Native American activist Nathan Phillips shared his story following the release of a now-viral video showing a gang of MAGA hat wearing teens harassing Native Americans.The Vietnam War veteran and Omaha elder was one of many attending the Indigenous Peoples March in Washington D.C. January 18 when the peaceful protest turned south. NBC News reports a group of "Make America Great Again" hat-wearing teens surrounded activists, who were singing "American Indian Movement."They were reportedly in D.C. for the conservative March for Life. Numerous white male teens chanted "Build the wall" as a threat and used profane language to harass the mostly Native American group.It is reported the teens were students from Covington Catholic High School in Covington, Kentucky. In an interview with The Detroit Free Press, Phillips said the students and a group of Black protesters from the Black Hebrew Israelites exchanged barbs before he intervened."They witnessed these individuals on their soapbox saying what they had to say," Phillips told the Detroit Free Press. "They didn't agree with it and got offended."Pure hate. Those red hats and maga gear are the same as a white hood. https://t.co/laPvorJKGL— Mari Copeny (@LittleMissFlint) January 19, 2019Here you have a white boy wearing a shit-eating grin and a MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN hat mocking a Native elder during a song, standing aggressively close, as his friends laugh and jeer nearby. Racism against Natives is an ongoing, mawkish American tradition. https://t.co/U9Bi90HSl7— Simon Moya-Smith (@SimonMoyaSmith) January 19, 2019Phillips witnessed the tension rise as some of the teens began attacking four members of the Black activist group. Without a second thought, he decided to get in between the two opposing groups."They were in the process of attacking these four Black individuals," Phillip said. "I was there and I was witnessing all of this ... As this kept on going on and escalating, it just got to a point where you do something or you walk away, you know? You see something that is wrong and you're faced with that choice of right or wrong. "Footage from the hate-filled incident showed an unidentified white male smirk smugly at Phillips as he played his hand drum. Other white teens laughed, chanted and mocked a distance away.I don't know who made this but DAMN what a powerful image #RedHats
pic.twitter.com/I1m0SBEW3a— AJLux (@LuxAngela) January 20, 2019What an eerie, hateful psycho-smile on the little shit near the end. Pure anti-joy, anti-life. #MAGA
https://t.co/ps1OvhGa5M— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) January 19, 2019Twitter users were quick to point out the lack of respect these teens had for a former marine and Native Americans. The absolute absurdity of Trump supporters yelling "Build the wall" proves, to many, the proposed structure is a symbol of racism not a structure for security. "There was that moment when I realized I've put myself between beast and prey," Phillips said. "These young men were beastly and these old Black individuals was their prey, and I stood in between them and so they needed their pounds of flesh and they were looking at me for that."Laura Keener, a spokesperson from the archdiocese, condemned the actions of the teens and claimed their actions were not indicative of the school's teachings. "We condemn the actions of the Covington Catholic High School students towards Nathan Phillips specifically, and Native Americans in general, Jan. 18, after the March for Life, in Washington, D.C.," the archdiocese's statement read. "We extend our deepest apologies to Mr. Phillips. This behavior is opposed to the Church’s teachings on the dignity and respect of the human person."Although they apologized to Phillips, he said he received threatening phone calls in wake of the video. The Covington Catholic High School will also be investigating the students involved in the incident. Blavitize your inbox! Join our daily newsletter for fresh stories and breaking news.Now, check these out:
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Black art is the salt of the earth. It embodies the work of reporter, historian, documentarian, drug dealer, bartender, songstress and writer. It is a labor of love.At once, it depicts everything that is wrong with the world as well as all that is right with it. And ain’t nothing like Blackness expressed through its own creative, critical and cultural lens, especially when a dominant culture eschews that perspective. To all black progenitors -- we are grateful. Paying homage to all the newcomers, emerging, seasoned, thoroughbred and all around fan favorites, who put that work in for 2018, here’s my selection of 15 dope Black works of art just because:1) Kris RichardsRichards is new on the scene, but not really. This Jamaican-born artist was raised in Miami, and was also one of four students who painted the beautiful mural seen in the film Moonlight. His forthcoming collection "Grills" will be exhibited in 2019.Like Blackness, Gold is malleable under the most extreme conditions. It can be bent, but never broken; hammered, but never cracked, set ablaze, but never burnt. It is of no consequence we both stay lit. It is not happenstance, that grills are the accoutrements that have long transformed niggas into gods.2) Choze MitchellMitchell's fusion of Blackness and pop art is exquisite, and definitely a platform he’ll grow on. However, the way this Memphis-born artist captures Black boy joy is just joyous. His use of vibrant color against brown skins is poppin’.3) Markeidric WalkerWalker’s work can be found at the intersection of fine art and pop culture. His Waffle House piece caught my attention, but after a full troll I was sold on his aesthetic and approach to popular culture. This stunning neo-classical portrait of Trap artist Young Thug is an example of both skill set and imagination.4) Dawn Williams BoydThe "Erasure of Obama" piece by Boyd is a sign of the times. As soon as 45 got into office, we’ve been reckoning with an undoing of sorts. The American tyrant and real estate chump has attempted to scrub the work of former President Obama’s administration. Traditionally, Boyd’s work in textile, mainly quilting, reflects Black moments. This appears to be her most political.5) Sheeba MayaMaya’s painting and drawings pay utmost homage to Black women and pushed the envelope in Afrofuturism. Her