Chance the Rapper has proven himself to be a man of the people, time and time again. As a hometown kid that’s always looking to give back to Chicago, especially the South Side, the announcement of his one-day music festival, “Magnificent Coloring Day.”
Chicago native Jessica Disu, also known as FM Supreme, is an activist and rapper who reps her city everyday. Many were introduced to her when she stood up for police abolition on Fox News but there is so much more to this young organizer. Her new video for the powerful song, “This is not a drill” details the ways that her activism is informed by her community, her experiences, and her faith.
We recently had the pleasure of spending some time talking to Chicago MC, Jessica Disu aka FM Supreme, about her seat right at the intersection of hip-hop music and social activism. She also provided some gems about the significance of travel in self-improvement and the controversy surrounding her appearance on FOX News calling for the abolition of police.
Read the entire interview below.
Diddy was the first rapper that influenced me to vote, even though I was too young I always appreciated a Black entertainer reaching out to me to tell me that my vote matters, and I very much recognized his Vote or Die campaign as outreach to young Black people.
In 2015, Diddy came out and said that voting is a “scam” and that our votes probably won’t change anything, followed by his comments earlier this week: that he expected Obama to do more for Black people in office. It sounds like Diddy has been receiving a strong dosage of political education and is now disappointed by the truth. This begs the question though: how much can a Black president really do for Black people?
As the Obamas wave us all goodbye as they prepare to leave the White House, we’re getting even more intimate looks into the past eight years of their lives. Most recently, Barack and Michelle have been revealed to be on the cover of October’s issue of Essence Magazine.
The first couple took the opportunity to speak on their legacy and the impact they’ve made on America, especially its youth.
The new film Southside with You, starring Tika Sumpter and Parker Sawyers is a sweet tale of black love. The film unfolds the now almost mythical story of President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama’s first date on Chicago’s south side. While, like Obama’s presidency, the film has its missteps and awkward moments, audiences everywhere will find this movie very delightful and very black.
Last week, Girls star and creator Lena Dunham had a conversation with comedian Amy Schumer, where they discussed what it is like to be a woman in the entertainment industry and deal with sexism on a regular basis. However, the conversation took a strange turn when Dunham and Schumer discussed their experiences at the Met Gala last year. Dunham’s comments sexualized and projected her own insecurities onto the unsuspecting Odell Beckham Jr., who had the misfortune of being seated next to her at the Met Gala.
Colin Kaepernick has done enough in a couple of weeks to completely transition from your standard NFL quarterback to an activist taking full advantage of his platform. After declaring that he’d no longer stand for the National Anthem until America works to end its injustices to people of color, he’s taking his commitment one step further.
Kaepernick recently announced that the first $1 million of his annual salary this year will be donated to various charities, according to Yahoo.
When I first read the code of conduct administered at Pretoria High School for Girls in South Africa, I was mortified. As a mother, with a daughter whose hair at 3 years old would be classified by some as “nappy”, all I could think was “How would I do her hair if this came home from her school?” The answer quickly revealed itself: I wouldn’t. I couldn’t.
Get ready superhero fans. Word on the digital streets is that Black Lightning could be getting his own series in the Berlanti-verse, which is currently the home of the CW’s Arrow, Flash, and Supergirl. To make things even better, the black power couple that is Salim and Mara Brock Akil are currently attached to the project after bringing us much beloved shows such as Girlfriends, The Game and Being Mary Jane, according to The Verge.