By grace, through faith. My new album RARE is out now 💖 Founder @rarebeauty
By grace, through faith. My new album RARE is out now 💖 Founder @rarebeauty
In the yard, in my @PUMA unity shoes clearly 😊
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I want to thank all of the amazing people that took the time to speak to us directly. I am blown away with your knowledge, eagerness to teach and commitment to ensuring Black voices are not silenced. Educating ourselves is the first step if we hope to make any progress in bringing an end to systemic racism. As much as one might want to believe things have gotten better we cannot deny any longer that they have not. We need to acknowledge that social, political and economic discrimination against Black communities continues to exist. There is a deep pain that needs to be healed. Unless this is recognized history will continue to repeat itself over and over. ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ Tomorrow is Juneteenth which commemorates the day slaves in Texas were told they were free on June 19th 1865. To learn more of the history and the movement to make it a national holiday read The article in my bio. Please take the day to have conversations with your family and friends about the importance of Black Lives Matter and how we all need to join together to ensure equality and justice and then continue these conversations every day!⠀ ⠀ ⠀ Everyone needs to have their voices heard and we can do that by VOTING! We will not let voter suppression stop us! Check out @whenweallvote to get registered and find other helpful resources.⠀ ⠀ ⠀ It’s not lost on me how fortunate I am to have this platform and appreciate you all for taking the time to watch, listen and take in the powerful messages and information we’ve been provided over the last two weeks by some of the most inspiring people I’ve come across in my life. If you missed any of these incredible IG stories they are all saved in my Story Highlights under #BLM and #BLM2 . This is just the beginning and we will continue to hear from other Black voices and as well as other marginalized communities I am committed to doing the work and I hope you join me.
We fight for the right to be seen, the right to be heard, and the right to direct the course of history. Right now we are experiencing a massive cultural change, and history shows that we understand what is at stake: Power. The United States has always fumbled in its pursuit of social equality, whether it’s stories of police brutality or the invisibility of the disabled community and who we say we are as a country is not currently held up by how our systems behave. But, we have the ability to permanently affect policies and shape the delivery of justice. This is a vision that only comes into being when everyone has a true voice in our futures. We are in a new manifesto for our progressive future, one emboldened by understanding that our time of waiting is over. And I am with you in this fight.⠀ ⠀ — Stacey Abrams ( @staceyabrams )
Please meet Stacey Abrams ( @staceyabrams ). Stacey is a New York Times bestselling author, nonprofit CEO and political leader. After serving as Democratic Leader of the Georgia House of Representatives in 2018, Abrams became the Democratic nominee for Governor of Georgia, where she won more votes than any other Democrat in the state’s history. Abrams was the first black woman to become the gubernatorial nominee for a major party in the United States. Today Stacey is taking over my Instagram!
Every time protest breaks out in this country, we hear people misquote and misrepresent our country’s most famous civil rights activist, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. These false stories are meant to keep people in order-even though Dr. King didn’t care about order, he cared about justice. If we look deeper-at his writings, his sermons, and his work, we see someone who can teach us a lot in this moment. He teaches us about the importance of protest and the courage it takes to confront the status quo.⠀ ⠀ I made this video with @MicNews and @KendallCiesemier a few years ago, but the lessons still ring true. Let’s #ReclaimMLK so his work can’t be used against this movement that is transforming the world for all of us.⠀ ⠀ And let’s expand our set of heroes-including women, queer folks and more- so we can learn the lessons we all need to change our behaviors and impact change right now. Take a look in stories to maybe learn some new names, read some new words, and watch some biographies that can have us each standing up to be most powerful selves in the here and now. Movements move because people move them. Let’s bend the arc of the moral universe toward justice. ⠀ ⠀ — Brittany Packnett Cunningham ( @mspackyetti )
