In the black community, many times, we tend to focus on the negative as opposed to the positive. Social media has helped perpetuate this habit as people have expressed their disdain for certain celebrities and their silence about the apparent attack on black and minority lives. But, we are choosing to celebrate those who have chosen to use not only their platform, but their voice to help bring about change in our community.
It’s no secret that activist/rapper David Banner has a heart for his people. In a verse on his “Evil Knievil” track he says “I was on my way to heaven but I stopped and turned around for my people.” Banner reached his turning point long before the world was reminded of black injustices. Since having to make many life altering decisions, he’s been on a mission to educate and uplift those of Afrikan decent as well as mentoring other up and coming rappers, including Atlanta rapper Scotty ATL.
Don’t let the gangsta fool you. Rappers The Game and Snoop Dogg, who are speculated to be members of rival gangs, came together with a few other celebrities these past few weeks. The rappers chose to take their voices and influence straight to the LAPD. Take a look at the clip.
Many of our favorites have stepped up and spoken out during these turbulent times, inclusive of Jesse Williams, who sparked the conversation during his speech at the BET Awards. Carmelo Anthony, backed up by Lebron James, Chris Paul and Dwayne Wade gave a moving speech during last week’s ESPYs. T.I., Russell Simmons and other stars were spotted in the respective cities marching in peaceful protests.
Groups like 100 Black Men of America have been around for decades and is proof that black men supporting black lives is nothing new and is far from a trend. Dr. Umar Johnson has been on his international campaign to educate melanated people worldwide and is still pushing to build his school for black boys.
You don’t have to be famous to make a difference. Keep that in mind as you venture out into the world today.
Written by: Melody Lanei