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LeVar Burton, Crissy Teigen, Ice T, & More Lend Their Voices to the Nationwide Protests

To be honest, I don’t know what to write here. I’ve done a lot of crying in the last few weeks. Experienced a lot of shock. Had a lot of worry. Last night, I found myself listening to Aerosmith’s Livin on the Edge on repeat. If 2020 had a theme song, this would be it. I told myself when I took over this blog that I would try to refrain from getting too “political.” It’s why I’ve avoided certain celeb-related stories that have popped up in the media since February.   But as a black woman and a mother, it’s hard to not say what I actually am feeling right now.

I wish I could walk through the complexities of this whole, incredibly frustrating scenario we are facing with the protests. The decades of anger and pain felt by African Americans and POC nationwide. The white allies who are also out there protesting, demanding an end to the injustice. The citizens worldwide marching and protesting injustice. But the truth of the matter is if anyone doesn’t “get it”  by now, it’s because they don’t want to. Nothing I can say right now (especially in the scope of this blog) is going to change that.

I truly feel the last 2 months, we have seen the best and worst of Americans. People standing in unity against a pandemic, caring about their fellow humans, raising money to help people put out of work due to an unprecedented threat…and those who arm themselves to storm buildings, block traffic around hospitals so doctors couldn’t get to their sick patients, and spit at nurses because they are selfishly willing to “sacrifice the weak” so that they can get haircuts and go to the beach.  People standing around police officers protecting them from gun yielding troublemakers; police officers standing in unison with their communities, telling them that they are here to protect them….and police officers pepper-spraying children and driving into protesters and people who have decided to drive to different states to raise chaos and “get their loot on.”

 

My heart is broken. I take comfort in knowing I am not alone.  Here are some celeb reactions to everything going on (language warning):

 

LeVar Burton voices the pain and outrage African Americans are feeling

 

Ice T points out the injustice is nothing new

 

Janet Jackson points out the heightened level of awareness black people must live under in everyday life

 

Crissy Teigen is just sick of this Sh*t

 

Devon Sawa is too

 

And so is Matthew Lillard

 

Gabrielle Union isn’t standing for changes in the narrative

 

Taylor Swift speaks out against white supremacy

 

Tim McGraw calls for unity…. pens a song about not understanding what it feels like to be black in America

Justin Timberlake (and a lot of other celebs) put his money where his mouth is:

 

John Cusack joined the protesters, was attacked by police for filming

LeVar Burton, Crissy Teigen, Ice T, & More Lend Their Voices to the Nationwide Protests


Quay Bowen

Ex Foster youth and homeless Y2K street teen turned neurotic neuroscience graduate with a lot to say about all those experiences. Mother, WOC, Emory Grad, Charlie Day fan. Vocal advocate for foster & homeless kids, children, women, and the historically disenfranchised. Lover of film and television and an avid proponent in the use of media as a platform for social change. Burrito Connoisseur.


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Bowen, Q. (2020). LeVar Burton, Crissy Teigen, Ice T, & More Lend Their Voices to the Nationwide Protests. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 4, 2020, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/celebrity/2020/05/levar-burton-crissy-teigen-ice-t-more-lend-their-voices-to-the-nationwide-protests/

 

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