Please meet Brittany Packnett Cunnigham ( @mspackyetti ). Brittany is an activist, educator & writer. You may have just seen her moderate President Obama’s Town Hall about racial injustice. She was a member of the Ferguson uprising, President Obama’s 21st Century Policing Task Force, gave one of 2019’s top ten most popular TED Talks on “How to Build Your Confidence-and Spark It in Others” and is an NBC News and MSNBC Contributor. She has been an activist her whole life, been a 3rd grade teacher, a policy leader, and run non-profits. Right now, she’s finishing her first book, “We Are Like Those who Dream,” a collection of personal essays and speeches by Black women throughout history, due to hit shelves in 2021. Today, she is taking over my account!⠀ ⠀ Photo credit: @Kidnoble
This footage hasn’t been seen before now. It will show the courage that our Black & Brown Families had during the Civil Rights Movement of 1960! I also wanted to highlight a story that’s connected to my story. I felt like it was important to show our Brown brothers and sisters that they were also involved in the Civil Rights Movement, especially that day when I entered the school. You will see footage that highlights the courageous Gabriel family and moments around Daisy Gabriel, a mother who was trying to bring her daughter to school the day that I integrated the school. It is such a heart wrenching video to see the sacrifices she had to make trying to bring her daughter to school that day as well. It was important to me to show her story to the world. ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ It’s your legacy too!⠀ ⠀ ⠀ United We Must Continue Stand! ⠀ To see the documentary, “The Children Were Watching”, in its entirety, please click the link in my bio @RubyBridgesOfficial . Special Thxs to Drew Associates for providing the Amazing Footage, @brnctt @leovolcy for their editing expertise and our Sister in the Struggle ... SELENA🙏🏽⠀ ⠀ — Ruby Bridges ( @rubybridgesofficial )
Hello I’m Ruby Bridges. In 1960 I was the first Black child to integrate an all-White elementary school, William Frantz Elementary, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Over the years I have dedicated my life to promoting tolerance and unity. During this Civil Unrest, it’s crucial we stand united to protect Black & Brown lives! We thank our sister Selena for allowing me to tell my story and bring more awareness to the importance of this moment, on this amazing platform!⠀ ⠀ — Ruby Bridges ( @rubybridgesofficial )
Below I will break down the history of Black trans activism and the importance of supporting Black trans leaders in this time. As we continue to have conversations about white supremacy and police brutality, it’s important to tackle other systems of oppression like gender. We are all impacted by it and we all have the opportunity to move past the boxes we’re placed in and reach a truer, more powerful potential.⠀ ⠀ Here’s my action item list:⠀ 1️⃣ Follow and listen to Black trans leaders. A few include @janetmock , @sharsaysso , @hopegiselle , @ashleemariepreston , @indyamoore , @rayzhon , @ariasaid , @angelicaross , @tiqmilan , @marquisevilson , @devinmichaellowe , @tywrent , @kingtexas , @tourmaliiine . (More provided via a resource list on Selena’s story. )⠀ ⠀ 2️⃣ Support, elevate, and donate to Black transgender-led organizations and initiatives like @snap4freedom , @transgenderdistrict , @theokraproject , @bravespacealliance , @youthbreakout , @4thegworls , @glits_inc . (A longer list will be provided via Selena’s story. )⠀ ⠀ 3️⃣ Reflect on your own privileges and how you can use them to support others, particularly your Black trans siblings, sisters, and brothers.⠀ ⠀ Bonus 4️⃣: Hold anti-Blackness and transphobia accountable in the moment. If someone is discriminating against or spewing hate about Black and trans folks, please call it out and speak to the beautiful humanity of our people.⠀ ⠀ — Raquel Willis ( @raquel_willis )
Please meet Raquel Willis ( @raquel_willis ). Raquel is an activist, soon-to-be author, and media strategist dedicated to building the power of Black transgender people. She began her career as a newspaper journalist, and eventually began working with other Black trans organizers at Solutions Not Punishments Collaborative ( @Snap4Freedom ) to develop campaigns to support Black trans people being profiled by police in Atlanta. Her talents led her to Transgender Law Center ( @translawcenter ) where she founded Black Trans Circles ( @blacktranscircles_tlc ), a project focused on healing justice for Black trans women in the Southern and Midwestern United States. She is also the former executive editor of Out magazine, where she created The Trans Obituaries Project dedicated to elevating the stories of slain trans women of color. She is currently working on an essay collection about her life experiences and activism called The Risk It Takes to Bloom.⠀ ⠀ Raquel believes in the power of storytelling and digital organizing as elements of radical change. She believes that the world can learn a great deal from Black transgender people because we are all limited by restrictive notions of gender. “Black trans people are a window of possibility for the men and boys who struggle to express their emotions and be tender, to the women and girls who struggle to be seen as smart and capable leaders, to everyone in between struggles within all simultaneously—you deserve to be complicated and human.”⠀ ⠀ Raquel is taking over my Instagram today!
