In a series of tweets on June 5, Gerry Conway, co-creator of the comics character the Punicher, outlined his plans to “reclaim the Punisher skull” and benefit Black Lives Matter in the process.
In a series of tweets on June 5, Gerry Conway, co-creator of the comics character the Punicher, outlined his plans to “reclaim the Punisher skull” and benefit Black Lives Matter in the process.
There’s no question about it: We’re living in unprecedented times, and change is (finally) happening on all fronts — locally, nationally, and globally. This season, Unbothered and Target are proud to partner on a platform to keep that momentum going by sharing the stories of Black women who are reclaiming joy, defying stereotypes, and proving that summer is definitively not canceled. Feelings about summer right now are complicated — and rightly so. It’s a season that’s typically marked by carefree joy and ease, but for Black women around the world, this time is layered with grief from seeing the community struck hardest by the pandemic, deep-rooted anger at gross social injustices done at the hands of those who are meant to protect and serve, and utter frustration following decades of fighting to be heard. During this period of uncertainty, Black photographers across the U.S. are turning to their art to not only document the current state of affairs, but also to capture what summer looks like to them, and in doing so, ultimately — and unapologetically — express how they’re feeling in the moment. For some, that means turning the lens on themselves, resulting in a series of stunning self-portraitures that reveal self-reflection, peace, and growth amid chaos. For others, it means taking photos of the family and friends with whom they’ve been in isolation as a way to celebrate the strength, power, and beauty of being a Black woman. Ahead, scroll through to see how five creatives have funneled their feelings into beautiful pieces of work.Da’Shaunae Marisa is a photographer based in Cleveland, OH, who photographed herself and her friend Ariona. How I’m coping lately: “This pandemic allowed me to give all of my attention to my mother before she passed away from cancer in May. I was able to stay home and laugh, cook, and watch films with her. The death of a loved one is a heavy feeling to face, but instead of falling into depression, I’m choosing to look at this experience with understanding and acceptance. I’ve been taking this time to establish self-care routines — yoga, rollerblading, walks, drawing — that keep my mind and body uplifted.”I’m keeping my summer traditions alive by…: “Planning to get outside as much as I can. Summers are typically busy, filled with lots of photo shoots and nights out with friends. This summer, I plan to find a new trail to bike, attend a drive-in theater, and build a new bike, which has been a childhood goal of mine.” My personal style is…: ”A mix of my mother’s style — classy, feminine, with neutral tones — and my unique style, which is relaxed and dorky but cute. I feel like myself when I wear a pair of funky socks and a loose T-shirt, and I like to wear a lot of gold jewelry — gold makes me feel like a queen. My creative process: “Creating is such a stress reliever for me as an artist. Photography is my true passion, so I’m taking any chance I get to document the world around me. I photograph moments that inspire my soul. The people I choose to photograph are the ones I feel I connect with the most, like a mother walking with her son might remind me of my childhood or reading someone’s personal experience on their face will inspire me to take a portrait.” What I hope we learn from this experience: “That everyone learns and appreciates themselves. I hope people figure out and focus on what is truly important in their lives. I believe the creations that come after will be more authentic to one’s self.” I’m reclaiming joy by…: “Surrounding myself with the people that make me happy and truly matter in my life. I’m choosing to do what’s essential for my health and happiness, like foraging herbs to connect with nature and listening to uplifting music. I’m reminding myself every day that I’m here to do great things, so it brings me joy to be able to create and inspire others.”What my photos capture: “That it’s okay to feel beautiful, it’s okay to love yourself, it’s okay to have fun and treat yourself, and it’s okay to cut out toxic people. We all deserve to be happy, so don’t feel bad to do what you want for yourself. That’s how I felt while taking my self-portraits: to be 100% myself at all times. I also wanted to capture Ariona, who is my sister from another mother and mister — we have done a bunch of fun projects together so I loved including her in the creative mix. Outside of photography, she has been a great support for me during this crazy time and I am so appreciative to have her in my life.” Flo Ngala is a photographer based in New York City who — with her sister’s help — photographed herself. How I’m coping lately: “With action. Doing my part and doing my job not only as a photographer, but also, first and foremost, as a Black woman. Being able to march and protest as well as share images of what NYC is feeling right now is how I’m coping. Being able to use my platform to share my thoughts and opinions is coping. Speaking up is coping.”I’m keeping my summer traditions alive by…: “Staying