Ibtihaj Muhammad will return home from the Rio Olympics without a medal, but with a moral victory that may be worth just as much. Muhammad has been in the center of news leading up to the games because she would be, and has become, the first-ever U.S. Olympian to compete in a hijab.
For some, teenage years are difficult for reasons beyond keeping up good grades, managing the ups and downs of popularity, and dating headaches. For many teens, navigating the complex route of joining or avoiding gang life has to be taken care of first.
Four young boys from Georgia came together to find a way to avoid being recruited by gangs – they continuously asked for and, eventually, received jobs.
It is always great to see young people in the spotlight using their platforms to activate others in the name of justice and equality. That is exactly what Yara Shahidi, who plays the oldest daughter on the hit show Black-ish, is doing.
Corey Menafee spent years cleaning Calhoun College, named after slavery advocate and former Vice President John C. Calhoun. Like many others that walked the halls, he always noticed a stained glass window that depicted slaves picking cotton. One day in June, enough was enough and he took his broomstick and smashed the window students have been unsuccessfully protesting for years.
“I thought, I’m tired of looking at this, I’m about to break this,” Menafee said, according to NBC News. “It’s the 21st century, why do I have to go to work and look at this?”
LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony are each all-star NBA players and the faces of their respective franchises. – James, for the entire sport. With the knowledge of how much influence they have, the four good friends came together to open the ESPY Awards with a speech about racial injustice and gun violence.
With the recent jump in black celebrities coming out to speak on the political climate in the U.S., it was just a matter of time before they all came together. And Cedric the Entertainer is being touted as the one responsible for making it happen.
A recent Instagram post from the famous comedian shows what was the end result of what’s being called a town hall meeting with 100 black celebrities in attendance. Some of which were Jesse Williams, T.I., Boris Kodjoe, Nicole Ari Parker, Lorenz Tate, Meagan Good and many more.
Laurella Willis wants action and nothing else. The Blue Island resident, which is just outside of Chicago, has been walking 20 miles a day on the city’s Southside with a sign draped over her shoulders that reads, “Black America I’m Sorry” on both sides.
Black Lives Matter is noticeably more prominent of an issue than it ever has been and with that comes an even larger discussion. Instead of being viewed as a two-sides issue, mostly between black citizens and police officers, it’s now reaching new audiences among a variety of people of color.
Asian American activists, in particular, saw this as an opportunity to reach out to other members of their community to explain what exactly Black Lives Matter is trying to achieve and why it deserves their support.
In less than a week since Killer Mike went onto Atlanta’s Hot 97 and delivered a powerful call to action, 8,000 new accounts have been opened at the black-owned Citizen’s Trust Bank, according to Uproxx. With a $100 minimum charge to open an account, this means that at least $800,000 have been invested into the bank.