In America, we haven’t ever prioritized mental health. To understand what’s happening in this country right now, we really have to understand the historical and current trauma forced on Black people. We haven’t ever had a time in our history where Black and Indigenous people have been allowed a chance, time or resources to truly heal. In fact, the systems that we accept and participate in every day - capitalism, policing, prisons, colonization etc - have explicit roots in oppression that target our communities physically, spiritually and mentally. People are energized by the #DefundthePolice movement because they see a good chance to take those funds - over 100 billion dollars nationwide - to transfer them to new community based systems that address the root causes of problems that police should not ever be required to handle (including mental health, substance abuse and homelessness ). We can imagine and build new systems - a world where everyone has the care, nutrition, shelter and income they need to be well - a world that doesn’t need police. Wouldn’t that be beautiful? 🖤🙏🏽 That’s what would truly #LiberateMentalHealth #BLDPWR ⠀ ⠀ Book recommendation: Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome by Joy DeGruy ⠀ Accounts that I mentioned in the video @mvmnt4blklives @osopepatrisse @docmellymel @blmlosangeles @cpdaction @housingjustice4all @sistersong @blackvisionscollective @ignitekindred @thedreamdefenders @texas_organizing_project ⠀ ⠀ — Kendrick Sampson ( @kendrick38 )
Please meet Kendrick Sampson ( @kendrick38 ). He is an actor, activist and founder of the non-profit initiative BLD PWR. BLD PWR engages culture, education and activism to build and train an inclusive community of entertainers and athletes to advance radical social change. Partnering with grassroots causes and organizations, the purpose of BLD PWR is to increase action and civic engagement with a primary focus on uplifting and protecting the most vulnerable by undoing systemic oppression and combating state violence at the intersection of gender, immigration, economic, educational, environmental and racial justice movements. ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ Kendrick is best known for his role on HBO's comedy series "Insecure," where his character Nathan grapples with mental health and lives with bipolar disorder. Kendrick uses his voice to empower marginalized communities and to shine light on issues of inequity. His activism is focused on racial justice, specifically intersectionality within criminal justice reform and uniting the oppressed Black, Brown & Indigenous communities. He is social justice leader, an abolitionist and stood on the front lines at Standing Rock and efforts of Black Lives Matter in LA and beyond. Kendrick is taking over my Instagram today!⠀ ⠀ Photo Credit: Justin Vaseur
Footage is from the @nytimes of Tuesday’s wait lines outside of polls in Georgia. This is what happens when the votes of communities of color are actively suppressed by state governments. Organizations like @blackvotersmtr & @workingfamilies are leading the charge in ensuring these voter suppression efforts fail. We do this by talking to voters about the issues and getting them to the ballot box. You can join @workingfamilies efforts to get out the vote by texting WFP to 30403. ⠀ ⠀ Lastly we are supporting @mvmnt4blklives for their national weekend of action.⠀ ⠀ — Nelini Stamp ( @nelstamp )
Please meet Nelini Stamp ( @nelstamp ). Nelini is the Director of Strategy for @Workingfamilies - a grassroots, multiracial party of working people coming together across our differences to make our nation work for the many, not the few. She was one of the many activists at Occupy Wall Street. Nelini’s work centers on transforming action in the streets to wins on the ballot. Her work can be found in Glamour magazine and was named a @nylonmag “It Girl” of 2018. Nelini is taking over my account today!
Please meet Michael Render, professionally known as Killer Mike ( @killermike ). He is an activist, Grammy Award-winning rapper, one half of the rap duo Run the Jewels, and host of the Netflix series, “Trigger Warning with Killer Mike.” He and his wife, Shana, own the SWAG Shop barbershops in Atlanta. He is also co-owner, with Tip ‘T.I.’ Harris and Noel Khalil, of the historic Bankhead Seafood restaurant in Atlanta. He began organizing when he was 15, and was actually an organizer before he was a rapper. Today, Killer Mike’s taking over my Instagram!
We’ve heard many Americans—police officers, politicians, family members, perhaps you yourself—say that they are “not racist.” What’s the problem with being “not racist”? It is a claim that signifies neutrality: “I am not a racist, but neither am I aggressively against racism.” But there is no neutrality in the racism struggle. The opposite of “racist” isn’t “not racist.” It is “antiracist.” ⠀ ⠀ What’s the difference between a racist and an antiracist? A racist believes in the idea of a racial hierarchy; an antiracist views the racial groups as equal. A racist believes problems are rooted in groups of people; an antiracist locates the roots of problems in power and policies. Denial is the heartbeat of racism; confession is the heartbeat of antiracism. ⠀ ⠀ In order to be an antiracist, we must stop denying we have racist ideas, that we’re in some ways supporting racist policies, that we are being at times racist. We must acknowledge our own racism in order to start on our antiracist journey.⠀ ⠀ I hope the resources I am sharing in stories today help you on your own daily, lifelong journey to strive to be an antiracist. ⠀ ⠀ — Dr. Ibram X. Kendi ( @ibramxk )⠀ ⠀ Thanks to @moveon for this video.
Please meet Professor Ibram X. Kendi ( @ibramxk ). Ibram is a historian of racism, #1 New York Times bestselling author, and the Director of the @bostonu Center for Antiracist Research. He is a contributing writer @theatlantic , and a correspondent with @cbsnews . He is the author of four books including STAMPED FROM THE BEGINNING: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, which won a National Book Award, HOW TO BE AN ANTIRACIST, and the YA book STAMPED: Racism, Antiracism, and You, co-authored with @jasonreynolds83 . His first children's book, ANTIRACIST BABY, will be published next week. Today, he is taking over my Instagram!
