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Celebrities And Activists Speak Out Against Trump's Muslim Ban

Several celebrities and activists took to social media this weekend to denounce Trump's unconstitutional and discriminatory Muslim ban.

Over the weekend, demonstrators took to airports across the country to protest Trump’s executive order to ban refugees and international travelers from several predominantly Muslim countries—specifically Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Yemen and Somalia—from entering the United States. Several travelers arriving from these countries were barred passage and detained in airports for hours, while other green-card holders who had travelled outside of the United States were prohibited from boarding their return flights.


As crowds gathered, a number of celebrities took to social media to condemn Trump's actions.

Rihanna kept it very real with this tweet about the man currently in charge of running the country:

 

Somali-American Representative, Ilhan Omar shared her reactions to the ban via CNN:

 

Questlove shared this photo on his Instagram:

History Has Its Eyes On You. Know what is right. Know what is wrong.

A photo posted by Questlove Gomez (@questlove) on

 

Dave Chapelle shared these words at an Anti-Trump rally in Dayton, Ohio:

 

Mahershala Ali took home an award for "Best Supporting Role" at last night's SAG awards and used his acceptance speech as an opportunity to speak out against Islamophobia.

 

British-Somali Olympic medalist, Mo Farah, shared this Facebook post about the personal affects of the ban on him and his family.

With the Muslim ban, Trumps fallacious, anti-Muslim rhetoric has been actualized. As he continues to utilize his platform, aka his Twitter page, to disseminate alternative facts and clear-cut hate, it is important that celebrities, and others with the ability to engage large audiences, use theirs to do the very opposite.

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In Conversation with Candice Chirwa: 'Menstruation is More than Just Bleeding for Seven Days.'

South African activist Candice Chirwa, the 'Minister of Menstruation', speaks to us about what a period-positive world looks like, the challenges menstruators face even in 2020 and her important advocacy work with QRATE.

It's 2020, and naturally, tremendous advancements have been made across various spheres of society. From the prospect of self-driving cars and drones delivering medicines to rural areas to comparatively progressive politics and historic "firsts" for many disenfranchised groups, we've certainly come a long way. However, in the midst of all that progress, there is still one issue which continues to lag behind considerably and consistently, particularly in less developed countries: menstruation.

Candice Chirwa is a young Black woman on a mission to fiercely change the disempowering narratives and taboos that still shroud the issue of menstruation. The 24-year-old South African activist, who is endearingly known as the "Minister of Menstruation" on social media, wants young girls and women to not only accept but embrace their bodies fully in a society that insists on speaking in hushed tones about a perfectly normal biological process. Both Chirwa's research and advocacy work with the UN and her award-winning NGO, QRATE, has focused on dispelling common myths about menstruating, removing the shame and stigma around it and giving menstruators the knowledge and tools they need to navigate their world through impactful workshops.

And when Chirwa isn't collaborating with Lil-Lets, one of the biggest sanitary product brands on the continent, or co-authoring a bad-ass book titled Perils of Patriarchy, she's dominating the TEDx stage and making sure that her audience, no matter how diverse or varied, leaves the room feeling comfortable and courageous enough to boldly shout the word "vagina".

We caught up with Chirwa to discuss what initially compelled her to become a "period-positive" activist, her continued advocacy work with QRATE and what kind of world she imagines for menstruators.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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