Amanda Gorman’s book tops the New York Times bestseller list: 💯/💯
Hey Queen. Girl, you’ve done it again! “The Hill We Climb,” the hardcover edition of Amanda Gorman’s moving presidential inauguration poem, has topped the New York Times bestseller list for two weeks in a row! The girl is on a roll and we don’t want her to stop anytime soon! It’s Amanda Gorman hive over here, honey! 👏🏾
Marsai Martin doesn’t want to see Black pain on screen: 💯/💯
Teen mogul Marsai Martin has one very important rule for anyone working with her: No Black pain projects. The 16-year-old actress and executive told The Hollywood Reporter, “When you come into my office, don’t give me this — I don’t do no Black pain. If it’s Black pain I don’t go for it because there’s so many films and projects about that, so that’s not who I am. I want to make sure that it is diverse and real in its own way.” You better say that little sis!
Tracee Ellis Ross wants us to have compassion and gratitude toward our bodies: 💯/💯
After over a year of living under a pandemic, many of us are sporting some extra quarantine weight but actress and icon Tracee Ellis Ross wants us to embrace the softness of bodies with gratitude and thanks. “I really encourage and invite all of us to just receive the wisdom of our bodies right now and allow the softness, the weight — whatever that looks like and be grateful,” she said in a recent IG video. “Like, I feel like I’ve made it through this year. And in some ways I’ve gotten deeper. In some ways I’ve gotten bigger in some ways. I am forever changed in some ways… I don’t think that my physical body is the most important thing to come out of this very difficult time” 💕
The CDC declares racism is a serious threat to public health: 50/💯
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is the latest and largest US health agency to single out racism as having a “profound and negative impact on communities of color.” But is anyone surprised by this? Between high Covid mortality rates, the difficulty Black mothers face in the delivery room and police brutality, we been knew racism and discrimination could send Black folks to an early grave. The question is: what is being done to stop it?
Police continue to kill and harass unarmed men, women and children: 🚮/💯
Sigh… Earlier this week we learned that a Black and Latino Army lieutenant was pepper sprayed by a police officer while he was unarmed with his hands in the air. A few days later, Daunte Wright was killed after being stopped by police for having an object hanging from his rearview mirror. Just last night, camera footage was released showing Chicago police officers shooting and killing 13-year-old boy with his hands raised. What is there to say that hasn’t been said already? We’re tired of police acting like the judge, jury and executioner. We’re tired of protesting. We’re tired of needing to remind the world that our lives matter.