Black Lives Matter

This Is What Can Happen When Data Meets The Movement For Black Lives

On July 5, the number on The Guardian’s police killings ticker The Counted went up. On July 6, it went up again. The Guardian, like many other news outlets, with genuine intentions has made the effort to look at the numerous surveys, polls, and research behind racial disparities in policing in the country. My question is: who does the data usually benefit? Even more importantly: what is being done about it?

PASADENA, CA - MAY 14:  Entertainer Beyonce performs onstage during "The Formation World Tour" at the Rose Bowl on May 14, 2016 in Pasadena, California.

What’s Happening at the Formation World Tour?

It’s been more than a month since Beyoncé released her second visual album, Lemonade that discussed many personal issues and triumphs like infidelity, female empowerment, and more. She kicked off her tour on April 27 in Miami, Florida and concludes in Nashville, Tennessee. There will be 49 shows in total, 32 in North America and 17 in Europe.

Seeing how DJ Khaled is opening up for her, we know that the show is bound to be something special, even if he’s scared of her.

Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington Raised $17 Million For The Smithsonian African American History and Culture Museum

Get the right group of Hollywood players in one room and you can do some pretty amazing things. Denzel Washington is one of those people who has the clout and the means to make big things happen for Black communities. And, a recent fundraising party – which led to his helping the Smithsonian African American Museum – is just a real-life example of what that philanthropic spirit in Black Hollywood looks like.

The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture is set up to open up later this year. But before that can happen, the appropriate funds need to be raised – $540 million, according to the Root. The government has contributed $270 million, but the rest will likely have to come from donors. Which is where Washington and his wife Pauletta come into play. 

Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill Opens Haitian Art Exhibit In Flatbush

While Lauryn Hill was the only non-Haitian member of the Fugees, Pras and Wyclef Jean considered her “Haitian by association.” To show her appreciation of the culture – as well as the Caribbean and African Diaspora as a whole – she’s opened up an art exhibit to coincide with her performance at Kings Theatre this Friday. 

AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 11:  President Barack Obama speaks at the opening Keynote during the 2016 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at Long Center on March 11, 2016 in Austin, Texas.

President Obama Is The First President to Speak at SXSW

For the first time ever in its 30-year history, a sitting president spoke at South by Southwest.

President Obama walked on stage as a keynote speaker to open the Interactive section of the SXSW Festival on Friday, March 11, 2016 in Austin, Texas where he talked about 21st century civic engagement alongside the founder, editor, and CEO of Texas Tribune, Evan Smith. Not only was this awesome because of our amazing president, but also because he is the first president to ever deliver a keynote address at the South by Southwest Conference.

AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 15:  Festival goers attend the SXSW Music Opening Party during the 2016 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at Maggie Mae’s on March 15, 2016 in Austin, Texas.

Five Reasons Why South by Southwest 2016 Is Extra Dope

South By Southwest is an annual more than week long set of festivals and conferences focused on music, film, and technology. The event brings together professionals from the media world as well as super stars and interested fans.

Most people are timid around purchasing a ticket for SXSW, however this time the money is definitely worth the trip. Here’s why: