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Gigi Hadid Says She’s Kept Pregnancy Low Key Because the BLM and Covid are More Important

During her first official baby bump reveal this week, model GiGi Hadid said that she’s kept her pregnancy private because it is”not the most important thing going on in the world” among topics like the coronavirus and subsequently the Black Lives Movement.

[Editor’s note: it was quite a revealing share becuase back in April, we blogged about how the general public had become less interestED in celebrity news because the Covid-19 pandemic]

In an Instagram Live share on Wednesday, July 15th, the first-time mom-to-be replied to fans who wanted to know why she had not discussed or posted about her pregnancy before.

“That’s a reason that I felt that it’s not really something that I need to share apart from with my family and friends. Obviously a lot of people have lost lives due to [the] coronavirus that was in the beginning of quarantine and still happening,” Gigi said in the video. “And then we moved obviously into the reemergence of the BLM [Black Lives Matter] movement, and I thought that our presence on social media should be used for that.”

By the end of the brief but very transparent video share, Hadid opened up and lifted the top of her Holiday the Label pajama top to reveal her baby bump. [by the way the $245 PJs are sold out!]

“There’s my belly y’all,”  she commented in response to some fans who earlier accused her during a Live Instagram with V-Magazine  that she was hiding her pregnancy with her flowing tops.

“Like it’s there, it’s just from the front it’s different,” she laughed.

The model also used the occasion of her first reveal this week to plug her ‘Gigi Journal Part II’ which features 32 exclusive pieces of art and writing from around the world that Hadid handpicked from over 20,000 submissions. The selected works make up the visual and written pieces inside, though Hadid painted the Journal’s cover art printed in two special types of ink—solar-activated and glow-in-the-dark.

 

“The 64-page, limited-edition hardbound book channels a multitude of current issues—including but not limited to global public health crises and black Americans’ ongoing struggle for equality,” the sales page on V-magazine reads about the $55 journal. “V hopes that the Journal’s diverse content, from creative writing to miniature sculpture to protest art, will not only encapsulate our current moment, but also help to initiate change. With Gigi as Guest Editor and Creative Director, this breakthrough special edition is a labor of love and a true keepsake.”

A percentage of proceeds to be split among four organizations: Black Lives Matter, the NAACP, the ACLU, and Campaign Zero. Hadid will match the proceeds with a personal donation.

 

She ended the video by revealing that she has been journaling about the pregnancy, taking photos and plans to share the journey later with her fans.

“I just am not rushed to do it, and I feel like right now I just want to experience it, and I write in my journal a lot,” she said. “and I just don’t want to worry about waking up everyday during my pregnancy and like worry about having to like look cute or post something.”

Hadid’s mom Yolanda Hadid revealed during an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon  in April that she is expecting a granddaughter and that her daughter’s due date is in September, adding that the “silver lining” of the coronavirus is that she and her loved ones are “able to be home and be together and really experience it day by day.”

YOU CAN’T GET GIGI’S PJ’s THAT ARE SOLD OUT BUT CHECK OUT THESE OTHERS:

Be Intentional With BLM Messaging

I love that these brands are featuring black creators like Etsy (above) and Blogher (below).

Here is more things that you can do:

I also excerpt Sophia Clarke’s opinion piece for BlogHere here where she implores all those out there taking actions to be more intentional especially after the whole Black Square campaign launched a couple of weeks ago.

On the individual level, the Black Square does nothing.

It does not absolve you of your ignorance, inaction, or the racism within. It does not forgive the time you yelled the N-word as you sang a song, or fetishized a Black person, or called the cops because you saw someone “suspicious.” It doesn’t elevate Black voices, brands, or the Black Lives Matter movement. It’s a poor attempt to show that you’re “not racist” while doing the bare-minimum. It’s not really for anyone but your followers – it’s entirely performative. An empty, thoughtless, post. It’s the digital equivalent to a shoulder shrug – a half-hearted yes. It is like the presence of someone at a party who doesn’t want to be…

..The Black Lives Matter movement isn’t a trend. It is not a peplum top or a fun new bar or food in foam form. For Black lives to continue to matter, for Black life, joy, and prosperity to be centered, the movement must continue. Social media is powerful. So is whiteness. And to not use these forces to do something actionable within your network – anything – is peak privilege in action.

