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Things That Gave Us Life: The "We Matter" Edition



Things That Gave Us Life: The "We Matter" Edition

Words: Ashley Poag

Our weekly roundup of the best things that happened online and IRL.

David Shankbone / Wikimedia Commons

David Shankbone / Wikimedia Commons

Comedian Chris Rock is back in the limelight this week. But far from just promoting his new movie Top 5, Rock is sharing some profound insight on American society. Rock made quite a few candid statements on inequality, race, and class in the United States in a New York Magazine interview with Frank Rich.

"When we talk about race relations in America or racial progress, it’s all nonsense," he said. "There are no race relations. White people were crazy. Now they’re not as crazy. To say that black people have made progress would be to say they deserve what happened to them before."

Rock also called out the movie industry's implicit racism in an essay for the Hollywood Reporter. Welcome back, Mr. Rock. We've missed you.

We’re finding it difficult to get in the holiday spirit with what’s going on around us. But Anthony Hamilton's holiday album Home for the Holidays is giving us a reason to smile. It's a return to soulful R&B, something the music scene has been lacking for awhile now. With James Brown throwbacks like “Santa Claus Go Straight to the Ghetto” and The Emotions “What Do The Lonely Do at Christmas?”, the album hits the right mix of joy and nostalgia.

Oh, Solange...


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... As if those fabulous wedding party photos wasn’t enough, Solange breathes into us once again with photos from her and now husband Alan Ferguson’s Trancoso, Brazil honeymoon.


  • Millions gathered on December 1 to bring awareness to HIV/AIDS for World Aids Day. The theme of this year’s global event was Focus, Partner, Achieve: An AIDS-Free Generation. Tremendous progress has been made since the first World AIDS Day 30 years ago—a diagnosis of HIV/AIDS isn’t the certain death sentence it used to be. Although we are far from an AIDS-free world, it was great to see the world come together to bring awareness and empower through information.

  • Chadwick Boseman will play superhero Black Panther in an upcoming Marvel movie. It wasn't that long ago that the real Black Panther Party was considered an enemy of the state by some, despite all the good the group did for African-American communities. Now there will be a movie depicting a Black Panther as a superhero! Boseman—who recently played James Brown in the biopic Get on Up— has been dropping hints that Black Panther’s debut will be in an upcoming Captain America movie. The Black Panther solo movie is set for November 3, 2017, according to Marvel.

  • The NFL has decided it won’t reprimand the Saint Louis Rams for players making the "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" gesture, instead supporting their first amendment rights. This is a big deal considering what happened to Tommie Smith and Dr. John Carlos. After their Black Power salute at the 1968 Olympics, the athletes were banned from the games. It’s a small reminder of how far we’ve come—and how much further still we have to go.

  • Jada Pinkett Smith's mom 61-year-old Adrienne Banfield-Jones hot body. Need we say more?
  • Sonequa Martin-Green, better known as Sasha from The Walking Dead, showed off her her eight-months pregnant belly on Twitter and AMC’s recap show The Talking Dead. Martin-Green hid her pregnancy very well during the show—fans had no idea she was expecting! This will be the 29-year-old actress' first child with her husband Kenric Green.

Ashley Poag is mater mea's intern and an aspiring multimedia journalist from Durham, North Carolina.