Black Lives Matter: Google It.

Black Lives Matter Doodle Google Akilah Johnson DC Blaque Coffee Blog

Because art is supposed to make you feel.

I’m sure if you’re reading this article then you’ve seen the piece already on Google’s site today. I saw it from the Google app on my phone during my morning commute and casually thought, wow, that’s dope. I made a mental note to investigate further when I was logged onto my laptop and see where the design came from. Moving on with my the piece began to slip my mind.

Fast forward 7 hours later.

Being the procrastinator that I am, once returning home from work and logging on my computer to start homework, I instead began viewing today’s doodle even more closely. The detail in the design and the different symbols once again grabbed my attention. Subsequently, I clicked the artwork and read an inspiring article about a young, Black, girl, from D.C. who created the piece. She won a national contest with over 100,000 applicants from all over the 53 different U.S. states/territories. I was shocked.

Needless to say, her story inspired me, only a sophomore in high school yet wise beyond her years. I couldn’t help but share. You go Akilah. You Go.

Be strong. Be haute. Be you.

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Abuse or Misuse?: Celebrity Platform for Change

If you haven’t seen the above video, I suggest you watch it, ASAP. No really, stop reading and watch it. Then come back. I’ll be here I promise.

You watch it? Okay, now let’s talk.

I am a young, Black woman who tries to stay as socially conscious as possible. I don’t really like to watch the news often because it depresses me, but I make the time to stay aware, even if it’s through word of mouth or my iPhone’s CNN app. My point is that while I have a full plate of daily responsibility and no degree of fame, I make the time to keep my ear to the streets and fulfill my duty to be an informed citizen. But this is not the case for many of those who we give our money to in the form of television ratings, album purchases, and movie ticket sales. These celebrities who have media tools that their ancestors lacked and the world wide web at their disposal are failing miserably at doing what I think is their civic responsibility to stand for what’s right. Why? Because I’m a firm believer in the quote:

“If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything.”

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Buying Power, Blaque Power

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This is not a political blog. And I, though many things, am not a politician.
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But some circumstances prove impossible to sit back and simply watch silently, helplessly, as things unravel.…and so, here’s one account of what it was like being in the nation’s capital as it was declared that a grand jury found no reason to indict Darren Wilson. 
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Upon walking into my building I caught wind that Fox News (yuck!) was arriving at Howard to film students while the verdict was announced (whether this happened or not, who knows? I immediately went in the opposite direction). I heard sirens blaring from the local eatery “club McDonald’s” as the blue and whites arrived to man their posts, all before a decision was released. My phone lit up with group chat notifications: “Meet here!” “Protest starting there”, “Black out your Instagram photo now”.
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And I saw it all happening again.

 

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The same uproar that ensued when our community heard of the initial shooting of Michael Brown, or even back when we were informed of Trayvon Martin‘s assassination. The exact same buzz began to emanate amongst my peers and the Black community at large and I found myself…growing angry. Why?

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