This year has been really tough. We have lost a lot of greats and have had to deal with the onslaught of increased violence against people of color, specifically Black Americans. But, sometimes it is a relief to just laugh and truly enjoy whatever is coming down the news thread. Michelle Obama’s and Missy Elliot’s ‘Carpool Karaoke’ with James Corden offers just that.
In this newest video from Franchesca Ramsey and her Decoded series with MTV, she debunks four of the most popular (very distracting and often false) myths about the Movement for Black Lives.
Working at the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality almost always means dealing with detractors hellbent on proving that your social issue is unimportant, off base and otherwise useless. The Movement for Black Lives is a perfect example of how people who do not support the work will come up with literally any reason to discredit it.
Many celebrities have been speaking out about the unjust levels of police violence against Black people in the United States. This week, Queen Latifah explained how it feels being the daughter and family member of many police officers. Her response might surprise you.
Many powerful images are coming out of the Movement for Black Lives. Most of them are from people on the ground who are organizing to end police brutality. However, this new video from Mic News called “23 Ways You Could Be Killed if You Are Black In America” features celebrities like Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Rosario Dawson, Pharrell, and A$ap Rocky discussing the many ways that Black people are murdered by police in the United States.
The week of July 3, 2016 may go on to be looked at as a turning point in the history of the Black Lives Matter movement. With the death of Alton Sterling, immediately followed by the death of Philando Castile, immediately followed by the shooting of nearly a dozen Dallas police officers, it’s sure to be a time period we remember for quite a while.
When Alton Sterling was shot and killed by Baton Rogue police, many felt both a great loss and helpless. Issa Rae, the actor-producer responsible for her Awkward Black Girl YouTube series and her forthcoming HBO series, Insecure, has stepped up to provide an outlet.
Rae, like many others, saw the pain on the face of Sterling’s family following his death – especially his son. To help, she decided to start a GoFundMe campaign to support all of Sterling’s children and their plans to go to college. As of writing, the campaign has collected more than $650,000.
Jesse Williams’ speech at the BET Awards may have been too good. Because people have been popping up out of the woodwork with their own takes on America’s racial climate as if it were easy. But a lot of them are getting tripped up on a lack of information and confusion. The latest to do just that was Wendy Williams.
Black women in the limelight are not only scrutinzed by onlookers and consumers. They are often devalued, hypersexualized, and fetishized in ways that render them mere objects.
What happens when activism becomes cool? Profitable? In a world driven by consumerism it seems almost necessary to integrate something like Black Liberation into the culture – as something that can be accessed, understood, bought, and enjoyed by most- to create sustainable change.
Laughter and pain have always had an intimate, almost symbiotic relationship. So it’s fully appropriate for writer, producer and activist Agunda Okeyo to explore that relationship when it comes to the pain that black people encounter through her stand-up comedy showcase.