Issa Rae Raises More than $650K For Alton Sterling’s Family

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

The Importance of Mental Health After Major Tragedies

I turned 24 years old on Wednesday, the same day I watched two black men lay lifeless after being shot by police officers.

Then I watched the aftermath of a sniper attack in downtown Dallas, interrupting a peaceful protest as an opportunity to cause pain and instill fear. I’ve laughed, cried, fought sleep and passed out due to exhaustion this week. Yet, these experiences are likely being felt by millions of people across the country along with me. 

It Looks Like The Academy Is Actually Listening To People Of Color

Maybe all of our griping and organizing around the lack of people of color awarded by the Academy is finally paying off. Maybe.

A few days ago, I sat in a room full of activists as they worked their way through a variety of issues that occur in their spaces. One of these was the challenge of avoiding exhaustion and complete burnout due to the constant fighting for a cause and, ultimately, feeling like you’re tallying up far fewer wins than losses.

My thinking on this problem is that the effects of social activism usually can’t be quantified until much later on. By trying to change an entire world’s thinking on certain issues, there’s no sort of instant gratification involved. A leader could spend their entire career fighting for equality and not see any significant change until years, or even decades, later. 

Michelle Obama Takes Sasha and Malia To Liberia For New Girl’s Education Initiative

The Obama women visited Liberia this past Monday to bring attention to the country’s rising dropout rates for girls following an Ebola outbreak. Schools were forced to close for months and students remained home due to the panic. Now, there’s a growing concern that their education has been stunted.

“This trip will allow the first lady to reach directly to publics of three important U.S. partners and talk about an issue that is important to all of us: The education of girls, and the empowerment of women and girls more broadly,” said Ben Rhodes, deputy national security adviser, according to CNN.

Husband Makes A Black Game Developer Barbie For His Wife

Barbie dolls have never been as representative of people as they should be. One man is attempting to change that now.

Marcus Montgomery wanted to get his fellow-game designer wife Lisette the latest career Barbie doll, which coincidentally happened to be Game Developer Barbie. Only, all of the dolls that Montgomery could find anywhere were white with red and black hair, according to Buzzfeed.

Simone Biles Is The Magical Black Girl Dominating Women’s Gymnastics

In the traditions of Dominique Dawes and Gabby Douglas, another black girl is ruling women’s gymnastics. Simone Biles could be the best gymnasts of all time, according to both her peers and her stack of medals from the US National Championships this weekend—her fourth straight all-around win, a feat no one has achieved in 42 years.

Homeless Prom Queen Graduates With A Full-Ride To College

In yet another lesson on not presuming to know anyone’s struggles, a 16-year-old in Washington D.C. is getting all of the applause she deserves.

Destyni Tyree has been living in one of the city’s largest homeless shelters along with more than 240 other families after her mother lost her job and they struggled to keep up with rising rent costs.

Despite that, she’s managed to graduate high school in only two years, get a full-ride scholarship to Potomac State College of West Virginia University, was captain of the cheerleading team and was voted prom queen. Oh, and this all happened while she was working a 25-hour a week part-time job. 

Jesse Williams Drops the Mic at The BET Awards

Jesse Williams has earned the name “activist bae” for many reasons. He is active on social media about his concern for the preservation of Black Lives. He is a humanitarian and does not shy away from confrontation when it comes to challenging the status quo of racial aggression in the United States. Williams gave an amazing speech at the 2016 BET Awards on Sunday that only confirmed his seriousness when it comes to this work.