The Black Square posts do not show solidarity, but rather just a thinly veiled performance. An attempt at activism. A toe dipped into a churning sea of constant movement. Performative activism stems from not wanting to be called out for silence, but why resign oneself to this possibility when there are so simple ways to do actually do something? It can be simple as having a conversation with yourself as to why you’re afraid to declare yourself an anti-racist. That’s a great place to start.

Mainstream news has done a poor job at accurately portraying what’s happening on the ground.

Protests have been largely peaceful, and social media has been essential for disseminating the latest facts, actions to take, and updates. It’s been an incredible tool for fostering collective action. But beyond the facts, there has been a reckoning for white people online and how to understand the privilege that whiteness holds.

Doing your part, and using this privilege isn’t just cool this week – it’s essential always. It’s a commitment to justice, and there’s so much work to do. Jump in – the water is fine and history will remember you well.

At the time of publication, no arrests have been made for the murder of Breonna Taylor in her own home.

[June th] would have been her 27th birthday.

Here’s a petition to sign to ensure justice and share your action on social media using the hashtag #SayHerName. Measurable actions have worked, and will continue to work, as long as we keep speaking up, sharing the facts, and holding each-other accountable on, and offline.

We deserve better. Let’s quit the B.S.

Agreed!

 

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SAY HER NAME. ? In honor of Breonna Taylor’s 27th birthday, these influencers, including #BlogHer Alum @colormecourtney, @tyalexander, and @gabifresh, are calling for justice to be served. ⁣ ⁣ Demand #JusticeForBreonnaTaylor. #BlackLivesMatter includes Black women and Black LGBTQ+ lives, too. ⁣ ⁣ Swipe for ways you can request action, put together by @shemedia partner @xonecole.⁣ ⁣ Influencers in Slide One:⁣ @essiegolden @curvenvy @glamazondiaries @amarachiukachu @tyalexander @colormecourtney @chardlinechanel @addieohh @stylishcurves @ontheqtrain @kurvykatie @lexiwiththecurls @iambeauticurve @simplygailg @styleandpoise @dressupwithjess⁣ Influencers in Slide Two:⁣ @gabifresh @kellyaugustineb @chanteburkett @alana_reina @simplycurvee @opalbyopal @audreypatriciaw @stylenbeautydoc @monroesteele @blairimani @fromheadtocurve @enigivensunday

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MLK Day: Cities With Most Racial Inequity Progress



With Martin Luther King Jr. Day around the corner and 58 percent of Americans saying race relations are “generally bad,” the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2020’s States with the Most Racial Progress as well as accompanying videos.

To measure America’s progress in harmonizing racial groups, WalletHub measured the gaps between blacks and whites across 21 key indicators of equality and integration in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The data set ranges from median annual income to standardized-test scores to voter turnout.

This report examines the differences between only blacks and whites in light of the high-profile police-brutality incidents that sparked the Black Lives Matter movement.

Most Racially Integrated States States with the Most Racial Progress
1. New Mexico 1. Wyoming
2. Hawaii 2. Texas
3. Wyoming 3. Mississippi
4. Texas 4. Georgia
5. West Virginia 5. New Jersey
6. Arizona 6. New Mexico
7. Kentucky 7. Florida
8. Montana 8. North Carolina
9. Maryland 9. South Carolina
10. Colorado 10. Idaho