“What led to this racial crisis?” ⠀ ⠀ History shows us that culture—images, films, music, literature—not law alone, has led to this racial crisis and our focus on police violence. Culture is a powerful tool. It creates narratives that can honor human life or denigrate it.⠀ ⠀ Law alone did not result in the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Sandra Bland, Travyon Martin, or any of the other unnamed lives lost due to racial terror. Law combined with culture shapes our social narratives. It can justify biases and stereotypes with deadly consequences. ⠀ ⠀ But this is also the good news. It means that we all have a role to play by how we shape, make, and engage with the culture around us. ⠀ ⠀ This is a 1 day Instagram class called, “How to See in a Racial Crisis.” You will get a new set of tools in the posts and stories through resources and artists to follow. Our 4 topics:⠀ ⠀ 1 ) Racial Terror as Culture (What is the connection between the history of lynching and the racial violence we are witnessing today? )⠀ ⠀ 2 ) Racial Bias in Media, Photography, and Tech (We’ll discuss how stereotypes and counternarratives are reinforced by culture )⠀ ⠀ 3 ) The Cultural Tie between Policing and Slavery (How did slave patrols, the surveillance of black bodies via the Fugitive Slave Act, and convict leasing help develop our police force? ) ⠀ ⠀ 4 ) The Power of the Public Square (What does it mean to still have Confederate monuments in public? )⠀ ⠀ These are 4 arenas of our cultural battleground: Media, Images, Public Symbols, and Spectacles. Racial terror has impacted them all.⠀ ⠀ How we choose to see each day can be a form of daily activism. Understanding this is the mission of the @visionandjustice project. ⠀ ⠀ Please post in the comments and I’ll engage with as many of your questions as I can! I’m saluting Selena Gomez for turning over her platform for the purpose of education and justice for all. Thank you! Special thanks to @radcliffe .institute, @fordfoundation , Whiting Foundation, Lambent Foundation, @hutchinscenter , @americanrep , @harvardartmuseums , @aperturefnd , my colleagues, students, and many more for their support. Please be well and safe!⠀ ⠀ — @sarahelizabethlewis1
Please meet Professor Sarah Elizabeth Lewis ( @sarahelizabethlewis1 and sarahelizalewis on Twitter ). She teaches art history and African & African American Studies at Harvard University, focusing on the relationship between images, race, and justice. She is the force behind the #VisionandJustice project, the landmark issue of @Aperturefnd magazine, a core curriculum Harvard course, and @visionandjustice conference. Her first book, The Rise is about the role of the arts for overcoming failure, and her related mainstage TED talk has received over 2.7 million views. Before going to Harvard, she held curatorial positions at MoMA and the Tate Modern in London and received her degrees from Harvard, Oxford, and Yale. In 2019, she became the inaugural recipient of the Freedom Scholar Award for her body of work on race and justice in America, presented by The Association for the Study of African American Life and History. Sarah is taking over my Instagram today!
After the police killings of Eric Garner and Michael Brown in 2014, AAPF joined thousands of others to protest anti-Black police brutality, marching under a banner with the names of Black women killed by police. When we didn’t hear their names, we began chanting “Say! Her! Name!” That’s when our #SayHerName campaign was born. Working with families of slain Black women, we resist their invisibility by telling their stories. ⠀ ⠀ We cannot fix a problem we cannot see. Join us in this fight: https://aapf.org/supportshn and @aapolicyforum ⠀ — Kimberlé Crenshaw ( @kimberlecrenshaw )
Please meet Kimberlé Crenshaw ( @kimberlecrenshaw - and sandylocks on Twitter ). You may have heard of “intersectionality,” “Critical Race Theory,” and “ #SayHerName ,” but had no idea where they came from. Kimberlé co-founded the African American Policy Forum ( @aapolicyforum ), hosts the podcast @intersectionalitymatters , teaches law at UCLA and Columbia, and moderates the weekly conversation series “Under The Blacklight.” Today, she’s taking over my Instagram!
We keep asking “How did we get here?” The answer is that we’ve been here from the beginning. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ George Floyd’s death is part of a long history that connects slavery to our current system of mass incarceration. In the American South, places like Parchman Farm started as slave plantations and then became prisons after slavery ended. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Racial violence has been a common theme in our history and was used to keep black people in a subordinate position. Just as George Floyd’s death opened people’s eyes in 2020, the lynching of 15 year old Emmett Till did in 1955. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ I’m including a clip from the film 13th, which discusses this history in detail and one reading suggestion: The New Jim Crow, by Michelle Alexander. If we’re to ever change this terrible cycle it begins by recognizing just how deep its roots go.⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ — Jelani Cobb ( @jelani1906 )⠀ ⠀ ⠀ “13th” directed by @ava is available on @Netflix