The worst nightmare of any parent is the thought of losing their child. But, for Sybrina Fulton, this wasn’t just a nightmare, it was her reality. In 2012, her unarmed 17-year-old son, Trayvon Martin, was shot and killed by 28-year-old George Zimmerman. Zimmerman wasn’t arrested for the shooting until two entire months later, and he was still acquitted a little over a year later by using Florida’s “Stand Your Ground,” law as his defense.
He may not exactly be well known by most adults, but one would be hard-pressed to find a bigger star of YouTube Kids. This eight-year-old makes unboxing and toy review videos, and he was the highest-earning YouTuber of 2019, according to Forbes Magazine. He beat out Markiplier, PewDiePie, and Jeffree Star, two gaming YouTubers, and a beauty YouTuber, who make up some of the highest earners on the platform. He raked in a total of $26 million last year, out the second-place earner, Dude Perfect, a sports and comedy channel, by $6 million.
Fame is not something that comes easily, but for rising child superstar Dylan Gilmer, an eleven-year-old rapper and actor from Annapolis, Maryland, it comes naturally. Dylan initially gained his following from appearances on The Ellen Show and America’s Got Talent, where he showed off his rapping skills and charisma and gained a faithful audience.
Years from now, when someone mentions March 2020, most people will be reminiscent of COVID-19, but for Khalilah Womack, March 2020 will be remembered as the month that her dream project, I Scream Ice Scream Rolls, came to life. Womack opened up shop in Underground Atlanta on March 13, days before the mandatory quarantine, an experience not many small business owners have gone through, but she has persevered through these unprecedented challenges. Through community and (especially) family support, I Scream has made it through to be a shining new face for the revitalization of Underground Atlanta. The revitalization of the area, as said by Underground’s website, is dedicated to turning the “historic four-block radius into a sustainable community where people can live, work, create, and explore… with unique shops, restaurants, markets, entertainment, and a variety of workspace options.”
Growing up in the wide-open spaces of Denver, Colorado can be an isolating experience. For a young Black girl, though, the silence can be even more stifling. Courtney Brooks, an artist, and the first curator-in-residence for the Atlanta Beltline, as well as the first Black woman public art curator in Atlanta---took inspiration from her surroundings, like her parents’ love for Black culture magazines like Ebony and Jet and soul vinyls. Now, she is eager to share her story -- and the story of other black women -- through her three-part art exhibit Journey of A Black Girl.
With Black Lives Matter protests still raging strong around the world, people truly are taking a stand, calling for systemic change in America and abroad, not to mention COVID-19 hanging above all of this. Many celebrities have joined the movement, and British actor John Boyega has no qualms about leading the charge.