in touch with online communities. My summers are usually very social — I love being outside, surrounded by people — but I feel thankful for the community that’s been created digitally to allow us to listen, learn, and grow. It’s become especially crucial for those conversations to take place, and we’re seeing that no amount of social distancing can keep the Black community from coming together.”My personal style is…: “Quirky, bright, fly, chill. During quarantine, I’ve been wearing elevated home looks for store runs or walks. Head wraps are something that keeps me feeling like myself — they’re colorful, patterned, and super pretty.”My creative process: “I was always confident with using visuals to express myself creatively, but this time has allowed me to be more verbally creative. More time spent thinking and being introspective has given me a different grasp on my thoughts that I didn’t know I was capable of tapping into before.”What I hope we learn from this experience: “I hope we’ll all take away a sense of empathy and compassion. We’re all members of this world, and no one picked their color or where they were born — a lot of it is beyond our control. As far as creating, I feel like this has woken up all of us. If you’re a creative, you have a voice. Use it to speak up, and that fact will compel people to create differently.”I’m reclaiming joy by…: “Being myself.”What my photos capture: “Myself (with my sister’s help). I have continued to capture myself in the past because I matter. Black women representing themselves matters. I want to convey that happiness and joy that starts within you and your own skin. We’re seeing why it’s so important to take control of our own narratives and images.”Kennedi Carter is a photographer based in Durham, NC, who photographed herself and her family.How I’m coping lately: “I’ve been hanging out with my family way more than I usually do. Times are hard, but I’ve never felt so close to my family. It’s needed now, especially with the protests. Being able to take breaks from activism and finding solace in my loved ones has kept me grounded.”I’m keeping my summer traditions alive by…: “Sprucing up the backyard with garden lights, a hammock, and an umbrella. I even bought a kiddie pool for my god sisters. During summers, my family and I usually host cookouts, go swimming, or go to the beach, which we can’t do now.”My personal style is…: “Soft and femme. There are some days that I’ll force myself to wear something nice, just so I can feel a sense of normalcy in my life.”My creative process: “I’m usually constantly working and sacrificing so much because I have to, especially in an industry that’s very white and very male. I have to work twice as hard to even be noticed by photo editors. My life coming to a pause could be seen as a blessing in disguise — I’ve come to the realization that my productivity is not a reflection of my being. I want to be more intentional about the work I put out into the world. I’ve been doing a lot more self-portraits as well as photos of my family — social isolation has forced me to see the beauty in myself and in the people around me.”What I hope we learn from this experience: “I’m hoping we’ll create with passion and value, as though whatever we’re making might be the last thing we create. I’m hoping we all find healing, having gone through something as traumatic as a pandemic. Lastly, I’m hoping we’ll hold onto the love we saw shining during a dark time and spread it.”I’m reclaiming joy by…: “Imagemaking and storytelling. Sometimes the most revolutionary thing you can do is to use your imagination. It’s what helps me maintain hope.”What my photos capture: “My family in our backyard: my mother, my sister, and my two god sisters. There is so much power in seeing yourself represented. I want to communicate the beauty I see in my family, myself, and in Black women as a whole.”Amber Aisha is a photographer based in Los Angeles who photographed herself. How I’m coping lately: “In the first couple of months of isolation I took the time to learn new languages, watch foreign films, re-read favorite books, and make my new apartment feel homey. I feel blessed to have that pause on life, but just when I thought I was at peace, these heartbreaking videos emerged. Not only is the Black community dealing with the pandemic, but we’re dying from brutal acts of racism every day. How can we cope with that?”I’m keeping my summer traditions alive by…: “Listening to friends’ live DJ sets and enjoying summer nights. My summers usually have a lot more beach days, road trips, day parties, and traveling. I always equate summer to freedom.”My personal style is…: “Whatever mood I am in in the moment. I’m so eclectic.”My creative process: “I draw inspiration from being around my sisters, cooking dinners, open conversations, style — everything. My creative work is dedicated to Black women. Creating art through this pandemic has been a beautiful experience to me: I’ve enjoyed learning more about myself. I love being free to create what I want, and not what I’m told. I’ve done a ton of self-portrait series during lockdown. Will I share them? Probably not, because I’m realizing sometimes my art is just for me.” What I hope we learn from this experience: “I hope we all remember to just pause at times, to create more freely, to share the stories we want to tell, and