Key Stats

  • The District of Columbia has the lowest gap in homeownership rates between whites and blacks, at 12.82 percent. Connecticut has made the most progress in closing this gap since 1970, with a change of 8.81 percent.
  • Hawaii has the lowest gap in median annual household incomes between whites and blacks, at 10.54 percent. Wyoming has made the most progress in closing this gap since 1979, with a change of 32.18 percent.
  • Vermont has the lowest gap in unemployment rates between whites and blacks, at 0.18 percent. North Dakota has made the most progress in closing this gap since 1970, with a change of 10.01 percent.
  • Hawaii has the lowest gap in poverty rates between whites and blacks, at 1.49 percent. Mississippi has made the most progress in closing this gap since 1970, with a change of 25.45 percent.
  • Vermont has the lowest gap in the share of adults 25 years and over with at least a bachelor’s degree between whites and blacks, at 1.25 percent.  Idaho has made the most progress in closing this gap since 1970, with a change of 4.82 percent.

To view the full report and your state or the District’s rank, please visit:

https://wallethub.com/edu/states-with-the-most-and-least-racial-progress/18428/

Kim Kardashian-West Pens an Emotional #BlackLivesMatter Blog Post

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Yesterday, while I was scoping out the social media feeds of the celeb moms I post about here on the blog, I noticed that a lot of people were asking Kim Kardashian West to do more than RT others’ messages. Well, she finally did.

The biz mogul and reality TV star penned an emotional message on her personal blog.

“This week we watched Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, two innocent black men, get senselessly murdered by police officers,” she opened. “Like a lot of you guys, I watched the videos, and was appalled and completely heartbroken. I was left speechless, angry and numb.”

Kardashian West is mom to two bi-racial children: 3-year old daughter, North and 7-months old son, Saint and she relayed how the shootings made her feel about her own children.

“I want my children to grow up knowing that their lives matter. I do not ever want to have to teach my son to be scared of the police, or tell him that he has to watch his back because the people we are told to trust – the people who ‘protect and serve’ – may not be protecting and serving him because of the color of his skin.”

She addressed the police killings and anger against officer too.

“The last thing we need is to fuel anger with more hate or violence, especially toward the many incredible police officers who risk their lives every single day to protect our families and communities,” she wrote. “We must peacefully use the power of our voices and the strength of our numbers to demand changes in the judicial system so that brutality doesn’t ever go unpunished.”

She concluded with a call to action.

“It is our responsibility as Americans and as parents to create a safe future for our children,” she wrote. “We must do something NOW. We must speak up until we are heard and real, effective changes are made.”

And she listed the names of some of the recent victims.

Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray, Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland, Sean Bell … and unfortunately so many more.”

She used her major influence people to  contact their local legislators. She shared links to the Black Lives Matter movement’s site and donation websites to support Sterling and Castile’s families.

“Hashtags are not enough,” she wrote. “This must end now.

 

#PhilandoCastile and #AltonSterling: Celeb Moms Who’ve Spoken Out About Killings

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Tonight, we’ve reached a tipping point in America as several Dallas police officers were killed during a rally to protest recent police shootings. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of those men and women who put their lives at risk daily to protect and serve.

Here is a rundown of what sparked the rally followed by solidarity messages from celeb women we’ve featured on the blog:

Within 48 hours, two black men in “concealed weapon license to carry” states exercising their rights to have guns in their pockets were nonetheless shot and killed by police officers. Both killings, one execution style and the other in front of a 4-year old child during a routine traffic stop, has sparked outrage.

Alton Sterling was selling CDs outside of a grocery store in a high crime neighborhood and exercising his Second Amendment rights as an American, carried a weapon to protect himself. Someone reported to the police that Sterling had it out waving at people and after scuffle with the officers who arrived at the scene and eventually took Sterling down, another took out his revolver and emptied a couple of rounds into Sterling’s body before falling off the man’s chest and shooting a few more shots. The store owner and another eyewitness filmed the shootings on their smartphones and circulated it on social media. The outrage has been swift.

That same night, another man, Philando Castile, was driving with his girlfriend Diamond Reynolds and her 4-year old daughter in the backseat when he was pulled over for a busted tail light. Diamond turned on her Facebook Live and shared the incident as it happened with her followers on the social media site. The world was witness to the moments immediately after one officer shot him as he reached into his pocket to pull out his driver’s license as asked to do so by the officer, per Reynold’s account. The officer can be overheard on the video saying “ignorance”.