zodiac series -- depictions of warrior women for the 12 signs -- was wholly impressive. This time around, the New York native does a deep dive into hues. Her latest work shows true-to-life women in a range of hues. Clearly, Sheeba does this, y’all.6) Fabian WilliamsFabian Williams aka the Occasional Superstar is the shit. This multifaceted artist hailing from Fayetteville, is responsible for some of the dopest murals in around Atlanta. His themes are specific to Black social justice movements throughout history. He is responsible for the timely Kaepernick mural in Atlanta’s increasingly gentrified West End, and the Yo Gotti piece at T.I.’s Trap Museum. Word on these streets is that Williams is one of the best painters of the new millennium. Don’t act like you ain’t hear that from me.7) Harmonia RosalesThis Chicago-bred artist is trailblazing the art scene with her intricate pieces that not only exalt Black women in high art, but also as the hierarchy of religious figures. Her creation painting earned the attention of art collectors, dealers, gallerists and institutions, and others who are new to her work, however, Rosales ain’t new to this.8) Deborah RobertsRoberts' collage work is downright gorgeous. The distorted images bring full attention to black bodies, particularly black girls, and their issues and right to exist in a society hellbent on their erasure. The Austin artist is making waves and drawing eyes.9) Alfred ContehConteh is largely known for ginormous and breathtaking sculptures as well as his unapologetic stance on racism and Black culture. Currently, the Georgia native is flexing the paint brush. While doing so he is world building with his ongoing series "Two Fronts." In the paints, Conteh is creating a real world that depicts real Black folks doing real life shit -- and this is in stark contrast to what outsiders think they know about Black lives. Conteh is a consummate professional in this here art game. Don’t say I ain’t tell you so.10) Charly PalmerPalmer kicked in the door and waved the .44 with his headdress pieces that explored insecurities and fears that take up space in Black heads. This Milwaukee-raised artist is known for switching up styles and introducing incredible themes. We’re waiting and watching for what’s next.11) Nathaniel Mary QuinnA naive eye may mistake Quinn’s work for collage, but Nah. It’s all painted. The Chicago-born New Yorker brings complexity, deft and depth to cubism that is quite provocative and fresh. His work tells stories of Black subjects such as "Dante," "The Borrower," "Homeboy Up The Block." We know them oh so well. We empathize with them, we love them, we covet them.12) Kadir NelsonIf you’re familiar with Nelson’s work, then you know he was the perfect artist to commission for this Henrietta Lacks piece. Just sheer perfection.13) Hank Willis ThomasThis piece by Thomas speaks to these perilous times in Black people’s lives, specifically those affected by the rash of police shootings that have occurred. The sculptural work was acquired by the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and Legacy Museum in Montgomery, Alabama.14) Amy SheraldC’mon now y’all already know. Artist Amy Sherald was tasked with the privilege and honor to paint the official national portrait of our forever First Lady, and she did not disappoint.15) Kehinde WileyKing Kehinde dropped the mic on this official portrait of former President Barack Obama. He did that. Need I say more? Like this content? Check these out:7 Iconic Black Women Artists From Around The World Who Deserve More Recognition13 Incredible Black Artists, Past And Present, Everybody Should KnowThis Artist Is Reclaiming Black Crowns One Brushstroke At A...
Like many states in the south, the Commonwealth of Virginia has yet to reckon with its Confederate past. The state's lone Black statewide politician, Democrat Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax, sat out of the January 18 Robert E. Lee Senate tribute in protest.According to The Washington Post, Fairfax handed over his duties presiding over the 212th birthday tribute to Sen. Richard H. Stuart (R-King George). As a descendant of enslaved Black people, he could not in good conscience celebrate Lee and his role in the Civil War defining slavery. “I believe there are certain people in history we should honor that way in the Senate ... and I don’t believe that he is one of them,” Fairfax said in an interview. “I think it’s very divisive to do what was done there, particularly in light of the history that we’re now commemorating — 400 years since the first enslaved Africans came to the Commonwealth of Virginia."Fairfax alluded to the specter of the government shutdown and the racist policies of the Trump administration loom over a divided nation. The Roanoke Times reports this is the second year Fairfax sat out of the Senate dais. “And to do that in this year, in particular, was very hurtful to a lot of people,” Fairfax said. “It does not move us forward, it does not bring us together. And so I wanted to do my part to make it clear that I don’t condone it.”A protest of this nature comes during the same time many Americans celebrate the legacy of civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Slate Magazine notes Mississippi and Alabama continued to celebrate Lee and MLK's birthdays jointly on the third Monday in January.Despite the backlash and the clear racist beliefs held by the Confederacy, state Senates defend celebrating Lee. The defeated general was known for conducting slave hunts and was a slave owner.Stuart tried to ignore the role of slavery while describing Lee as an honorable man who attempted to reconcile the nation. “He was a man that personified integrity, honor and commitment to duty, a selfless man that devoted his entire life to the service of his country, either in battle or in teaching people to be good citizens, and a man who always did what he thought was right,” Stuart said. “There were few people after the Civil War who did what Lee did to heal the wounds of this country and to try to reunite this country after that horrible war.”Blavitize your inbox! Join our daily newsletter for fresh stories and breaking news.Now, check these out:Ex-Cop Who Fatally Shot Laquan McDonald Sentenced To Nearly 7 Years In PrisonDon Lemon Co-Signs Cardi B, Likens Government Shutdown To SlaveryChance The Rapper Has Officially Cut All Ties With R....
