Black Tik Tok Creators Go On Strike
The phrase "Black Tik Tok strike" became a trending topic on Twitter in recent days after it was revealed that a group of Black creators on the video-sharing platform have stopped releasing new dance content. For quite some time, white Tik Tokers have received national attention and praise for dances and trends while the Black creators of said dances are overlooked. While it's unclear exactly how long the strike will last, the absence of the contributions of Black creatives on the social networking platform is already being felt.
Michael B. Jordan's J'Ouvert Rum Sparks Cries Of Cultural Appropriation
The Trinidadian community is up in arms over the announcement of Michael B. Jordan's J'Ouvert Rum. Specifically, some have taken to Twitter, Instagram, and other social networking platforms to express outrage over the actor's decision to trademark the name J'Ouvert since he has no distinct ties to the islands of Trinidad and Tobago of which the public is aware. Hence Jordan has been accused of cultural appropriation and attempting to profit from West Indian culture.
Ciara Lends Her Celebrity To Cervical Cancer Awareness
Ciara is helping to spread awareness surrounding cervical cancer and its impact on Black women by way of the "Cerving Confidence" initiative in conjunction with Project Health Equality and the Black Women's Health Imperative. "Go out there and make an appointment," Ciara told CBS News Tuesday. "Put yourself first, you have to. Putting yourself first is everything. Then you can take off and be your best self in every way possible." Approximately 2,000 Black women are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year and on average, 40 percent of them die from the disease, according to Jackson Health.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot Declares Racism A Health Crisis
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot declared racism a public health crisis Sunday during an interview with MSNBC. Citing the 9.2-year life expectancy gap between Black and non-Black residents of Chicago, Lightfoot pledged to devote $9.6 million in COVID-19 relief funding to establish six "Health Chicago Equity Zones" throughout the city.
Angelica Ross Says She Was Pressured by Fiancé to Hide Trans Identity
During a discussion with Sheryl Lee Ralph for the virtual ATX TV Festival, Angelica Ross opened up about a time when she was pressured to hide her identity as a transgender woman by her partner, who wanted to maintain the image of being a straight male, according to Page Six “He was Italian, handsome and it would have maybe worked had I chosen to be stealth, live in his shadow, and protect his image of being a straight male in the world or whatever,” said the Pose actress.