Social media has reinvented the way we view activism. No longer do you need to pass out flyers or go knock on several doors to spread the word. A simple tweet to your followers or a post on Instagram will reach more people, in a short amount of time. This is especially true for individuals that are internet sensations or have a massive following. Social media presence is king in today’s society.

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So far 2018 has been an amazing year for Black cinema. No two portrayals are the same and there is a little something for everyone. While there is still progress to be made these films are refreshing to see. Long before its release, I had been hearing talks of a film adaption of Angie Thomas’ debut novel “The Hate U Give.” The bidding war for the rights was being discussed, reactions to the cast, and even talks of colorism all shrouded the film before it even hit theaters. One of the running themes or emotions I felt while watching this film was the honesty of it all. As a Black woman watching this film I felt seen and I knew so many others would too.

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The creator of the Emmy nominated web series “Brown Girls,” Fatimah Asghar, has released “If They Come For Us,”  a book of poetry that “captures the experiences of being a young Pakistani Muslim woman in contemporary America.” Through her work of both “Brown Girls,” and “If They Come For Us,” Asghar talks about the intersectionality of being a woman, an orphan, an immigrant, Muslim in America, and queer.

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According to the Trap Music Museum and Escape Room located in Northwest Atlanta, the word “Trap,” is defined as structures, zones, or capacities where narcotic suppliers prepare, operate, and distribute their product; a place where one hustles and grinds for financial gain to change one’s circumstances.

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Who determines what is beautiful? Too often we are told that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and that’s not fully true. At very young ages we are bombarded with images that indoctrinate us with what society deems as attractive. However, in reality most people do not meet these unrealistic beauty standards. It’s possible that someone may be well into adulthood before they finally learn how to embrace their features. This was indeed the case for 25-year-old Sudanese model Nyakim Gatwech.

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In a society where certain groups are taught to be ashamed of or embarrassed of their community, like people of color and members of the LGBTQ community, empowerment and representation is necessary, particularly for the youth. America’s black youth are among these groups, unfortunately black people are taught from a very young age that they are less than.

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Contemporary art has a multitude of forms, many of which are criticized as random or too hard to understand. Pieces in this area of thought simply require an analysis past the visual pleasure they may lack. This type of art gets showcased at Flux, an event that creates a space for local Atlanta artists to showcase their work in harmony with nature at Grant Park. This year’s Flux event took place from Sept 27-30th at Grant Park.

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Before becoming the lead in OWN’s new TV show Love Is___, Michele Weaver came from humble beginnings. She originally planned to attend a “traditional” form of college but then, at the last minute, Weaver decided to apply to performing arts schools. She ended up attending Pepperdine University in Malibu, California where she studied theater.