Changing the Conversation: How Our Media Partners are Showing Support for the Black Lives Matter Movement
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We’ve compiled a list of the members of our SHE Media Partner Network who are posting or acting in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. Show your support by checking out their articles, share their posts, and of course, giving their platforms a follow.
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Our partners at Baby Names voiced their support of the Black Lives Matter movement with a somber reminder of the Black men and women who have lost their lives due to police brutality. They have listed the names of many victims at the top of their homepage, entirely unmissable for all visitors. Their simple, chilling message reads, “Each One of These Names Was Somebody’s Baby.”
Our partners at TheyBF wrote up a super clear and concise breakdown of what protestors and petitioners mean when they say that it’s time to defund the police. Without context, this call to action can be confusing or alienating to potential supporters of the movement – which is why serious, definitive breakdowns like this one are crucial to building support and calling people in rather than calling people out when they make misguided remarks or unfounded assessments. Read the full article here.
From TheyBF’s article:
“So, what does “defund the police” mean? For starters, it does NOT mean get rid of police departments entirely. Instead of spending millions of dollars to fund a police department, defunding the police would send back a portion of their excessive allotted budgets to the city’s budget for things like better schools, after school programs, mental health facilities – basically more money would be poured into addressing the roots of criminal activity (issues surrounding inequalities in education, minimum wage, etc.) and also would better serve the community.”
Bust sat down with one of the Black Lives Matter movement founders, Patrisse Cullors-Brignac, to discuss the role intersectionality plays in feminism and the BLM movement’s support. It’s a must-read for any woman wondering what their place in this moment is. Check out the article here.
Our partners at Stockpiling Moms posted a moving piece from one of the blog’s founders, Melissa Jennings. She urged her readers to stop asking inappropriate, personal questions based on race — from her perspective, as a white mom to a brown son. You can read it right here.
BEYOND BLACK & WHITE
Beyond Black & White posted a beautiful poem about a staff member’s experience at the protests that are going on across the United States. Entitled “Queen Today, Bitch Tomorrow,” the poem truly captures the rawness, sadness, and anger we’re all feeling right now. She highlights how this moment is specifically affecting black women, and it’s a must-read for anyone who considers themselves a supporter of the movement. You may not agree with every line, but we have to commit ourselves to perspective, perspective, perspective.
xoNecole took the time to specifically call out celebrities who have been on the frontlines at protests across the United States — a great way to remember who’s worth supporting in a time when so many celebs are showing their true colors. Celebs mentioned include #BlogHer19 Creators Summit speaker and #VOTY winner Keke Palmer, J.Cole, Kehlani, and more. Check out the article here.
We’re proud to partner with Reductress, a satirical site that always manages to marry humor with salient, sometimes painful truths. They’ve made multiple posts referencing white allyship, calling out brands that haven’t donated to any BLM-related causes but have made vague statements of support. Check out some of their scathing coverage that’s holding a mirror to our society (and making us laugh in the process), including their article “Why I’m Choosing to Ask a Black Stranger How to Be a Better Ally When Google is Free,” right here.
Red Tricycle writer Ayren Jackson-Cannady shares why it’s crucial to have race talks with your parents and friends so that they, in turn, can have productive conversations with their kids. Committing to having these conversations with both friends and children, is easier said than done. Still, moving forward is putting ourselves in uncomfortable situations, having tough conversations, and doing our best to learn as much as we can. We invite you to read more in her article, “How I Explain Racism to My White Friends (So They Can Explain It to Their Kids).
PS — Red Tricycle’s founder, Jaqui Boland, recently spoke at #BlogHer20 Parenting. Read the recap here.
The Astrotwins have taken to the stars to explain the astrological context for the protests going on across the country, and have it on good, celestial authority there’s even bigger changes coming for us in 2020! Check out their full diagnosis re: the Sagittarius Full Moon here.
Our friends at Hoboken Girl did a deep-dive into Black-owned businesses in Jersey City that readers can support. From the Banana Pudding King to Everlast Gym (where you can burn off your banana pudding?) there are so many entrepreneurs to support. See the full article here.
ICE CREAM CONVOS
Ice Cream Convos covered the unveiling of Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Black Lives Matter plaza on Instagram, demonstrating the DC area’s support of the protestors. Check out the article here.
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