R&B singer Chrisette Michelle vowed to make a comeback following the fallout over her Trump inauguration performance. In an interview with The Washington Post, the "Strong Black Woman" artist reflected on her choice to sing for President Donald Trump in an effort to unite the country. “While I felt like people took so much away from me in those two years, I’m more grateful for finally having time to look at the last 12 years," Michele told the Post. "And I think that is the bright side. ... I want people to know that it’s okay to expect more from me.”The criticism came from fans and the Black community who were well aware of what a Trump administration would mean. Radio stations around the country stopped playing her music. Social media lashed out at her. And she lost a record deal amid the outrage. Eventually, the stress of it all took a toll on her.On October 27, 2017, Michele revealed in a now-deleted Instagram post that she had a miscarriage and suffered a stint of depression. The tragedy came after she announced she was no longer with Capitol Records. View this post on Instagram
When I look back at this moment it reminds me of what this country’s leadership should look like. Diplomacy. Civility. Compassion. Love. Integrity. Gangsters don’t run this country. The people do. On November 6th, we get the opportunity to change the narrative and REBALANCE the scale. Your voice matters, my voice matters. VOTE 2018. #BlueWave #VoteDemocrat #HateHasNoHomeHere #SocialJustice #NoPoliticalGenius Photo Credit: @chuckkennedydcA post shared by chrisettemichele (@chrisettemichele) on Nov 4, 2018 at 5:05am PSTLast year, her comeback truly began. A quick glance at her Insta shows she is in a better place. She decided to post support for the Democrats during the midterms. Two posts with photos of her at the White House with the Obamas was a clear sign she was distancing herself from Trump. “On November 6th, we get the opportunity to change the narrative and REBALANCE the scale," she wrote before the 2018 midterm elections. "Your voice matters, my voice matters.”Michele admitted her choice was not the best decision for her career. She ultimately saw that her actions did not represent the people well. “People didn’t feel hopeful from that moment," Michele said of the performance. "They didn’t feel represented in that moment. They felt misrepresented. They felt further misunderstood, and they felt the person they were depending on to speak on their behalf just betrayed them.”With 2019, the 36-year-old singer has released new music and plan on performing shows to reintroduce herself to fans. View this post on Instagram
New Music: LINK IN BIO . • My second song release for 2019 is called “Don’t Pull”. • I collaborated with my incredible band mates. Drums: @brucebriggz Keys: @deehill_onkeys Bass: @kaybass1914 Guitar: @kerry2smooth BGV’s: @chrisettemichele . • This song is a fusion of R&B, Jazz & pieces of Hip Hop thru the “jungle beat” sound made popular in songs like “You Got Me” & “Umi Says”. . • You can enjoy this on all digital platforms including iTunes, Google Play, Amazon etc. • 🙏🏾 #RichHipster #RichHipsterUniversity #FourKings #FourKingsProductionsA post shared by chrisettemichele (@chrisettemichele) on Jan 14, 2019 at 9:52am PSTBlavitize your inbox! Join our daily newsletter for fresh stories and breaking news.Now, check these out:Ex-Cop Who Fatally Shot Laquan McDonald Sentenced To Nearly 7 Years In Prison
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For the last three years, the residents of Flint, Michigan have gone without justice for the damaging effects of the seemingly never-ending water crisis. A new Associated Press report shows that the 15 people charged with crimes associated with the environmental disaster have yet to be convicted for their parts. The lead-tainted water supply left the citizens of the small town reliant on bottled water for daily household activities.Bottled water drives are commonplace now and the state has yet to be held accountable for the outbreak of Legionnaires disease that left several dead. Dating back to 2014, the state decided to use the Flint River as the main water source in order to save and cut back. Rusty pipes in the city's water system, outdated infrastructure and a whole host of other issues led to the national crisis.Seven of the 15 people charged with crimes have pleaded no contest. The long list includes four people from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality: Michael Prysby, Stephen Busch, Liane Shekter Smith and Adam Rosenthal. And there are two former city workers, Mike Glasgow and Daugherty "Duffy" Johnson. The last is Corinne Miller of the state Department of Health and Human Services. Bloomberg reports their records will be wiped clean because of their plea. However, there are eight others who have pending charges against them. The former director of the state health department, Nick Lyon, was charged with involuntary manslaughter and misconduct in office.A former Michigan chief medical executive, Dr. Eden Wells, was charged with involuntary manslaughter, obstructing justice, lying and misconduct in office. Others include state health department employees Nancy Peeler and Robert Scott, Patrick Cook of the Department of Environmental Quality and Gerald Ambrose, former Flint emergency manager, who are all facing misconduct in office and conspiracy among other charges.Local news outlet NBC 25 reports Fadwa Hammoud will now oversee the Flint water crisis cases. Attorney General Dana Nessel announced Tuesday Hammoud’s would serve as solicitor general. "I am frustrated that the citizens of Flint had to go through what they've been through, that is the root of my frustration," Hammoud told media. "I want to make sure I learn every detail, become intimate with the inner workings of this case, to make sure that we right the ship and we will right the ship."15 people have been charged with crimes related to Flint, Michigan's contaminated water crisis pic.twitter.com/ajXkdnsp4o— TicToc by Bloomberg (@tictoc) January 19, 2019Flint Special Prosecutor Todd Flood will report to Hammoud after the new shake-up. Blavitize your inbox! Join our daily newsletter for fresh stories and breaking news.Now, check these out:Ex-Cop Who Fatally Shot Laquan McDonald Sentenced To Nearly 7 Years In Prison