have that reflected in our art.”I’m reclaiming joy by…: “Consistently nurturing my relationship with God, doing things that keep me happy like dancing and cooking, and trying to manage my time on social media.”What my photos capture: “Myself. I want to convey that there are no limits. I’ve been working on myself for the last three months, and this shoot is a reflection of that.”Makeda Sandford is a photographer based in Brooklyn, NY, who photographed herself and her roommate KB.How I’m coping lately: “Right now, I’m not doing much coping, sadly. We’re all fed up with the police state and our lives not being valued. My responsibility is always to stand with my community, and it’s hard to stop scrolling since I’m not out protesting. I’ve found moments of peace in reading revolutionary Black poets and taking a small moment to unplug and meditate.”I’m keeping my summer traditions alive by…: “Creating daily. My summers are usually a good mix of traveling, exploring the city, and relaxing outdoors. It’s the peak time for photography content creation! That’s not much of a possibility this year, so I’m trying to keep my daydreaming and my creative process going indoors.”My personal style is…: “Very simple but rich. In photography, I love warm tones and honesty in portraiture. I document myself and surroundings with these things in mind, illuminating the beauty in the mundane and what makes me unique in my identity, story, and geography.”My creative process: “I’m adapting by using this time for personal development and putting myself first — something a lot of Black women don’t have the capacity to always prioritize. I’m writing again, and going back to my roots of self-portraiture and internet moodboarding. I’ve learned that love can be felt from the comfort of our homes and there’s a lot of inspiration in connecting with friends.”What I hope we learn from this experience: “To appreciate the exciting opportunity to be alive, to have health, and to be able to sit in the sun and feel freedom.”I’m reclaiming joy by…: “Taking things day by day, appreciating the small pleasures in life — baking sweets, binging shows, reading works by powerful poets — and reminding myself that what matters most is to stay present.”What my photos capture: “The stillness and beauty of our lived-in spaces, our sleepy faces, and messy hair as it is in its unique form. Summer can still be what we want it to be — we just have to maneuver around our collective experience, but there is blessing and privilege in that. I photographed myself and my roommate KB, a multifaceted creative who has used her time for inner growth and sharpening skills.”Shop swimsuits: Shop apparel: Shop accessories: Shop the rest of the story here. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?
The Black Lives Matter uprising is a wakeup call for America. It is an essential reminder of all the ways that systemic racism impacts every aspect of Black life, from police violence to the coronavirus pandemic to the housing crisis. As the poet Audre Lorde says, “There is no thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.” To challenge racism requires more than condemning police violence alone, it requires all of us to support Black communities against the looming housing crisis to come.Black communities are disproportionately impacted by the economic recession; they are often the hardest hit and the slowest to recover — as we saw with the Great Recession of 2008. Despite the recent report of job gains as the economy reopens, Black unemployment has not improved and is now at 16.8 percent. These numbers, though, fail to capture the generations of Black exclusion from the job market or the racial wage gap. In places like New York City, rampant racial and economic segregation show just how devastating the coronavirus pandemic has been and remains for Black communities.While the pandemic has resulted in millions of Americans being unable to pay their rents and mortgages, Black communities are particularly vulnerable. The housing crisis is undoubtedly a race issue when Black and Latinx people are disproportionately renters, and therefore they are disproportionately impacted by evictions. To be even more specific, Black women-led households experience some of the highest levels of evictions due to a host of factors related to race and gender, as noted by sociologist Matthew Desmond.During this pandemic, tenant advocacy groups have highlighted the need to protect tenants through a universal eviction moratorium and canceling rents. As housing advocates like to say “housing is healthcare.” The threat of evictions and the struggles for people who are homeless is a public health issue and it has life and death consequences. This is not hyperbole: Black and Latinx communities suffering from the highest levels of coronavirus deaths, further compounding the devastating realities of this pandemic. There is no way to social distance and self-quarantine if you must go to court to fight an eviction or if you are homeless on the street or residing in an overcrowded shelter.In response to the outcry and demands for eviction moratorium of the housing justice movement, temporary eviction moratoria were implemented at the city, state, and federal level. According to Princeton University’s Eviction Lab, many of these eviction moratoria are set to expire shortly. In fact, twelve