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.
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.
When many of us do good deeds we hope that we’re putting out some positive vibes to come back around later on. Like, much later on. But for a teen in Memphis, his reward came rather quickly and in a form much grander that anyone could’ve imagined.
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.
This is a historic moment for all of us, LGBTQIA+ or otherwise.
President Obama, who has been arguably the strongest president yet in supporting and advocating for the rights of queer people, is designating a new Stonewall National Monument at the historic Stonewall Inn site in New York City. This is the same place that, in June 1969, erupted in violence when queer folx rebelled against police who were raiding the Stonewall Inn, a hangout and safe space for LGBTQIA+ people.
The Stonewall Riots, which erupted on June 28, 1969, were spurred as a response to the continued violence and repression against LGBTQIA+ – specifically from police authorities in New York City. In this video with Logo TV, activist and bestselling author Janet Mock explains why it wasn’t just the people present at the Stonewall uprising but also the people who were excluded from mainstream queer spaces that are important to understanding LGBTQIA+ resistance.
June is Pride month which means that annual celebrations are happening in LGBTQIA+ communities, homes, and cities all over the country. While many are preparing to attend parades and other events, the country and world are steel in mourning after the tragic shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando which directly targeted queer folx. So, while this month is meant for celebration, there is still a deep sadness so many of us feel. In this video with NBC OUT, activist Tiq Milan discusses what Pride means to him and why we must celebrate through pain.
Zaevion Dobson’s last living moments were spent protecting others. In his death, the high school football player set a standard many of us hope we’d be able to live up to if given the opportunity. But, while he’s no longer with us, he will be rewarded for his courage at this year’s ESPY Awards.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is arguably the most competitive showcase of art in the world. Now, a young Black woman who goes by “Cliff” on social media knows what it means to be a part of the iconic Met community.