Sneakers are more than just shoes. Sneakers have forged bonds among communities, and they have inspired philanthropic efforts, such as Sneaker Ball Atlanta. Sneaker Ball Atlanta is an annual benefit that raises funds to provide kids and teens with financial support and sneakers. Sneaker Ball ATL’s Instagram profile describes the fundraiser as “a premier event that brings together professionals across the City of Atlanta for a night benefiting youth in low income & underserved areas.”
Can you name an actor or actress that has a career spanning over 50 years? The list isn’t very lengthy, so of course finding someone whose career spans over 60 years will be an even shorter one. One gentleman who has been able to achieve such a long career and be able to display an amazing amount of range along the way has been Glynn Turman. Very few people have been able to work not only as long, but as diligently as Turman has. Very few people have been able to share the stage with cinematic royalty like Cicely Tyson, Ruby Dee, and Sidney Poitier. Then manage to stick around long enough to work with Chris Rock, Angela Bassett, Bernie Mac, Chadwick Bozeman, and Viola Davis. Not too many can be mentioned in the conversation about black pillars in Hollywood, but Turman embodies that very title.
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 Elkbeing featured on the cover of Vogue Italia is a surprising headline.
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!
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.
“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.