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Coonin’ for Clicks: An Open Letter to Raven-Symoné

Originally posted on Black Millennials:

Dear Raven,

You good girl? Because lately, you’ve been in the spotlight for your less-than-smart comments on Black culture. When I first met you, you were a precocious toddler on The Cosby Show. Your quips were hilarious, your presence was powerful. And even though you lacked experience, your command against a seasoned television vet like Bill Cosby, was a brilliant indication of an imminent acting career.

After years of diligence, you were given your own show. That’s So Raven, ushered in a new format for Disney. Combining humor with singing, you were an iconic Disney star with crossover appeal. Without you, there would be no Miley Cyrus or Selena Gomez. Without you, Disney would be a stale media imprint, instead of a behemoth for adolescent talent. Your work inspired Nickelodeon to pivot as well, with shows like Unfabulous, Drake and Josh, iCarly, and Tru Jackson VP all relying on pop-centric pubescents…

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Originally posted on ideas.ted.com:

As TED’s social media editor, I have seen a lot of nasty comments. I’ve seen grown men and women deride a 14-year-old girl for her choice of dress. I’ve seen them say they’re revolted by a beautiful transgender woman. On every talk about race, I’ve seen a slew of racist comments. But none have ever been as bad as the comments we got when we published Monica Lewinsky’s TED Talk, The Price of Shame. At least at first.

When Monica spoke at TED2015, held in March in Vancouver, the audience in the room received her with warmth and generosity of spirit. Many who’d had reservations were swayed by her talk. We saw this kind, vulnerable, strong woman who wanted to be heard — a woman who knew what was at stake for the victims of public shaming and who deeply hoped to get her message right. For someone scarred…

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Tweets Expose the Allegedly Violent Nature of Hollaback!

Originally posted on Black Millennials:

In October 2014, Hollaback! released a controversial video showing a racially ambiguous woman sexually harassed by Black and Latino men while walking the streets of NYC for 10 hours. The campaign was quickly denounced after reports surfaced that Rob Bliss Creative, the marketing firm hired for the project, deliberately edited out white men. The firm has a track record of racial insensitivity, which raised questions about why the anti-street harassment nonprofit used their services.

But Hollaback! finds itself in the middle of yet another controversy — one that exposes an alleged organizational structure built on and reinforced through abuse, violence, cultural appropriation, and racial erasure. So says Britni, a former affiliate and founder of the Boston Hollaback! chapter. In a Storify compilation, the brave whistleblower seeks to raise awareness about an institutional culture that uses tools of white supremacy to achieve its aims.

First, Britni shares the internal organizational structure.

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Someone explain to me…

Why Thought Catalogue posts have overtaken my dashboard on here.

I checked earlier today —  via my laptop — only to see posts from the blog noted above. While it’s not the only blog I follow on WordPress, I’m seeing so many posts from said site.

Which is annoying, even after much time away from WordPress in general.

Maybe it’s an algorithm, or it could be they’re posting a lot more now than what I’m used to when I check my dashboard. Yet I can’t help but think other blogs I follow have posts that I’m missing because of this Thought Catalogue takeover.

I guess this is a sign to unfollow; I no longer relate to TC, so it’s time to move on and let others’ posts populate my dash.

There Are Things I Could Talk About Right Now

I could talk about being in a local production of A Streetcar Named Desire, how much fun I’m having, how much I’m gonna miss the routine as well as the cast once it’s all over this Sunday.

I could talk about my feeling about Benedict Cumberbatch, his new marriage/impending fatherhood, how the skeptic blogs following him and his every move are operating and sounding similar to TMZ and the National Enquirer.

I could talk about how I’m stressing myself out about what I plan to do once the play is over, how I’m going to earn money in a way that doesn’t involve sitting at a desk or standing in/near a hot kitchen, how unsure I am about my future.

I could also talk about how I’ve not written much of anything with exception to whining about said skeptic blogs, stressing out over finances, my thoughts about a celebrity who doesn’t even know I exist (not like I haven’t done it before), etc.

Aside from all that, there’s been a break from the stress, thanks to two llamas/alpacas/whatever you wanna call them. They’ve escaped captivity and managed to roam the streets of a town/city in Arizona, only to be tracked via news cycles and treated like a high-speed chase. A police officer would chase them until a wrangler came in, lasso in hand, to capture the llamas.

But don’t think for one moment the whole ordeal wasn’t run through Twitter’s humor machine. It made for some wonderful jokes/memes, many of which I’ve RT’d, making my day. Hashtags like #LlamaFlicks and #ShakespeareLlama made the rounds, improving the mood of Twitter even after a hefty conversation surrounding Oscar-winning actress Patricia Arquette’s comments on gender wage gaps this past Sunday.

I got scared about hitting Twitter jail, I’d RT’d and tweeted so much about #LlamasOnTheLoose. That’s how much fun I was having…

Anyway, hopefully things take a turn for the better outside of the llama debacle. I don’t want to give myself an aneurism due to such stress.

Oh, what a day today was…

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Beyoncé is a Life Giver With “Crazy in Love” Remix


I don’t know about you, but I really dig this remix!

Originally posted on Black Millennials:

In this hauntingly beautiful recreation of her 2003 smash hit “Crazy in Love,” Beyoncé delivers a chilling new take on the song that solidified her as a solo pop artist. The song leads the 50 Shades of Grey soundtrack. The highly anticipated (though awkwardly promoted) film hits movie theaters, quite appropriately, on Valentine’s Day.


photo 1Arielle Newton, Editor-in-Chief. Get at me @arielle_newton. Get at us @BlkMillennials.

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All White Everything

Originally posted on Black Millennials:

By Adia Victoria

I am writing this essay from the back of a van that’s hurdling my band and I up the east coast for our next show tonight. We are in the midst of our first national tour, and as is customary with any new artist, I am asked to give interviews to introduce myself to the public.

Typically, I am asked the same handful of questions such as ‘Who are you?’ ‘What inspires you?’ ‘Who are your influences?’ ‘What is your “message”?’ I enjoy giving interviews, I’ve never shied away from the chance to speak my mind. However, after dropping my first single and essentially offering no other clues as to what my “persona” was, I watched as the press began to construct a narrative around my music and I.

The music industry is a White industry. For the most part I am performing for a White audience, my…

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