“When you ready to talk, you talk. Don’t ever let nobody make you be quiet.” By Andréa Butler Two years ago, news first broke about how a YA novel inspired by #BlackLivesMatter — a novel that wouldn’t even be published until the following year — was already in talks to be made into a movie. […]Read more
How Your Favorite Celebs are Showing the World That Young People, Too, Have a Voice
“If every young person understood the power of their voice, things would be a lot different.” – Zendaya By Kennadi Harris Like you, many of your favorite stars are tired of society’s expectations and hypocrisies and certainly tired of keeping their mouths shut when it comes to defending themselves and their culture. Here are […]Read more
Amandla Stenberg Just Chopped Off Her Gorgeous Hair for the Best Reason
By Andréa Butler Amandla Stenberg is no stranger to activism, especially when it comes to her art. And she goes hard to make sure her messages are received. For her latest role in the upcoming movie, Where Hands Touch, Amandla didn’t opt for a prosthetic hair piece, choosing instead, to shave off all of her […]Read more
Meet Us at the March. It’s Goin’ Down.
It’s goin’ down in eight days. The day after inauguration, Saturday, Jan. 21, hundreds of thousands of people will converge on our nation’s capital to protest Trump’s racist agenda, and stand up for women’s rights and overall human rights. Beginning at 10 a.m. at the intersection of Independence Avenue and Third Street — right in […]Read more
15 Reasons Why We Love Skai Jackson
By Ayanna Thompson In celebration of our past cover girl Skai Jackson’s 15th birthday (today, April 8), peep these 15 things we love about her. Here’s to you, Queen Skai — may you forever slay. 1. She’s got skills. Not only has Skai dominated Disney in her role as Zuri Ross, first on Jessie and […]Read more
A New YA Novel Inspired by Black Lives Matter is On Deck to Become a Movie!
By Andréa Butler You know you’re a straight up #boss when you can land a movie deal for a book that’s not even published yet. And that’s exactly what author Angie Thomas has done. Her debut novel, The Hate U Give — which isn’t set to be released until next spring — is inspired by […]Read more
Citizen Four’s Josh Levi is Our New Favorite #WokeBae
Can’t get enough of Josh Levi? (Yeah, we can’t either.) In our winter issue, the 18-year-old X Factor USA finalist and member of Citizen Four, the newest boy band on the scene, sat down with L’Oreal Thompson Payton of #TeamSesi, and shared his passion for social justice and his dreams for the future. Get your […]Read more
Amandla Stenberg’s Newest Project Is Life!
Amandla Stenberg stays killin’ it when it comes to starting discussions about cultural appropriation and empowerment of Black girls. The latest on the 16-year-old fierce of nature? She’s co-writing a new comic book with Stranger Comics called NIOBE: She Is Life. NIOBE chronicles the adventures of Niobe, a half-elf/half-human orphaned warrior, on a quest to […]Read more
These Black Girls Were Just Named The “Most Influential Teens of 2015” by TIME
Recently TIME magazine released it’s annual list of “The 30 Most Influential Teens” — and this year, three of your faves made the cut: 1. Amandla Stenberg, 17 From speaking out against the Columbusing of our culture to calling out Kylie Jenner on her own cultural appropriation to co-writing a new comic book about a […]Read more
Amandla Stenberg Comes for Kylie and Her Cornrows
Amandla Stenberg isn’t afraid to keep things all the way 100 and yesterday, Kylie Jenner was the one who was schooled. After Kylie Instagrammed a pic of herself in cornrows with the caption, “I woke up like disss,” her comments started to blow up and many of them were calling her out for cultural appropriation. Perhaps […]Read more