In 2004, Fashion Designer Charm Logan attempted to gather a lineup of all-indigenous models for her fashion show, Fashion Nation. After discovering that there were simply not enough Indigenous models signed to talent agencies, she had to scout aspiring actors and models in First Nations communities. In 2019, fifteen years later, another fashion designer named Leslie Hampton attempted the same thing for her Toronto Fashion Week debut, only to find that, once again, agencies just did not have enough Indigenous models, so she also had to scout for models in native communities. Though both these cases took place in Canada, the same rings true in America. The unfortunate truth is that there is a notable lack of Native American representation in the fashion industry, especially modeling, which means someone like Denali White Elk being featured on the cover of Vogue Italia is a surprising headline.

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Aight, so peep... There’s this guy out in Chicago who has been doing his thing on several different levels. In the midst of all of the negativity that surrounds the city, it’s refreshing when you hear about a young Black man doing something positive to spread joy in the Black community. He started out with rap as his primary focus, then transitioned to observational comedy skits, and both have led him to become a contributor to Chicago youth activism. The man I’m talking about is none other than Korporate, on Gaude!

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SARS (Special Anti-Robbery Squad) in Nigeria and the movement to end it.

From an organization called the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, it would be expected that those in power would be set out to protect the people. However, in Nigeria, people have been fighting to remove SARS. 

Groups were formed in the heat of 2020, including the Feminist Coalition, a group that organized specifically against SARS. Originated by Damilola Odufuwa and Odunayo Eweniyi to make the lives of women better in Nigeria.

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“Do you feel like you’re in a rut? Are you unhappy with the person you see reflected in the mirror? Do you wish you could change your life, but you’re not exactly sure of where to begin?” Those are the first lines of Melissa Fredericks’ book The Journey to Self Love, a book that focuses on how she overcame her low self-esteem and overwhelming life. 

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“It was confusing at first, I was like I have the drive. I have the energy…’why not me?’”

-Chef Kia Damon

Chef Kia Damon, also known as Kia Cooks, said it took her a while to figure out why people weren’t taking her seriously in the world of culinary arts at the very beginning of her career in Florida.

“No one saw me as anyone serious and it was really confusing for me at first because I had the drive and the energy to do it, so why not me? It took a little while to be like ‘oh okay’ it's because I’m a Black woman, and that’s weird for a lot of people,” she explained.

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