As with other past police killings of unarmed black men and boys, many parents have been shaken by the incident especially parents of young black boys. In social media, many have expressed fear that when their children grow up, they will be seen as menacing threats simply for being in the skin they were born in and could be the next hashtag.

I know personally, I’ve talked to my kids again as my husband and I do periodically throughout their lives to make sure they are aware what they need to do to escape a possible police encounter alive. My father in law is a retired veteran police detective and my husband’s uncle was a police officer. We fear for the lives of blue and believe Blue Lives Matter as well, but at the same time, we are frightened by the pattern of brutality among some officers.

To Kiyan ? #philandocastile #altonsterling ??

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We checked in on several of the celeb moms we’ve profiled on the blog before and noticed that some of them spoke out about the shootings in social media. 

Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Kristen Bell, Olivia Wilde, Kelly Clarkson, Kelly Rowland,  Tamera Mowry-Housley, Tia Mowry, Jenna Dewan Tatum, Tamar Braxton, Ellen Pompeo, busy Philipps,Eva Marcille, Phaedra Parks, Rasheeda, Yandy Smith,Toni Braxton, FAntasia, Brandy all shared posts and Kim Kardashian West and Vanessa Simmons rt’d others.

Here is a roundup of their shares, excluding Monica Brown’s who posted an excerpt of Reynold’s graphic video:

Click the link in my bio to go to Beyonce.com. Turn our anger into action. A photo posted by Beyoncé (@beyonce) on

 

Praying for a more peaceful world for our children and our children’s children. ?? A photo posted by Kourtney Kardashian (@kourtneykardash) on

 

My heart is heavy Illustration by- @nichollekobi

A photo posted by tiamowry (@tiamowry) on

We can’t be silent… I don’t care what you call me… I won’t be silent

A photo posted by Ellen Pompeo (@ellenpompeo) on

ENOUGH already!!!! When does this nightmare end? #philandocastile #BlackLivesMatter #PoliceBrutality A photo posted by PHAEDRA (@phaedraparks) on

 

NO. I DONT WANT TO WATCH. I WANT IT TO STOP.

A photo posted by Busy Philipps (@busyphilipps) on

OUR Fathers. OUR Brothers. OUR Sons. When will this end? I am heartbroken.

A photo posted by Fantasia? (@tasiasword) on

#live

A video posted by Nia Long (@iamnialong) on

 

Praying for a more peaceful world for our children and our children’s children. ??

A photo posted by Kourtney Kardashian (@kourtneykardash) on

A photo posted by Alicia Keys (@aliciakeys) on

Stand up, speak up. Stop Killing Us!!!! #blacklivesmatter

A photo posted by Eva Marcille (@evamarcille) on

#blacklivesmatter

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#altonsterling I am just heartbroken today for his family. We need change. ?

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#philandocastile A photo posted by Rasheeda (@rasheedadabosschick) on

And this is our reality…… A photo posted by Rasheeda (@rasheedadabosschick) on

#ENOUGH ?????? #altonsterling??

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So I was advise to take my last two post down and edit my comment to protect my family that is behind the cement walls. I will not take my post down but I will edit my comment. Let’s stick together people. Rise above together. ✊? #Repost @tamikadmallory with @repostapp ・・・ #Repost @angelo_pinto_ ・・・ “I just want to thank them for being here, for teaching me to focus on comprehension over career, and that they made sure I learned what the schools were AFRAID to teach us.” – Jessie Williams (2016 BET Awards Humanitarian Award Speech) #woke #independenceday #altonsterling #blacklivesmatter #policebrutality #spilledink #axwell #meditation #skrillex #afrojack #tiesto #davidguetta #asap #blvck #beentrill #muse #ootd #jamaica #PerformanceArt #hypebeast #rastafari #unity #rasta #wutang #philly #afropunk #philadelphia

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