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The three officers accused of covering up the death of Laquan Mcdonald were found not guilty this week. According to Blavity, Cook County Judge Domenica Stephenson claimed the prosecution did not have a strong enough case for a conviction. A day later, the former cop who pulled the trigger, Jason Van Dyke, was sentenced to six years and nine months for fatally shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.In 2014, police were called to a parking lot after reports were made of a person breaking into vehicles and stealing radios. Van Dyke arrived at the Chicago lot and, after mere seconds, opened fire on the teen, hitting him a total of 16 times. In the dashcam video, McDonald is seen moving away from the former officer before he’s fired upon. Following the shooting, officer Thomas Gaffney, and former officer Joseph Walsh checked a box indicating Van Dyke was in serious danger. Former Detective David March also supported this claim, writing in a report that McDonald committed aggravated assault against the officers, forcing Van Dyke to open fire. March was not present during the shooting.While March, Gaffney, and Walsh were found not guilty, Van Dyke was sentenced to just under seven years. Under Illinois state law, which requires he serve at least half his term, he could be out of prison in around three years. Prosecutors initially asked Judge Vincent Gaughan for a sentence of 18 to 20 years. The defense team asked for probation.The defense team gave the court a number of letters asking Gaughan to show mercy. Van Dyke’s wife, Tiffany, even claimed she feared for her husband’s life in prison.“My biggest fear is that somebody would kill my husband for something he did as a police officer, something he was trained to do," she said of the shooting that left McDonald dead after only six seconds. "There was no malice, no hatred on that night. He was simply doing his job."Prosecutors challenged the defense by providing numerous accounts of the excessive force Van Dyke implored while on the job. A family impact statement was also read by Rev. Marvin Hunter, McDonald’s uncle.“I am a real victim of murder and that can never be changed,” Hunter read. "Jason Van Dyke, with his cold callousness and disregard for the life of a young Black man, without me provoking him, robbed us." Blavitize your inbox! Join our daily newsletter for fresh stories and breaking news Now check this out:Jason Van Dyke Claims He Shot Laquan McDonald 16 Times Trying To Hit His KnifeChicago Cop Jason Van Dyke Found Guilty Of Murder In Death Of 17-Year-Old Laquan McDonaldJason Van Dyke Begins Trial For Killing Laquan...
Artist Davian Chester aims to redefine traditional beauty standards with his Black princess collection.As a graphic designer, Chester sees that there is a lack of representation for Black women in both the entertainment and media industries. His Black princess collection is a spin on classic Disney princesses, portraying each traditionally white character as a Black woman. (Of course, this is with the exception of Princess Tiana from The Princess and the Frog, Disney’s only Black princess to date, whose natural #BlackGirlMagic Chester captures in a stunning portrait.)The Chattahoochee Valley Community College graduate lives in Columbus, Georgia, and works full-time as a teaching artist. An art lover since adolescence, Chester describes his work as thought-provoking, beautiful and motivational.“I have always been interested in art since elementary school. I started my digital journey in high school,” he told Blavity. We sat down with Chester to chat about the inspiration behind his collection and what we can expect from him in 2019.Blavity: What artist inspires your work and why?Davian Chester: I am inspired by the artist Sevell. His work is awesome. He captures the pure emotion and beauty in all of his pieces. You can view his work on Instagram [via] @illustration315.Blavity: What inspired your Black princess collection?Chester: The lack of representation of Black women in mainstream media inspired my Black princess collection. I was inspired by the question, “What if some of the most iconic women in the world were Black women?” I imagined that they would be bold, Black and beautiful with all shades of color.Blavity: What do you want people to walk away with, after they view your artwork?Chester: I want people to be able to relate to my work. I want my art to make them feel and think a little. I want other artists to be just as inspired as I am when I see other awesome pieces.Blavity: What has your experience been like, as a Black artist?Chester: Being a Black artist can be challenging — from trying to find work to being taken seriously in the eyes of large companies or the community. I do not think there is enough representation of Black art and beauty, especially in mainstream media. We need more Black beauty in our homes, online and on TV. It is getting there, though. I [also] believe Black artists should work together and collaborate rather than compete.Blavity: What does Black beauty mean to you?Chester: Black beauty is being confident, loving, brave and proud — not letting anything stand in your way because you know your worth.Blavity: What can people expect from you in 2019?Chester: I am actually going to push my illustrations and cartoons even more. I also plan on doing more animation. You can view my artwork online by following me on social media at @real_Toons.Blavitize your inbox! Join our daily newsletter for more fresh stories, perspectives and breaking news.Like this content? Now, check these out:13 Incredible Black Artists, Past And Present, Everybody Should KnowThis Black Art Caught Angela Bassett's Attention, And It Will Definitely Grab Yours TooBlack Art Matters: Why Our Creative Visual Contributions Should Be Valued And Represented More...