states already ended eviction protections in May. In New York alone, housing advocates predict 50,000 new cases may be filed for nonpayment of rent following expiration of Gov. Cuomo’s eviction moratorium. To return to the eviction business as usual will result in massive evictions and a homelessness crisis on a scale we have never seen before.Once again, housing advocates are demanding eviction moratoria be extended, along with passing legislation to cancel rents and provide tenants with rental assistance. The movement to cancel rent have been growing since March, and it is beginning to fuse with the Black Lives Matter movement. After George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police in May, Black Lives Matter has become a rallying cry against the devaluation of Black life all across our society, including in the context of housing and evictions.The property interests of landlords can be sharply contrasted with the Black and brown communities who face homelessness during this pandemic. Black and Latinx people in America are disproportionately impacted by homelessness. In Los Angeles, Black people make up only 8 percent of the total population but 34 percent of people experiencing homelessness. These disparities are true in other cities as well. The Coalition for the Homeless estimates 57 percent of heads of household in shelters are Black and 32 percent are Latinx in New York. The homelessness crisis is a crisis of criminalization of race and poverty—as police arrest and escalate confrontations with people sleeping on the street, in the subways, or in their car.Further, The Right to Counsel NYC Coalition has noted how “landlords have used marshals like their personal police force to evict mostly black and brown tenants.” The story of Eleanor Bumpurs highlights the grotesque intersection of evictions and the ugliness of law enforcement. In 1984, Ms. Bumpurs was shot in the chest and killed by New York Police Department officers in her Bronx public housing apartment. The NYPD was called in response to a scheduled eviction for nonpayment of rent. Ms. Bumpurs was a 67-year-old Black woman with a disability.The only reason to reopen the courts is to resume evictions and to put the profits of landlords over the lives of Black people. Evictions are a form of state violence and are part-and-parcel with systemic racism. The scholar Ruth Wilson Gilmore has defined racism as “the state-sanctioned or extralegal production and exploitation of group-differentiated vulnerability to premature death.” Evictions destabilize a person’s employment, education, and healthcare. Evictions also subject Black and brown communities to increased exposure to the coronavirus — the same groups already at heightened risk of death from this disease.When we say Black lives matter, we mean Black lives have to matter against all forms of state violence and all forms of racial inequality. We must demand systemic changes and radically transform our collective priorities, including the looming housing crisis ahead. We need a world that prioritizes Black life above policing, profits, and evictions.Lisa Edwards is a Black activist and civil legal services attorney for the past three decades, and was a former Civil Vice President of the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys, UAW 2325.Jared Trujillo is President of the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys, UAW 2325, a union of non-profits in New York that represents lawyers, paralegals, and social workers that focus on criminal defense, immigration, juvenile rights, parent defense, and employment. He is also a Steering Committee member of Decrim NY, an organization that advocates for the decriminalization of sex work and the empowerment of sex workers. Twitter: @JaredTruEsqueer.Jason Wu is a legal services attorney in New York City, and a trustee for the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys, UAW 2325. 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President Donald Trump is the subject of another flattering Twitter hashtag after he retweeting a video promoting white supremacy. On Sunday, the president shared a clip of a June 14 rally held in his honor at the Villages, a retirement home in Florida. In the first few second of the video, a man driving a golf cart past the group of supporters and yelling “White power!” at them. Another can be heard loudly agreeing, yelling back “Yeah, white power!” The video was up for three hours on the president’s page before it was taken down and later shared by other accounts. Prior to deleting the tweet, Trump praised the crowd, writing “Thank you to the great people of The Villages. The Radical Left Do Nothing Democrats will Fall in the Fall. Corrupt Joe is shot. See you soon!!” White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere was quick to reply to the controversial tweet, noting in a released statement that “President Trump is a big fan of the Villages. He did not hear the one statement made on the video. What he did see was tremendous enthusiasm from his many supporters.”But for the many who watched the video, the impossibly unsubtle chants of “white power” are inexcusable. As a result of Trump’s tweet and his praise of the actions caught on camera, TrumpIsARacist began trending on the social media platform. Users slammed the president for applauding the clearly racist