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September 2013
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Kerry Washington, Solange Knowles, Nicki Minaj and Shonda Rhimes are examples of famous Black women who speak out from time to time and it’s great. It is not that celebrity validation of feminism, anti-racism, LGBTQ community etc. is needed for these critical theories, sociopolitics and experiences to be valid. Not at all. But when people use their platforms to bring forth awareness/to educate or just to show their humanly outrage, as fame tends to disconnect them from the masses, I think it is great. Some of my favorite moments from them on particular topics are listed below:
Kerry Washington: affirmative action, using education for your craft, acknowledging race, creating a path and self-esteem
Solange Knowles: cultural appropriation, racial justice and anti-violence (Trayvon),  music industry’s sexism, racism and natural hair, privilege and music writers
Nicki Minaj: music industry’s sexism, racial justice and anti-violence (Trayvon), White supremacy, media and perception of Black people, industry sexism/misogynoir, gender fluidity and womanism
Shonda Rhimes: diversity in television, LGBTQ inclusiveness
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Kerry Washington, Solange Knowles, Nicki Minaj and Shonda Rhimes are examples of famous Black women who speak out from time to time and it’s great. It is not that celebrity validation of feminism, anti-racism, LGBTQ community etc. is needed for these critical theories, sociopolitics and experiences to be valid. Not at all. But when people use their platforms to bring forth awareness/to educate or just to show their humanly outrage, as fame tends to disconnect them from the masses, I think it is great. Some of my favorite moments from them on particular topics are listed below:

Kerry Washington: affirmative action, using education for your craft, acknowledging race, creating a path and self-esteem

Solange Knowles: cultural appropriation, racial justice and anti-violence (Trayvon),  music industry’s sexism, racism and natural hair, privilege and music writers

Nicki Minaj: music industry’s sexism, racial justice and anti-violence (Trayvon), White supremacy, media and perception of Black people, industry sexism/misogynoir, gender fluidity and womanism

Shonda Rhimes: diversity in television, LGBTQ inclusiveness

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