Just days after bringing in 2019, the new moon—which started Jan. 5—has brought about a time for much-needed new beginnings, if you had a trash 2018. Despite exiting a year where we saw the most drama among some of our most beloved celebrities, like Kanye West professing his love for Trump in the White House, we also saw growing buzz around the Black witchy movement. Blavity interviewed the Hoodwitch, who shared some insight into her own new moon rituals, including “moon parties” for friends and family. She even wrote "The Hoodwitch's Guide to New Moon Rituals," to help reset intentions and manifest new desires. The popularity of her work opened the door for numerous “hood witches” sharing their knowledge on social media and guiding followers to owning their divinity. Peep the advice from some of Instagram's best witches and healers that will help you recharge mentally and spiritually in 2019.1. Get out of your comfort zone. This year we aren't settling! According to the Trap Witch, an intuitive healer and spiritual coach who calls herself "trap Oprah," if there's a vision you have for your life — whether it's in love, career, finances — mediocre won't cut it. Don't allow being comfortable to stop you from attaining your highest desires. "I want an unsettling type of love and people around me who want that, too. Never get too comfortable. There’s no growth there. I always crave the type of love that puts fire under my ass to be better than I’ve ever been. I’ve found that in many sources in 2018, firstly being myself. For that I’m grateful," the Trap Witch captioned in an Instagram post. View this post on Instagram
I want an unsettling type of love and people around me who want that too. Never get too comfortable. There’s no growth there. I always crave the type of love that puts fire under my ass to be better than I’ve ever been. I’ve found that in many sources in 2018, firstly being myself. For that I’m grateful 🌻 image Rp from @victorialeanna_A post shared by The Trap Witch ל (@thetrapwitch) on Dec 23, 2018 at 8:54am PST2. Don't expect 2019 to be perfect. It's often said that we don't necessarily find all our happiness in the destination, but on the journey it took to get there. Tarot reader and priestess Tatianna Tarot reminds us that we are most grateful after we've endured hardships to reach our goal. Don't be afraid of the rough moments this year because it's just preparing you for a something greater."Getting to this point of happiness, bliss and abundance, sometimes requires that you endure trials & tribulations along the way. On an emotional level, this speaks volumes on reaching a point where you are content & grateful for the way things turned out," she wrote on Twitter. #Tarot
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pic.twitter.com/PrqQmIggJN— Tatianna Tarot (@TatiannaTarot) January 2, 2019Getting to this point of happiness, bliss and abundance, sometimes requires that you endure trials & tribulations along the way. On an emotional level, this speaks volumes on reaching a point where you are content & grateful for the way things turned out.— Tatianna Tarot (@TatiannaTarot) January 2, 20193. Be gentle with yourself. When we think about resolutions for the new year, we typically want to achieve the moon and the stars with extremely high (and sometimes unattainable) expectations. While this may jumpstart our focus to reach potential goals, it may not leave room for failure or slip up's. Before you know it you've given up on your resolution.Maraym Hasanaa, initiated priestess and consciousness studies teacher, stated in an Instagram post that we have to love ourselves through upcoming changes with grace and patience."Gentle reminder to keep kindness in your own heart," she captioned. View this post on Instagram
Gentle reminder to keep kindness in your own heart.A post shared by مريم حسنا (@maryamhasnaa) on Dec 20, 2018 at 8:58am PST
4. Use the life lessons you've had as fuel! Intuitive #HoodooBoo Nefertiti M., known as @HoodHealingHoodoo via Instagram, shared a lengthy post reminding followers to learn from their past and appreciate each moment as a lesson to guide the next season of life. She teaches that lessons can manifest in the form of a relationship, a job or a decision that produces an outcome that may not seem desirable at first, but it will lead to growth. Reflect on what you learned from 2018, and own the lessons you you've mastered. "Life got allllll the lessons, baby. ALLUVEM! Try looking at everything (literally everything and everyone) as a lesson.. and shit begins to make more sense + will feel less like a personal attack on you individually," she wrote. View this post on Instagram
