Meredith Granmayeh, Chapman University
In an increasingly online world, the line between enthusiasm and obsession in fan communities has become blurred.
Brandon Li, Vassar College
The mixed martial arts champion has received backlash for personal and political attacks on other athletes, but some argue that his statements are excusable as a marketing tactic.
Drew Goretzka, Michigan State University
From anti-lockdown protests to #EndSARS, the unique circumstances that the pandemic provided has been the cherry on top for many movements.
Alexa Katherine Will, University of Pittsburgh
As the usage of older apps is outpaced by that of their newer counterparts, young social media users are trying to forgo coveted aesthetics in favor of bringing about change.
Tanisha Bhat, Boston University
Disney’s latest nonwhite casting choices for both Tinkerbell and ‘Little Mermaid’ could set an example for others in the film industry, which has long struggled with inclusivity.
Mitchell Tanaka, Chapman University
Recent uproar against the controversial jewelry line reveals a world of merchandise that misrepresents the movement.
Starr Shapiro, Columbia University
This Instagram account has everything you need to know about current politics and social justice issues.
Farah Javed, CUNY Baruch College
The previously unassailable creator of ‘Hamilton’ is starting to receive some backlash, both political and personal.
Chase Cutarelli, Columbia University
The symbol is garnering a racist and hateful history, but that isn’t stopping many people, and even schools, from proudly displaying it.
Renee Cantor, University of Pittsburgh
Sibling acts like the Jackson 5, the Jonas Brothers, HAIM and the Bee Gees need to make room because there’s a new and ferocious sister duo that’s here to stay.
Abigail Campos, University of Texas at San Antonio
From ‘Hunger Games’ to ‘Maze Runner,’ movies and books about fighting oppressive governments may play a part in spurring young people to action.
Ailun Shi, UC Berkeley
From black squares to grayscale selfies accompanied with #ChallengeAccepted, Instagram activism is turning more and more into a bandwagon for people to jump on. Is it harming the original movements?
Emma Smith, Wesleyan University
Even though I became obsessed with the theatrical masterpiece four years after everyone else, there are some upsides to experiencing the musical in 2020.
Katie Klear, Columbia College Chicago
They may be operating differently in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, but they’re still providing many benefits to local communities.
Yasmeen Ludy, University of Michigan
Will the real Lady A please stand up? Lady Antebellum renamed themselves to shed racist connotations, but didn’t realize their chosen moniker was taken.
Abigail Adeleke, University of Miami
Now more than ever, people are calling on brands to step up. The culture magazine took another step in the right direction by having Dario Calmese shoot their cover.
Jackie Sizing, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Why isn’t the content creator being held to the same standards as everyone else on the platform?
Emily Jewett, University of San Diego
The YouTuber’s untimely death opens conversations on racial disparities in health care, especially as it relates to maternal mortality.
TV programs about law enforcement ultimately function as propaganda that hides the ugly truths of American policing and justice
The Capital Hill Occupied Protest has been a recent source of controversy, but one college student’s experiences paint a picture of peace and community.
Madelyn Haasken, Bemidji State University
Using beautiful melodies, catchy beats and lyrics that stick with you, this music reflects the struggles of these tumultuous times.
The character from author Jeff Kinney’s work has attracted many eyes onto Black Lives Matter, but is it merely trivializing the movement?
The company’s powerful statement and meaningful actions in support of the Black Lives Matter movement stand out. Other companies should take note.
Eva Halvax, University of Arizona
Our current climate crisis is intertwined with white supremacy and colonialism, and any movement to save the planet must take that into account.
Tess McGrinder, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
While citizens press for defunding, reallocating and reforming police forces internationally, leaders across the globe are being looked at to take action.
Juliana Fujii, Biola University
Replacing the CEO with a Black executive isn’t enough to establish long-term inclusivity. There is still work to do in the name of transformative action.
Gabrielle Pascal, Hofstra University
They are often essential community institutions, and their continued survival during the pandemic is now more important than ever.
Aubrey Doerr, Chapman University
The number of petitions that have been circulating among millions of Americans over the past few weeks has made a significant impact on the passage of new legislation.
Katherine Brand, University of Michigan
From underwear to makeup to clothing to candles, these five companies offer year-round shopping opportunities that support the queer community.
The Capitol Hill Occupied Protest came about after demonstrators successfully evicted the police from the neighborhood. Now, the city is pushing to dismantle it.
In this memoir, the comedian uses his personal experiences in South Africa and the U.S. to outline the fundamental irrationality behind racism — and why it continues to flourish.
