If you aren't able to be out protesting, there are still tons of ways you can support the current movement for racial justice at home. Here is a list of resources, organizations to donate to, petitions to sign, and a number of other actions you can take from home to help support Black Lives Matter as an ally.
If you are able to or interested in participating in the current protests happening across the United States, there are many things you can do to make the process safer for yourself and your peers. With the help of multiple sources across social media, we've compiled an extensive list of tips, items to bring, and do's and don'ts for protesting safely and effectively.
Since I was 12 years old, I have struggled with an eating disorder. For me, being a woman of color and having atypical anorexia was definitely uncommon. In my own personal experience, we never really spoke about anxiety or depression, so you can imagine the lack of conversation around having a healthy relationship with food. In the African American culture, the more curves you have the better, and if you don't have curves, you know you aren't the picture-perfect small waisted, ample-bottom stereotypical Black woman.
It's easy to be inspired when progress is being made. However, the true challenge of hope will always be to maintain it when momentum slows or, harder still, when the opposition is gaining more ground than we are. While these statements may seem obvious as we consider moments in our lives where the going got tough and the tough had to get going, it's sometimes a challenge to see these ideas represented in traditional entertainment where we can usually count on a happily ever after.
Cloe Luv is a born and bred Brooklyn, New York entrepreneur, philanthropist and renaissance woman. Luv's Brooklyn co-working space, Cloe's Corner, offers a professional space where female entrepreneurs can thrive through community and sharing entrepreneurial skills. Her 501c3 non-profit organization, Women With Voices, works to empower women through teaching business and financial skills and creating networking opportunities. Cloe's New York City music production company, Brook Brovaz, scores music soundtracks for thousands of television and film projects. The Brook Brovaz debut album, A Brooklyn Summer, is out now.
Jerricha Hoskins is a licensed cosmetologist, mother of six, and founder of Arcani Coil Care. Even through her darkest days, living in a homeless shelter with her toddler after losing her home and having her vehicles repossessed, Hoskins always dreamt of owning her own business.
She launched Arcani Coil Care just two years ago. Her business features vegan-based temporary hair colors, a men's beard care kit, children's curl mousse, edge control products, leave-in conditioners, lock cream, and more. Despite the challenges, Hoskins chased her dream, which many people thought was far-fetched — owning her own hair care line.