It is 2018, and African Americans are still advocating for the recognition they deserve. Here at ing, we thought it was time to give credit where it was due! Here is a list of accomplishments that speak for themselves.
During the 2018 Golden Globes, Oprah was awarded the Cecil B. DeMille Award for her “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.” Oprah is the first African American woman to win this award. She used her time during her acceptance speech to mention the #TimesUp and #MeToo movement. Her speech echoed the strength of a presidential pitch. Oprah 2020?
Chance the Rapper
Chance the Rapper is a musician and activist, inspiring the youth to be amazing. He is starting his movement in Chicago’s south side, his home. Recently, Chance donated $1 million to Chicago public schools and urged the funds to go towards education in public schools. He also recently met with 5th graders to teach them about the importance of coding and the tech world. Having an icon like Chance the Rapper encouraging kids to always look beyond the horizon is huge! Chicago today, tomorrow the world.
The actor, director, comedian and writer, Jordan Peele, has been recognized for his amazing work on Get Out. If you haven’t seen Get Out, wake up and remove yourself from the rock you are living under. This amazing movie tackles the disturbing aspects of racism and shook the public.
Do you know who Ryan Coogler is? You should. He is a film director, screenwriter and activist. Remember Fruitvale Station? Ryan Coogler directed that. Have you heard all of the hype towards the movie Black Panther coming out soon? He directed that, too. And guess what? He’s only 31. Black excellence at its finest!
What’s not to love about Shonda Rhimes? She is a producer and director of amazing shows such as Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal. Grey’s Anatomy has been known for focusing on social issues in previous episodes, but social issues is the theme of every episode on season 14. Police brutality, domestic abuse, mental illness stigmas, and cardiac issues with African American women are some of the most recent that Shonda has focused on. Make the people pay attention, Shonda. When you think she’s done with producing hit shows, she’s not. Station 19 comes out in March this year.
These are just a few amazing African Americans that are paving the way for future generations. Representation matters, and this is only the beginning of the fight towards equal rights.
Michala White is a senior majoring in professional writing and minoring in public relations. When she’s not watching trash tv, you can find her journaling, making Spotify playlists or eating. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @michaaala.
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