action, leading to a reexamination of how Trump has touted practices of fascism and white supremacy in recent months.Trump has long looked down on communities of color going against his agenda, ignoring the cries of thousands of protestors who, for weeks, have stood against police brutality of Black people in America. However, just a few months ago, at the peak of COVID-19, Trump was praising protesters against statewide lockdowns. Those protestors, who were mostly white and donning MAGA hats, stood outside the homes of state leaders with rifles and other firearms. They made open threats and Trump referred to them in press conferences as “great people.” But examples where the president has supported white supremacy aren’t all recent either: In 2017, he called white nationalists who wreaked havoc during the Charlottesville rallies “very fine people.”Meanwhile, after the death of George Floyd and countless other unarmed Black folks at the hands of police, Trump sided with law enforcement, threatening to call in the National Guard, and supported tear gassing and rubber bullets. He referred to Black Lives Matter protesters “hoodlums” and “anarchists,” and vowed to support the racist monuments they sought to topple over the lives lost that they continue to fight for. Ahead of November’s presidential election, Trump supporters must now grapple with his outright racism and support of white supremacy as the country continues to see massive unrest and a cry for change.Former Vice President and the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden tweeted on Sunday in response to the video,“Today the President shared a video of people shouting “white power” and said they were “great.” Just like he did after Charlottesville. We’re in a battle for the soul of the nation — and the President has picked a side. But make no mistake: it’s a battle we will win.”Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Trump Is Willing To Protect Monuments Over PeopleHow Teens On TikTok Derailed Trump's Tulsa RallyThe Hypocrisy Of Trump's Police Reform Order
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Many people know that senior Trump administration official Kellyanne Conway has very different political views from her Trump-hating husband, George. (And also from, you know, anyone who has a conscience.) But, as it turns out, there’s another member of the Conway family who is an avid anti-Trumper: Kellyanne’s 15-year-old daughter, Claudia. On Monday, New York Times journalist Taylor Lorenz posted a thread of Claudia Conway’s political Tiktoks, and Claudia instantly became the subject of a social media deep-dive, through which it was revealed that the teen regularly posts pro-Black Lives Matter, anti-cop, and anti-Trump content. In one video, Claudia is seen dancing and saying it “would be a shame if we all left one star reviews on all of Trump’s restaurants and hotels and golf courses.” Other recent videos include the teenager asking for justice for Breonna Taylor, and warding off claims from internet trolls that she’s lying about being Kellyanne’s daughter. Her political beliefs have now seeped into her other social channels, where the young activist has used her platform to advocate for Black justice, including videos of protests in Washington, D.C. outside of the White House.But in the hours since her Tiktok and social media accounts gained traction, Republicans and right-wing trolls have flooded the comments on Claudia’s page, upset over her progressive politics. Claudia responded to hate in a new video, saying, “Believe it or not, you can have your own opinions, not influenced by your parents at all, simply by educating yourself!” Claudia has since stated that she feels overwhelmed by the backlash and asked people to keep the negativity away — including from her parents. “Just please no hate to my mom or my dad, they’re both amazing people, and I love them so, so much,” she said. Claudia also explained that she wants to use her Tiktok as an outlet to connect with others who share her values, and to have a platform for talking about her beliefs. On Tuesday, she did a dance over a green-screen of Twitter comments from people finding out she’s anti-Trump, happily celebrating her ever-growing platform, despite the newly growing presence of trolls. Though it should be clear that harassing a 15-year-old is always a bad idea, it’s also clear that some people online need to be reminded of that fact. So, here’s a reminder: Don’t harass teenagers online! But if there’s one more lesson to take away from all this, it’s that the Conway home fosters freedom of speech and freedom of political beliefs is valued — unlike the Trump administration. Refinery29 reached out to Claudia Conway for comment. We will update this story as we know more.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Kellyanne Conway Compares Voting To CupcakesKellyanne Conway's Husband Is Trying To Oust TrumpKellyanne Conway Pretends To Not Know Lev Parnas
Talk about an awkward family dinner. It's long been known that Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Trump, doesn't have a united front when it comes to politics in her family. But previously, the only vocal dissenter had been her husband George, a D.C. attorney who's made it clear he's no fan of this administration. Now, […]
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