🌻💫REFLECTIONS/CREATIONS💫🌻 Hit the (SWIPE 👈🏾) and you'll see what I've personally picked up while swandiving (face first unfortunately 🤡) all the way through 2018 🤣 but peep 2019 in the back there 😏 admiring the shit outta me (with the supportive things I need to get me thew.. yes.. THEW 👏🏾) because I've been through hell & back again.. but I will keep shining 💫 and YOU SHOULD TOO. Life got allllll the lessons, baby. ALLUVEM! Try looking at everything (literally everything and everyone) as a lesson.. and shit begins to make more sense + will feel less like a personal attack on you individually. 12/31/2018: It's the Eve of the Gregorian New Year and many are scrambling around last minute to make some changes energetically, and that's cool! (seems stressful 🤔) but I completely understand how we can get caught up in the "New Year, New Me" hype. (Sidenote: 12/31/2018 = 1+2+3+1+2+0+1+8 = 18 = 8+1 = 9. The number  does represent fulfillment, completion or bringing things to a conclusion/into fruition). Selflessness, idealism, magnetism and inspiration are associated with the number  as well. Another plateau awaits! Let's keep in mind though that we don't need the masses to tell us exactly WHEN we NEED to change; everyday is new 🌻 and everyday we have choices we can make toward the decisions that we want to invest in our greatest good 👐🏾 But: REFLECTION definitely is important 👑 Therefore, I ABSOLUTELY want you to take a look back to a YEAR ago and make note of how far you've come. Did you hit all of your goals? If not all, then some? None? 😨 Fuck it, it's time to get you together. Regardless - we need focus and need to put in the time and the actual WORK for ANY manifestation or creation to flourish. HOW MUCH DID YOU LEARN IN 2018? 😏 WHAT ENERGY ARE YOU TAKING OR ARE YOU SHEDDING THIS TIME AROUND? 🤔 💛 #HoodooBoo #HoodoohealerA post shared by Nefertiti M. 🔮 (@hoodhealinghoodoo) on Dec 31, 2018 at 9:04am PST
5. DO THE WORK, period't. Nothing in life comes free, and everything we want will require some level of hard work that's either physical, mental, spiritual or a combination of the three. Energy Healer and astrologer Danielle Ayoka of Mystic Lipstick, LLC created The Healing Series workshop, which is dedicated to removing old patterns and energy that could be blocking you from everything you want. Consider trying out a workshop or tapping into another type of practice that will help you stay intentional and accountable. "We’ll be removing any patterns, energy and baggage that causes us to be out of alignment with the universal flow of nature that causes continual blockages in our abundance and peace. This healing series will be the ultimate blockage, baggage and sabotage removal," Ayoka wrote about her series. We’ll be removing any patterns, energy and baggage that causes us to be out of alignment with the universal flow of nature that causes continual blockages in our abundance and peace. This healing series will be the ultimate blockage, baggage and sabotage removal 🙌🏽✨— Danielle Ayoka (@MysticxLipstick) December 31, 20186. Embrace your divinity and own your power. If you want this year to be one of achievement and happiness you'll have to dig deep and embrace the strength you have from within. This list couldn't be complete without a tip from the Hoodwitch herself, who encourages us to get in touch with our power to gain the clarity needed to guide us along the 2019 journey."What does embracing personal power feel like? It feels like ease. It feels like authenticity and not performing. It feels like clarity, and certainty. It feels like being ok by not being accepted by everyone...You are not for everyone," she wrote. View this post on Instagram
What does embracing personal power feel like? It feels like ease. It feels like authenticity and not performing. It feels like clarity, and certainty. It feels like being ok by not being accepted by everyone...You are not for everyone. Photography by @pierre_pierreetgilles #personalpower #collectivehealing #witchesofinstagram #bruja #yemoja #art #magic #resilience #strength #authenticity #witches #oracles #modernmystic #blackmadonnaA post shared by The Hoodwitch® (@thehoodwitch) on Dec 26, 2018 at 10:09am PST
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The confirmation hearings for William Barr, 45’s nominee to be the next attorney general, began on Tuesday. In the midst of a government shutdown that, according to CBS news, will have more than 420,000 federal workers go without pay, coupled with the Mueller Investigation - which seeks to determine if our president is, in actuality, a Russian spy - it could be easy to let these confirmations fly under the radar. Here's what you need to know about your possible new Attorney General. 1. He is Jeff Sessions' successor. Jeff Sessions stepped down from acting Attorney General in November, noting in his resignation letter that he was doing so at the request of President Trump. Many, including Nancy Pelosi, saw sessions forced resignation as a tactic meant to bring the Mueller investigation to screeching halt. Given his record of threats to undermine & weaken the Russia investigation, Matthew Whitaker should recuse himself from any involvement in Mueller’s investigation. Congress must take immediate action to protect the rule of law and integrity of the investigation. #FollowTheFacts— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) November 7, 2018Matthew Whitaker, briefly became acting attorney general, but following the backlash, Trump nominated William Barr in December. On Tuesday, when questioned if he would ensure that the findings of the investigation be made public, Barr stated the conclusion of the investigation “will be handled as a confidential document.”2. He’s a former attorney general under George H. W. Bush.William Barr has already acted as the attorney general under George H. W. Bush from 1991 to 1993. During that time, he had some interesting thoughts on criminal justice reform.3. Barr helped institute mass incarceration. During his time with the Bush administration in 1992, William Barr was a major contributor to the report by the