Remember last month, I wrote an entire post about "AT&T's 28 Days History by Us: Black History Told By Those Making it"? (If you need a recap, check out my post HERE!) Well, it was a hit for me and let me explain why. For a whole month, yes, an entire month, I was able to view our own content creators such as Khadi Don (IN LOVE WITH HER!), Gabrielle Shepard, Denzel Dion, and Nefertite Nguvu to tell stories of people who have impacted theatre, literature, shoemaking, and activism. It was just pure #BlackMagic baby and I was there for it!
My favorite, like I mentioned in my last review, is Khadi Don's history of Aida Overton Walker's famous dance, followed by Philis Wheatley and how her amazing gift of writing poetry was a form of rebellion that was a catalyst in its time. These two stories resonated the most with me simply because I love to dance, especially in theatre, and writing poetry. They were all avenues at one point in my younger life as a tool for mental and emotional stability. Therefore, it's refreshing to see these same tools as tools for dynamic change in our history.
If giving us 28 days of fabulousness and #BlackMagic wasn't enough, AT&T hosted a History by Us event in LA with Yara Shahidi and Anthony Anderson. The purpose of the event was to discuss and celebrate the 10th anniversary of their 28 Days - History by Us initiative combined with a lot of live performances by our favorite artists. Like really? Talk about strawberry on top of the Sundae, they just know how to empower a people and push us to be our better selves on a daily.
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I'm never usually this excited for Black History month to be honest because it's always the same. People constantly launching these slavery movies, discussing why blackface is offensive, and why people, who aren't People of Color, cannot appropriate what we consider our culture and just get away Scott-free. This Black History I took it a step further in my own walk by engaging in conversations that propelled social talks and activism and how we can change our future by working in close relationship with our youth to create a better environment for those coming after us, especially after Black Panther broke the box office for a full month. I also landed a campaign with Smooth N Shine, who wholeheartedly allowed me to be myself, my authentic curly locs, vibrant, big smile self with judgment. This feeling of working with a brand that allowed me to bring my personality to the forefront of our collaboration reminded me that we have come far as a people, but we still have ways to go. So to say this was a bomb Black History this year, to say the least, would be an understatement.