It appears Teyana Taylor is using the election’s outcome as a call to action.
The singer and “Fade” video star paid a visit to the White House on Thursday with her husband, Iman Shumpert (a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers), using the opportunity to make a political statement through fashion by dressing up as Angela Davis, civil rights activist and Black Panther.
Taylor arrived at the White House in an oxblood pantsuit with a matching turtleneck underneath, hoop earrings and an afro. “Walked up in da White House like…✊????#WhoGoneStopUs,” she captioned an image to Instagram. Later, she posted a selfie with a black power fist, captioning the snap with an Angela Davis quote. “I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change… I’m changing the things I cannot accept.”
Taylor’s resolve was echoed today in Lena Dunham’s Lenny Letter, which encourages progressives and people who value inclusivity to not use Trump’s win as a wholesale defeat. Instead, Dunham implores her readers to use this as an opportunity to be more active in our communities. “Now more than ever, our power is in numbers and in our refusal to accept the idea that our leaders intrinsically know what’s best for us, better than the people we meet every day,” she wrote. “In this new reality, we have all been radicalized. It’s no longer a word for those living on the fringes. It’s a word for everyone who walks in pain with the results of this election, who feels their identity being crushed under the weight of the half of the country who voted for a man who denounces and denies the basic rights of women, the queer community, immigrants, Muslims, people of color and the differently abled. We’ve been radicalized and therefore we’ve been deputized to do our parts.”
Women, people of color, religious minorities, and LGBT or gender nonconforming people (to name just a few) are feeling marginalized and also genuinely fearful for their lives and their civil liberties after this election.
Teyana’s display at the White House on the same day the KKK-endorsed president-elect visited seems to be a small act of rebellion, but we expect to see more in the future, perhaps from other celebrities.