Department of Justice titled The Case for More Incarceration. This report was one of the many stances and policies he spearheaded that escalated the war on drugs. In 1994 Barr and then Virginia governor George Allen co-chaired the Commission on Parole Abolition and Sentencing Reform. A commission that sought to abolish parole in the state, build more prisons, increase prison sentences up to six times longer. In 1991, Barr professed during the Mid-America Committee Luncheon: “Many of the so-called experts – whose theories gave us the horrors of the 60’s and 70’s – are criticizing this high prison population. They say it’s a sign of failure. I believe they are wrong. It is a sign of success.”4. Doesn’t believe that disparity between race and sentencing exist. When asked about racial disparities in prisons and prison sentencing during a Los Angeles Times interview in 1992, William Barr stated: “I think our system is fair and does not treat people differently.”When pressed on the specific differences in sentencing regarding offenses dealing with cocaine versus crack cocaine (a drug that disproportionately wreaked havoc on the Black community), Barr answered: “It's associated with violence. It's associated with the decomposition of families, crack babies, spousal abuse, child abuse. As you know, in 1985, all these social indices just went off the charts. It had a catastrophic impact, and so I think a stiffer penalty for crack cocaine is warranted.”When recently questioned by Senator Corey Booker during Tuesday’s hearing if the system of mass incarceration disproportionately benefited African-American communities, Barr seemed to have changed his tune - stating, “I think the reduction in crime has since 1992,” Barr responded. “But I think the heavy drug penalties have harmed the Black community and the incarceration rates have harmed the Black community.”5. Detained HIV+ Haitian Immigrants at Guantanamo BayIn 1991, the Bush administration began to collect Haitian refugees fleeing by boat after democratically elected Jean-Bertrand Aristide was overthrown via a military coup. While the numbers dwindled over time, at least 310 refugees who had tested HIV+ (or alleged to be positive) remained detained at the detention facility. In a 2001 interview with UVA’s Miller Center, William Barr discussed his role in what other’s considered a human rights violation and his response to detractors, “They were always complaining. I would say, ‘What do you people do at Guantanamo? Maybe this is the highest, best use of Guantanamo. Maybe Guantanamo should be turned over to the INS . . . and used as a processing center. Maybe this is the best use for the United States as opposed to whatever you people do with it.” With a majority Republican Senate, the likelihood that Barr will be confirmed is likey. The saga continues folks...Make sure you're following Blavity: Politics on Instagram and join our daily newsletter to stay engaged and informed.Now, check these...
Soulja Boy had some things to get off his chest this week. Little did he know, he would become January's meme of the month.The "Donk" rapper stopped by The Breakfast Club on Thursday and discussed his influence on today's generation of hip-hop. Soulja was asked whose career he specifically paved the way to prosper as a digital artist. Given the worldwide success of Drake, Soulja naturally said the Toronto singer-rapper.The way Soulja Boy said “DRAAAAAAAAAKE??!?? DRAKE???” gonna be a forever meme 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/a5bwCalDzu— Tyler Conway (@jtylerconway) January 16, 2019"Draaaaaaake? Draaaaaaaaake," Soulja said to Charlamagne Tha God, DJ Envy and Angela Yee. "The n***a that got bodied by Pusha T? The n***a that hiding his kid from the world, but his world want to hide from the kid? Aubrey Graham in a wheelchair? Draaaaaake?"While that may be true, it was the manner in which Soulja disbelievingly said the "God's Plan" rapper's stage name that made our sides hurt. His emphatic screeching became the funniest thing on the internet this week. Alas, another meme was born. Soulja Boy did an interview on Wednesday where he claims that he started Drake's career. People have been making memes since the video was released and these are my faves. You have to see the video or it won't make sense. https://t.co/tDSuEmXdRb
pic.twitter.com/uWEozl5lhg— Andrea Hubbard (@andi19365) January 18, 2019These Soulja boy memes are KILLING me 💀💀😂😭😭😂 pic.twitter.com/sb6JEWHOn2— karrenberry ✨ (@KarrenBerry) January 18, 2019The internet has no chill bruh 🤣🤣🤣🤣 #souljaboy
pic.twitter.com/zUxdwkk3ef— BipolarBeauty (@Mika_Luciano) January 17, 2019Mom: Lemme See Your Phone Real Quick
Me: MY PHONEEEEE?!??!?! #SouljaBoy
pic.twitter.com/AeVcHioQnR— kianamcf (@kianamcf1) January 18, 2019Y'all cuttin up on this Friday #SouljaBoy
pic.twitter.com/DOaxdmJxAu— [EnterNameHere] (@Time2Welp) January 18, 2019 They even took a presidential turn at one point. Lmaooo these Soulja Boy memes are getting out of hand ! 😩😂😂😭😭😭😭💀💀 pic.twitter.com/iH6xHDD3Rc— Saiyla Moon 🌙 (@SaiylaMoon_) January 18, 2019Some of us with nosy families can relate to this one a little to well.Y’all stop playing with my mans @souljaboy he gonna need a Cheque cut from all these memes. He a legend tho. #memeoftheyear and the year just started pic.twitter.com/Ge1C4gJP3i— That Guy Nuvo (@iNuv0) January 18, 2019 Young Drako himself even commented on the viralcy of the interview. Drake.... Draaakkkeeee??— Soulja Boy (Young Drako) 💲🔌🔫 (@souljaboy) January 17, 2019Blavitize your inbox! Join our daily newsletter for fresh stories and breaking news.Now check this out:R. Kelly, Who Seems To Lack In Both Morals And Sense Of Humor, Allegedly Wanted To Fight Dave Chappelle After Infamous Skit
