Last Sunday, rapper Tory Lanez was arrested on concealed weapon charges, according to Vulture. Initially, some thought that fellow rapper Megan Thee Stallion, who was in the car with him, had also been arrested. Yet, as the week progressed, more facts were released.
On Thursday, Megan spoke out about the incident for the first time. In an Instagram caption, she wrote, “I was never arrested. This whole experience was an eye opener and a blessing in disguise. I hate that it took this experience for me to learn how to protect my energy.”
This was in response to a shooting that left Megan with a foot injury. In a statement, Megan added that this was “done with the intention to physically harm” her. By the end of the week, Lanez was being looked at as a suspect in this crime. Once word of this hit social media, memes started pouring out.
Inside Tayarisha Poe's cinematic masterpiece
Last Spring, Amazon Studios released “Selah and the Spades” starring Lovie Simone (“Greenleaf”), Oscar Winner Jharrel Jermone (Moonlight, When they see us), and Celeste O’Connor (Ghostbusters). From casting a dark-skinned actress in a leading role to showcasing the intricacies of Black adolescence, there was a lot that filmmaker Tayarisha Poe got right with this quirky teen drama.
Really, the story was not just told through the dialogue. It was also told through the cinematography. Poe noted that a visual inspiration for the film was Rihanna, whose music videos incorporate cinematic elements. When Selah and her Spades walk away at the end, I saw parallels to Rihanna grabbing the gun at the end of the “Man Down” video.
In an interview with the American Film Institute, Poe calls Rihanna an “impossibly cool, seemingly approachable bad bitch.” We see these qualities in Selah Summers.
This is not a competition. This is an indictment of slacktivism that is not inclusive, nor is it intersectional.
Correction: In a previous version of this article, I referred to Dominique "Rem'Mie" Fells as Dominique "Remi" Fells.
I-n-t-e-r-s-e-c-t-i-o-n. Do we know what that means? The irony is that I reference a song that featured Boosie Badazz, who has proven that he does not know what intersection, or tact, mean. A few months ago, Boosie was kicked out of Planet Fitness for his transphobic rant about Zaya Wade, Dwyane Wade’s daughter.
Already, Zaya has defined her intersection: being Black and trans. And already, she has been verbally attacked by a grown man. Keep in mind that this is the same man who says he hired a stripper for his son’s birthday, although his son is 14 years old.
Therein lies the problem: that Boosie is okay with a grown woman sexually assaulting his teenaged son, but he draws the line with a young girl stating how she wants to be identified. While some would call this an isolated issue, it is not; Black trans women, who Zaya will grow up to be, are ninety one percent of victims of trans genocides.
Inside the app that has innovated a new way to create
Turnout was low at President Donald Trump’s rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma on June 21. According to the “TikTok teens,” or teen users of the “TikTok” app, this was due to a strategic protest they organized through the app. The strategy was as follows: people who disapprove of President Trump would reserve tickets for the rally, although they had no intention of going.
This way, many of the seats would be empty. When reports came out that the turnout was low, TikTok teens “[took] a victory lap for [their] fake reservation campaign,” said NBC News. The Trump campaign denies that the actions of TikTok's teens had any impact on turnout. However, if this claim were true, and teenagers organized such a powerful demonstration against the President, it would highlight how much power TikTok has.
But how does the app utilize this power?
On surviving under capitalism
It all starts on a Saturday in June. We are in the middle of Quarantine, and I receive three bills from the hospital totaling over $4,000. This is added to the fact that I was recently scammed, which set me back $7,000. This means that I have am in debt for $11,000, and I have just a tenth of that to my name. For anyone, this would be stress inducing. For someone with no source of income, no health insurance, and a new mental health diagnosis, it feels like rock bottom.
This realization comes just one day after Black people celebrated Juneteenth. While out at a small event, I saw some people wearing shirts that said “Free-ish,” and that made so much sense to me. Really, when have we as Black people ever truly been free?
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