In the midst of some of the most devastating news to hit the black community in decades—from arsons to massacres and police brutality—this week we finally had a reason to celebrate.
The American Ballet Theater announced that Misty Copeland would be become the first African American Principal Dancer in the company’s 75-year history. If you have been lucky enough to see her perform, (like I was earlier this year to watch her in Swan Lake), she is not only breathtaking, but incredibly inspiring, allowing generations of little black girls and boys to soar a little higher and dream bigger.
Congrats to the ‘Firebird’
Pop Off of the Week:
Donald Trump vs. Macys. There are just some things that I wish I could un-see, (like the movie B.A.P.S), and in Donald Trump’s case, un-hear. Watching the republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, stumble through his offensive and tasteless announcement speech last week made my ears bleed.
Not only did he go off script but he also managed to offend Mexicans, immigrants, low income Americans and everyone else who he called a “loser” during his 45-minute rant. If ever you needed a reminder that money can’t buy class—just Google his speech. Nonetheless, “The Donald” learned one thing—being a bigot is bad business. Not only did NBC cut ties with the “candidate” but Macy’s pumped the breaks on their relationship as well.
"We are disappointed and distressed by recent remarks about immigrants from Mexico. We do not believe the disparaging characterizations portray an accurate picture of the many Mexicans, Mexican Americans and Latinos who have made so many valuable contributions to the success of our nation," Macy's said. "In light of statements made by Donald Trump, which are inconsistent with Macy's values, we have decided to discontinue our business relationship with Mr. Trump and will phase-out the Trump menswear collection, which has been sold at Macy's since 2004."
Poliwood Round-Up: Trending Topics in the #BlackTwitterverse This Week
Trend of the Week: #FreeBree
In an act of heroism fit for history and comic books alike, Bree Newsome’s name will surely be revered for generations to come. Over the weekend the freedom fighter, director and community activist took matters into her own hands, when she scaled the flagpole outside of the Charleston, South Carolina statehouse and took the Confederate Flag down.
There are some, like Governor Nikki Haley that talk about doing the right thing, and then there are those like the fearless Bree Newsome who act—and all I can say to her is, thank you!
THREE: #LoveWins in the ‘Empire’
This weekend BET hosted its annual awards show and while they seemed to be a longer than a weave on a ‘Real Housewife’ there were a few stellar standouts, namely the cast of ‘Empire’—Jussie Smollett specifically.
The actor/singer may be the first out black man to perform on the BET stage and if that wasn’t enough, he made a declaration regarding the SCOTUS’s recent same-sex marriage decision and dazzled the audience with the LGBT inclusive lyrics of the show’s hit song “You’re So Beautiful”.
Performance begins at the 3:35 mark.
TWO: White House Campout
For the first time ever in the history of the White House, First Lady Michelle Obama held a campout for 50 lucky Girl Scouts on the lawn of the White House. In celebration of FLOTUS’s Let’s Move! Outside Initiative she along with the First Family hosted lucky campers to a rock climbing challenge, smores, and tent building exercises all to help the young girls get their camping badge. The smiles on the faces of the campers, POTUS, and FLOTUS let us know all had a fabulous time!
ONE: Burning Faith
Since the massacre of 9 black parishioners at the AME church in Charleston, South Carolina a half dozen black churches have been set a blaze. Some have been burned to the ground and others mildly damaged. What history has taught us however is that black churches have long been a target of white supremacists.
While we continue to debate the legitimacy of the Confederate Flag, it seems that history is repeating itself—but like President Obama protested during the eulogy of Clementa Pinckney, we have an amazing grace and will rise again.