By Darby VanHoutan
A Powerful Essay by Solange Knowles
This past Sunday, activist, singer, and all around badass Solange Knowles published an essay on her website Saint Heron. Overall, the essay addressed the lack of comfort and acceptance of black families in predominantly “white spaces” and damn, it’s spot on. Although there are countless experiences that back up the fire-fueled sentences that Knowles writes, the essay was triggered by an experience her and her family had at the Kraftwerk concert in New Orleans, Louisiana this past weekend. Before the essay, Knowles documented the racism around her family at the concert with live tweets that she later removed.
One of these tweets was “I’m just going to share my experience … So that maybe someone will understand why many of us don’t feel safe … in many white spaces”. Documenting is exactly what the singer does. She explains how out of my altercations, a group of four white women threw food at Knowles, her 11-year old son, and her husband.
The essay is titled “And Do You Belong? I Do”.
WTF Is a Deplorable
This weekend, a presidential candidate made a comment that delivered a low-blow to the supporters of the opposite candidate. I know what you’re thinking….Donald Trump please stop being racist and homophobic! PLEASE JUST TAKE ONE WEEKEND OFF. However, it was Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton that grouped together Trump supporters this weekend instead of the more common derogatory name-calling used be Republican nominee Donald Trump.
At the LGBT for Hillary Gala in New York City on Friday September 9, Clinton made the following statement: “You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Drumpf’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic — you name it.” Then the world stopped. News outlets, Trump supporters, and that blonde woman that screams about things on facebook were all up in arms.
When I heard the news, I firstly had to look up what ‘deplorable’ meant. (BTW the definition is: causing or being a subject for censure, reproach, or disapproval; wretched; very bad). I then sat back and thought, okay that’s a super cool word and I think I’m going to use it more often. After getting over my new found favorite word I went on to digest what Clinton had said.
Clinton has since issued a statement saying that she was probably too “grossly generalistic”. This apology for generalizing a group of supporters into a negative cluster is something that the Republican nominee himself has yet to do.
A Wedding to Make You Feel Aca-Single
I’m delivering you this news assuming that you are as basic as me and have seen and are passionate about the Pitch Perfect movies. Hoping that you are and moving on, let me tell you…two of the main characters just got hitched IRL.
Anna Camp (AKA the leader of the female a cappella group in the first movie that vomits all over everyone) and Skylar Astin (AKA the cute boy who’s the love interest of Anna Kendrick) got married this past Saturday and my heart completely disintegrated. Camp’s dress was strapless and designed by Reem Acra. She then gave everyone around the world a new reason to love her by changing into a life-changing, short, feather dress and gold sneakers. Multiple Pitch Perfect costars were in attendance Elizabeth Banks, Rebel Wilson, and Brittany Snow. The crew documented the entire thing via Instagram and the photographs are wholeheartedly worth seeing.