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Kamala Harris Attends a Pride Parade With Doug Emhoff, and Makes History in the Process

By | June 13, 2021

Vice President Kamala Harris is making history once again! On Saturday, Kamala attended a Pride celebration in Washington DC with husband Doug Emhoff, making her the first sitting vice president to march at a Pride event. As America’s second couple joined marchers during the Capital Pride Parade, Kamala sported a “Love Is Love” T-shirt complete with a bright pink blazer, while Doug wore a T-shirt with the words “Love first” written across it. “Happy Pride,” Kamala reportedly shouted out to the crowd.

“We need to make sure that our transgender community and our youth are all protected.”

While there, Kamala delivered a brief speech, advocating for the passing of the Equality Act, which protects LGBTQ+ people from discrimination in the workplace, schools, and other key areas of life. “We need to make sure that our transgender community and our youth are all protected. We need, still, protections around employment and housing,” Kamala said, according to NBC Washington. “There is so much more work to do, and I know we are committed.”

Kamala previously kicked off Pride Month with a poignant post about its significance on Instagram. “Every June, we celebrate the contributions the LGBTQ+ community have made to our nation’s past, present, and future – but we must recommit ourselves to doing everything in our power to protect the community from discrimination and harm and deliver full and equal rights to LGBTQ+ Americans,” she wrote on June 4.

If you’re looking for LGBTQ+ organizations to donate to, check out these incredible charities and groups.

How Kamala Harris’s Historic Inauguration Inspired This Upcoming Short Film

By | January 21, 2021

Jan. 20, 2021 will go down in history as the day Kamala Harris became the first woman, Black woman and woman of South Asian descent to serve as vice president of the United States. In honor of the momentous milestone, seven renowned artists – María Magdalena Campos-Pons, Okwui Okpokwasili, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Dell Marie Hamilton, Jana Harper, Lisa E. Harris, and Samita Sinha – have come together to develop a three-minute art film that celebrates the legacy of women who came before Harris.

When We Gather offers an empowering moment to heal and unite the country through creative energy,” Campos-Pons told Essence. “The circle shows us how we can remain connected even while we are separated due to this pandemic or due to the state of the nation. All of these factors have informed the collaborative choreography and spoken word of this global collective experience.”

When We Gather offers an empowering moment to heal and unite the country through creative energy.”

Campos-Pons came up with the idea for the project, which is directed by Codie Elaine Oliver and narrated by actress Alfre Woodard. Ahead of the Jan. 27 release of the film, people can check out the project’s behind-the-scenes interactive program, which highlights the stories of Black heroines.

“In accepting the nomination for Vice President, Kamala Harris evoked the memory of her mother, Shyamala Gopalan Harris, who ‘believed so deeply in an America where a moment like this is possible,'” the artists said in a statement. “Harris claimed this moment for ‘the generations of women – Black women, Asian, White, Latina, and Native American women throughout our nation’s history who have paved the way for this moment.’ She called on us all: mothers, grandmothers, sisters, aunts, girls; cis and trans, to celebrate with her. When We Gather is our collective answer to her invitation.”

The online interactive experience will be available on www.whenwegather.art starting Thursday at 7 p.m. and will run until Feb. 15.

Musicians Call on Biden Administration to Form Racial Inequality Commission in Powerful Video

By | January 20, 2021

Ahead of the presidential inauguration on Jan. 20, celebrities called on the Biden-Harris administration to address racial inequalities and police brutality during their first 100 days in office. On Monday, the Black Music Action Coalition and #breathewithme Revolution joined forces to bring attention to the unjust ways Black and brown people have died at the hands of police, and urge the incoming administration to confront the history of racism in the US and propose ways to move forward.

Led by Alicia Keys, the powerful video shared by NowThis features artists Keke Palmer, T.I., Khalid, and more, listing the wrongful ways Black people have been killed in America and paying tribute to the lives lost. From sleeping in bed, like Breonna Taylor, to walking down the street, like Elijah McClain, the stars underlined how the lives lost to police officers had disproportionately affected Black and brown people.

To put an end to these racist attacks, the video pushed Biden and Harris to form a Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Commission, which was first introduced by Rep. Barbara Lee in the wake of George Floyd’s killing and the global protests that followed in June. The special commission would focus on confronting the legacy of slavery in the country to inform and create policies that address racial injustices in the future. Watch the poignant video in full above and join the call to form the commission at #breathewithme Revolution’s website.

If Celebrities Can Call Today’s Insurrection at the Capitol What It Is, You Can Too

By | January 8, 2021

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As clips and photos of thousands of Trump supporters storming the US Capitol in a violent insurrection circulated online Wednesday afternoon, news outlets, political leaders, and Twitter users alike initially described the mob simply as “supporters” engaging in “protests.” But what took place at the nation’s Capitol was no protest. We must call this attack on American democracy what it is – racism, white nationalism, and white privilege on full display – and some celebrities and public figures have mustered the courage to do so.

“White Americans are never afraid of the cops, even when they’re committing insurrection.”

Simply referring to those who mobbed the Capitol as “protesters” fails to recognize the racism and white privilege in action. As political commentator Joy Reid said on MSNBC Wednesday, “White Americans are never afraid of the cops, even when they’re committing insurrection, even when they’re engaged in attempting to occupy our Capitol to steal the votes of people who look like me.” She continued, “Because in their minds, they own this country. They own that Capitol. They own the cops.” Even when participating in acts of domestic terrorism, which is defined by the FBI as “violent, criminal acts committed by individuals and/or groups to further ideological goals stemming from domestic influences,” it is the epitome of white privilege to be able to shamelessly smile for selfies and interact with the police.

Celebrities have also joined in on the conversation, demanding that both those in power and the public in general call out these perpetrators for the dangerous acts they’ve committed. They are not protesters; they are domestic terrorists who deliberately attempted an insurrection and should be treated as such. “We need to make sure that just because these individuals are majority white, that we’re not reframing this in something different,” Karamo Brown said in one impassioned video. Roxane Gay, Cardi B, Lili Reinhart, and more also criticized both law enforcement and the public’s response to the glaring racism of the situation and have called for others in positions of power to do the same. If celebrities can do it, surely others can too. See what more stars had to say about the Capitol attack ahead.

Barack Obama Jokes That Michelle “Would Leave Me” If He Joined Joe Biden’s White House Staff

By | November 16, 2020

Barack Obama might’ve campaigned for President-elect Joe Biden, but don’t expect to see him working as part of the White House staff anytime soon. During CBS Sunday Morning on Nov. 15, the 44th president told Gayle King he doesn’t plan on a Cabinet position – and Michelle wouldn’t be too happy about that change of plans, either.

“There are probably some things I would not be doing, ’cause Michelle would leave me,” he joked. “She’d be like, ‘What? You’re doin’ what?'” Despite his jests, Barack praised his wife and daughters for their flexibility during his presidency. There was a constant pressure put on their family during his time in office, and he expressed gratitude for their support during his interview. In fact, he dedicated his upcoming memoir, A Promised Land, to Michelle, Malia, 22, and Sasha, 19.

Barack also told Gayle he never really intended to get involved with campaigning again, but he felt an obligation to get involved with the 2020 election. “It is not my preference to be out there,” he explained. “I think we were in a circumstance in this election in which certain norms, certain institutional values that are so extraordinarily important, had been breached – that it was important for me, as somebody who had served in that office, to simply let people know, ‘This is not normal.'” Watch the full interview below.