She was described as beautiful by her longtime friend Mary Young. Many reports from the media also misgendered her and male
I'm also cognizant that writing a song like "Black Man," could make it seem like I'm out here leading the movement. To be
To say that black lives matter creates inner dissonance, something not experienced with the distance of empathizing an experience over music. You love hip hop, so how can black lives not matter?
The Bland family fought bravely and managed a victory of sorts, but there remains much to be done. A million-dollar settlement and the promise of procedural change fall short of what Sandra Bland and other black women deserve.
A few months ago, most probably would have believed that Gaines' best course of action was to comply with the police in order to get herself and her children home safely. But "a few months ago" was before Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.
Her mom called Bresha Meadows a "hero" for saving the family.
We need to always remember to #SayHerName.
Yearwood's tale spotlights the ways that intersectional race, gender, and sexual biases occur globally in criminal justice at the same time that it helps to highlight inequitable treatment of gender non-conforming prisoners at home.
"I think being an artist, you are in the business of telling it like it is," Aja Monet says.
"I've wished death on myself many times but it was never my idea."