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After suffering various forms of racial discrimination from her dance team at Kansas' Blue Valley Northwest High School, including being told she was “too dark” to perform, recent graduate Camille Sturdivant is now seeking legal justice. According to The Kansas City Star, the lawsuit details incidents in which Sturdivant endured several acts of racism against her over the years at the hands of teammates and instructors. Kevin Murakami, the dance team choreographer, noted the darkness of her skin and said it would distract audience members from the other girls. In a similar event, the dance team’s coach, Carley Fine, was fired for alluding to the fact that Sturdivant’s newly earned position on the Golden Girls dance team at the University of Missouri was undeserved because the young girl is Black. “THAT DOESN’T MAKE SENSE,” Murakami texted Fine about the news of Sturdivant’s collegiate dance career. “It actually makes my stomach hurt,” Fine replied. “[Because] she’s (expletive) Black. I hate that.”The text messages were discovered by Sturdivant when she borrowed Fine’s phone to play music for the dance team. After the initial shock and hurt, the dancer showed the messages to her parents and the school's principal. Fine was fired the following day. Despite her removal, Fine attended a banquet dinner held for members of the team. Sturdivant and her family were told the meal was canceled, Metro UK reported.Similar signs of solidarity to Fine and opposition of Studivant continued as all of the other dancers, besides the second unnamed Black student performer, wore ribbons with Fine’s initials on them during their final performance. In a statement observed by the Chicago Tribune, the Blue Valley School District wrote:“Respectful and meaningful relationships between staff and students are at the heart of Blue Valley’s culture. Discrimination of any kind has no place. The District expects staff to treat all students with respect at all times, and any report that this expectation has not been fulfilled is taken very seriously. As stated in the Complaint, on May 1, 2018, Mrs. Sturdivant showed Dr. Pressly the text message between Mr. Murakami and Ms. Fine. Ms. Fine’s employment with the District was separated the following day on May 2, 2018.”The amount of damages sought in Sturdivant's suit is unknown. Blavitize your inbox! Join our daily newsletter for fresh stories and breaking news.Now, check these out:Misty Copeland And Calvin Royal III Become The First Black Couple To Dance Lead With The American Ballet TheatreHow This Dance Director Is Challenging The Race Problem Of Dance Through EducationAesha Ash Is Using Her Dance Background And The Power Of Imagery To Change The Way Inner City Children See...
While boxing fans wait for the marquee match-up between Manny Pacquiao and Adrien Broner, a presser turned south when Broner called out a commentator for harsh criticism. Showtime's Al Bernstein tried to ask Broner about the high-profile fight at the tail-end of a Wednesday press conference, but the boxer did not want to engage with him. According to SB Nation, the two have a history. Bernstein reportedly made harsh comments about Broner on Twitter. "I ain’t even gonna lie to you, bro” Broner said. “I don’t f**k with you, bro. I don’t f**k with you. You be talking too much s**t about me on Twitter, bro.”😳 Adrien Broner goes off on Showtime's Al Bernstein at the final press conference before his fight with Manny Pacquiao. Refuses to answer questions, then gets his team to do the same. pic.twitter.com/D4c4DDYfFZ— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) January 16, 2019To Bernstein's surprise, he couldn't understand why Broner would attack him like this, asking, "Me?"“Yeah, you, b***h-a** n***a. I’ma let you know. And I’m just being real, bro," Broner replied. "Like I just already feel like you against me.”The two then traded barbs. Bernstein claimed he has never been against Broner. He said he was only doing his job before shifting the focus of the conversation back on Broner. “I’m not against anybody,” Bernstein retorted. “But this isn’t about me. It’s about you."Broner replied, "I’d rather Roy Jones or Stephen A. Smith ask me some questions. I don’t f**k with you.”However, Bernstein was persistent. He tried speaking to the 29-year-old's trainer, Kevin Cunningham.“It’s gang, gang!” Broner said before Bernstein could finish his question. “If I don’t f**k with you, they don’t f**k with you.”Boxing experts are breaking down the Las Vegas fight between the 33-3-1 youngster and the aggressive and seasoned Pacquiao, whose record is 60-7-2. CBS News predicts the match ending in a victory for the Filipino brawler. Blavitize your inbox! Join our daily newsletter for fresh stories and breaking news.Now check this out:5 Times Lebron James Proved He Was King Off The CourtFloyd Mayweather Calls President Trump A 'Real Man' For Grabbing 'Em By The P*ssy'Virginia Referee Banned From Officiating Games After Making Inappropriate Remarks About 10-Year-Old Black Girl's...