We're back in action after taking a break. With the vicious death of #AltonSterling and #PhilandoCastile we took a week of self-care. We came back with an episode that tried to focus on how #BeingBlackIsLit.
Self-Care Suggestion: Turn autoplay off for Facebook Videos!
The world has been brutal in term of black bodies experiencing extreme violence since...forever, but with iPhones and smartphones we can now see it right in front of us. That's hard. It's hard for all of us. You should be allowed to choose what you want to see. Unfortunately, Facebook allows triggering videos like the death of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile auto-play. Be sure to change your settings to protect yourself, and CHOOSE if/when you see something like that.
Listen, The Game called your fave and your faves fave to have a serious conversation about how they can use their privilege for the movement. As we often say, you shouldn't expect celebrities to say anything. Too often someone you love says something that breaks your heart (or is just plain stupid), but luckily this was positive (yay)! We're excited to see what comes of this.
Also, IF YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT BEYONCÉ DID ON HER WEBSITE WE ARE HERE TO REMIND YOU, POINT IT OUT AND STAN FOR OUR QUEEN. Thanks.
DO SOMETHING: #MLKSitIn, Donate & Give Resources
There are only so many times we can see injustices happen without DOING SOMETHING! If you feel compelled to do something beyond just tweeting and posting on social media we encourage you to reach out to communities that are mobilizing. We recognize that not everyone is comfortable with marching. It can be a scary experience, especially if you don't have someone to join you. If you are able we are posting both a call to action and ways to donate your resources to the movement.
Call to action: #MLKSitIn A national gathering of everyday people in an occupational protest on every single street named for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in America on Sunday July 31st.
Give Your $$: Black Lives Matter, you can set up monthly donations to support Black Lives Matter. Other places where you can donate your money: The Family of Alton Sterling, Advancement Project, Southern Poverty Law Center
Issa Rae using her platform for good. #BlackQueen
So, we have talked about how much we LOVE LOVE LOVE Issa Rae before. With Awkward Black Girl set to launch on HBO soon Issa Rae is quickly climbing up the peak of success and recognition for being herself (aka queen). She instantly created a fundraiser for the family of Alton Sterling moments after the video of his slaying became public knowledge. What began as a fundraiser for $200,000 surpassed that goal to reach more than $390,000. Everyone that donated, and Issa you're all awesome shining lights amidst the darkness.
SEE Y'ALL AT HARRY BELAFONTE'S "MANY RIVERS TO CROSS" CONCERT IN OCTOBER, FAM
Is that an official hashtag yet? THANK GOD for the Emmys at this point. With film still being so white. So so so white. Television continues to be the place to see representation of black bodies on screen. This year's Emmys are as diverse as they have ever been! We aren't into gateway drugs, but if this opens a gateway to see more black bodies on our television screen then we hope y'all get addicted. We'll link to the full list of nominees below and articles about how #blackityblackblackblack this year's Emmys are!
BUT LIKE... "Hip Hop Honors 2016"
Essentially this years Hip Hops Honors were a celebration of #BlackGirlMagic. They honored Salt'n'Peppa, Queen Latifah, Lil Kim and Missy Elliot. We have a lot of AMAZING LOVING FEELINGS ABOUT ALL OF THIS FREAKING MAGIC. If you missed it in VH1 we're sure you can catch it again either on TV or Hulu, but for now check out the videos and youtube for performances!