Re: Trump’s America

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Donald Trump has been the face of racism throughout his presidential run. He has spoken negatively about racism, especially immigrants and this has caused people of color to speak up and defend themselves while others still stand with him and support his campaign, many people didn’t take his presidential run seriously at first but in the end this is Trump’s America. His campaign is basically built around controversy.

Trump held a rally at Valdosta State University and only the Black students that were there were asked to leave because they were accused of protesting. This definitely shows that Trump is doing nothing but exposing racism and making it seem like it’s okay and acceptable.

We all know racism didn’t happen overnight but the things Trump has been doing are adding more fuel to the fire that has been burning for years. And this is a great example of how danger he can put in people’s lives by instilling fears on others and making it seem as if the Black students attended the rally only to protest instead of just going to hear him speak.

In the video below you’ll be able to hear some of the students that were kicked out explain what happened and why they wanted to attend the rally.

How do you feel about this? Still agree with Trump running for president?

Does #OscarsSoWhite Change Anything?

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At the 88th Academy Awards (aka “the Oscars”) on Sunday night, Chris Rock after being so quiet about the #OscarsSoWhite issue, spoke about race head-on with no remorse or care at those he made feel uncomfortable. Many people at home, including myself, applaud him for finally doing something we’ve been waiting  for. He addressed the #OscarsSoWhite issues and made it clear to the whole room that Hollywood is racist but that things are changing. He also explained why this suddenly became an issue, “We were too busy being raped and lynched to care about who won best cinematographer,” he said. “When your grandmother’s swinging from a tree, it’s really hard to care about best documentary foreign short.”

It all began when Jada Pinkett-Smith uploaded a video on her Facebook which started the boycott movement. With the caption of the video being, “We must stand in our power,” Jada Pinkett-Smith explains that she will not be watching (or attending) the Academy Awards because of the lack of acknowledgement for black people.  “Invoking the Rev. Martin Luther King’s legacy on his birthday, two prominent African-Americans announced Monday that they will boycott this year’s Academy Awards over a lack of diversity among nominees,” wrote Brandon Griggs while he went into further details explaining why the boycott was happening. You can watch Jada Pinkett-Smith’s video below:

Yes, this was honestly a huge moment on TV for us colored folks not only because a black man addressed race issues in front of an almost all white audience but also because this is the first time something like this has happened. Yesha Callahan explained it all in one sentence when she wrote, “The comedian came, he saw the sea of white faces in the audience and he conquered.” In her article she also explained the hits and misses of this years Oscars involving Chris Rock.

There were many different sketches throughout the ceremony but the one that took everyone by storm was when Stacey Dash came onto the stage and congratulated everyone by saying, “Happy Black History Month,” when a couple months ago Dash stated in a very controversy interview how she thinks we should get rid of channels like BET and the BET Awards and the Image Awards, where you’re only awarded if you’re black. You can watch the sketch below:

I am glad that issues involving race are being more actively addressed by stars who have bigger platforms and can actually help the black lives matter movement, even stars like Angela Bassett said in a Breakfast Club interview, “When I see more inclusion [in the Academy Awards], that’s when I can get more excited, when I see the work of what life looks like.”

But even if things do change and even if diversity is included more, race is still going to be a visible issue. Recently there was a  problem involving Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in which he had to write an internal memo to his employees in which he spoke about people in his staff crossing out “black lives matter” and replacing it with “all lives matter.”

This was written on the company’s “free expression” wall. “We’ve never had rules around what people can write on our walls,” said Zuckerberg in the post. “We expect everybody to treat each other with respect.” Here is his full post:

Ultimately, will things ever change?

Still Dancing at 106!

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It is Black History Month and with that I’d like to write about 106-year-old Virginia McLaurin.

McLaurin got the chance to finally meet Barack Obama, the black president she longed for as well as his black wife, Michelle Obama. In the video above you can see how excited she was as she waved her cane in the air and danced while meeting President Barack Obama and the First Lady Michelle Obama.

It’s almost like she turned into a little kid that was opening gifts on a Christmas morning. “I thought I would never get into the White House and I tell you I am so happy,” she tells Barack and Michelle, then she yells with excitement “A black president. Yay! a black wife.”

Virginia McLaurin has lived through a lot and just seeing how happy she was at that very moment I’m pretty sure makes us feel happy. Even with all of the issues going around in the world you cannot help but just hope for change.

It is truly an awe heart-felting moment to watch McLaurin who was born before slavery ended meet the first black president with her own two eyes.

Here are some milestones in black history that Virginia McLaurin lived through:

  • In 1939, Virginia McLaurin was 30-years-old, it was also the year that art and protest intersected as First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt facilitated a public concert at the Lincoln Memorial after the Daughters of the American Revolution barred Marian Anderon’s performance at Constitution Hall.
  • In 1957, Viriginia McLaurin was 48-years-old, Althea Gibson was the first African American woman to win both singles and doubles titles at Wimbledon.
  • In 1993, Viriginia McLaurin was 84-years-old, Toni Morrison became the first black American to win the Nobel prize for literature.
  • In 2008, Virginia McLaurin was 99-years-old and Barack Obama became the 44th president of the United States.

Beyoncé is #UnapologeticallyBlack

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For my first post I’d like to celebrate Beyoncé’s Superbowl performance of her new song “Formation.” The song and music video both broke the internet with the words and visuals that it has and how much it speaks for the Black Lives Matter movement. After her performance people kept spreading “unapologetically black” through social media.

The music video used footage from the New Orleans music documentary (That B.E.A.T), general references of civil rights, the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” and “Stop shooting us” slogans, riot police, and also Hurricane Katrina and the song has lyrics like “I like my baby hair and Afros. I like my Negro nose with Jackson 5 nostrils,” in an interview she said this song makes her feel proud and she wants people to love themselves.

Many can agree that this performance was a great tribute to the Black Panthers where you can see the dancers wearing berets and having Afros. Although this spoke volumes and was a force towards creating a change, a lot of people felt as if her performance and song are “racist” and decided to have a protest outside of the NFL’s HQ. I celebrate Beyoncé for being able to use her platform to speak up for those who cannot.