutely riveting. In it, he addresses this country’s very ugly past and present with institutional racism and what it means to be a Black person in education at this moment of history.
Many people of color face implicit and explicit racism in their daily lives. A byproduct of that reality is something called “colorism.” In short, colorism is the discrimination against people who have darker skin. And Chika Okoro, a Stanford University graduate student, recently gave a TED Talk encouraging corporations to do something about it.
Writer, poet and cultural critic critic Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib’s debut book The Crown Aint Worth Much will officially be released on July 19th. Whether it be from any of the many worlds he plays a role in, many people are familiar with Willis-Abdurraqib’s work.
Following a ruling from a judge in Montgomery County, PA, 78-year-old Bill Cosby will now stand trial for sexual assault—11 years after survivor Andrea Constand first pressed charges against the entertainer.