Arts + Culture

Luvvie Ajayi, Opal Tometi and More, Recognized In Essence's 'Woke 100 Women' Issue

Essence Magazine releases its inaugural 'Woke 100 Women' issue featuring Luvvie Ajayi, #BlackLivesMatter co-founder Opal Tometi, Shonda Rhimes and more.

The phrase "stay woke" like "on fleek" and "yolo" is well on its way to being inducted into the Overkill Hall of Fame. But for now "woke" still has some currency in today's climate of heightened online awareness.

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In the Movement for Black Lives, Do African Lives Matter?

For many first generation Americans, 'Black Lives Matter' has spurred reflection on their relationship to black American identity.

In the wake of George Zimmerman’s 2013 acquittal of his murder of Trayvon Martin, Opal Tometi was scrolling through Facebook, posting links about the story, and attempting to manage her emotions. “I was thinking about [my fourteen year-old brother],” Tometi says, “and how this would become one of the key stories he would grow up with.”

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Clockwise: Honorees Wangechi Mutu, Congresswoman Karen Bass, Gerald Lenoir and BAJI executive director and Black Lives Matter co-founder Opal Tometi. Photos courtesy of BAJI.

Black Alliance For Just Immigration Celebrates 10 Years Of Advocating For Immigration Rights

BAJI commemorates 10 years of just immigration work for black migrants this Saturday.

The Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) is hosting the 10-year celebration of their continued fight for immigration justice this Saturday. Black Lives Matter co-founder and BAJI executive director, Opal Tometi, will be joined by host Gina Belafonte to recognize five honorees for their transformative work.

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