Reem Farhat, Fordham University
Here’s a starting point for educating yourself about the history and effects of racial inequality in the United States.
From breaking down barriers in the jewelry industry to crafting candles named after famous pop culture witches, these LGBTQ+ brands are worth buying from.
Caleb Mullenneaux, St. Olaf College
The BLM movement is confronting racism in American athletic leagues, but little is being done to change the roots of these organizations.
Srishti Tyagi, Cornell University
The Black Lives Matter movement contextualizes and highlights the botched themes of the sequel to the beloved ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender.’
Keep your feed filled with content about the Black Lives Matter movement, and see the impact and value of Black creators.
With studies showing education and mental health intervention yield lower crime rates, is funneling funds into law enforcement really a good idea?
Imani Benberry, Columbia University
The white singer’s racially coded complaints about the success of several black female artists perpetuate a harmful dichotomy between white femininity and black female aggression.
Many brands are posting in support of Black Lives Matter, while hiding their own racist practices.
It may seem like the only meaningful action right now is to hit the street, but there are plenty of other options to support the movement, even if you don’t have any money.
Amidst recent injustices and unrest, Instagram illustrators are using their works to support activists and to call attention to Black victims of racist violence.
When talking to your family about race, it’s important to realize it’s not enough to be ‘non-racist.’ You must be an active ally to the black community.
Audrey Martin, Boston University
Can shows about the police foster discussion, or do even well-intentioned cop shows ultimately provide ideological cover for police violence?
McKenna Uzelac, Columbia University
As June begins and protests over racial injustice continue, it’s important to make space for queer black literature.
As demonstrations in response to George Floyd’s death continue globally, entertainers are participating in the movement by donating and marching.
In light of nationwide protest against systemic racism, this Pride Month should center the nonwhite and non-cisgender people that kicked off the fight for queer liberation.
Danielle Kuzel, Florida State University
The movie isn’t just a musical. It tells a story of injustice and revolt that parallels our modern political climate.
Fans of Korean idols and idol groups are organizing around the world to crash alt-right Twitter hashtags and boost black activism on YouTube.
Your online presence is an important tool for demonstrating support for black voices.
Published in 2017, Paul Butler’s book equips supporters of Black Lives Matter with one more important resource to curb racism in law enforcement.
Sara Perkins, University of Indianapolis
Maybe we aren’t as progressive as we think.
Ayanna Totten, East Stroudsburg University
There’s a lot more to the infamous shooting than you know.
Lexi Anderson, Pratt Institute
Slacktivist, he is not.
Ellyot Chen, Pasadena City College
Being stopped by a police officer is definitely not a great way to end the day, especially if it’s just for broken taillights.
Samantha Jorgens, Central Michigan University
‘Grey’s Anatomy’ has been including many plot points about important social issues that are often underrepresented on TV shows.
Erin Alexander, Middle Tennessee State University
When cops searched two men outside of Gentile Arena, Loyola student Alan Campbell criticized the force being used and was then taken into custody himself.
Rebecca Crosby, American University
A small school in Vermont raised a Black Lives Matter flag for the Black History Month, sending a message that the rest of the country should follow.
Grace John, Rutgers University
While Black Lives Matter protestors are demonized by society, Philadelphia residents were praised for their destructive victory celebrations.
Onaje McDowelle, University of Texas at Austin
No, this isn’t a new Sherlock Holmes novel. Officer Pinheiro of the Baltimore Police Department has been indicted for planting evidence at a crime scene.
Kelly Lambkin, SUNY Cortland
Struggling to find the perfect political commentary? Piker has your daily dose of news and politics while serving up looks you can’t resist.
Miguel Robles, University of Colorado Denver
Politically active athletes have a long line of history of not remaining silent, and Colin Kaepernick is no exception.
Aliyah Thomas, Mount Saint Mary College
Despite its attempts at good will and inclusion, Black Lives Matter continues to center a national narrative of violence propagation.
With both overt and subtle references to the contemporary politics of black life, Luke Cage brings some much-needed representation to the superhero spectrum.
Zephanie Battle, Texas State University
Because it’s time to take action.
Andrew Mikula, Bates College
When it comes to making real change, reflexive, punitive measures are rarely the answer.
Katie Hovan, University of Miami
Do graphic videos help or harm?
Tim Philbin, College of the Holy Cross
With the shooting of white policemen in Dallas, the divisive potential of the BLM movement was put on display. Here’s why race antagonism is not the solution.
Daniel Enjamio, Santa Fe College
As Patrick Claybon puts it, the only thing that has changed is that there are more cameras.
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