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Things That Gave Us Life: Picture Perfect Edition

Things That Gave Us Life: Picture Perfect Edition

Words: Ashley Poag

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

One of the most uplifting stories of the Internet began when Kordale Lewis, a father of Desmiray, Maliyah, and Kordale Jr., decided to take a picture of him and his partner Kaleb doing their daughters’ hair. The image went viral when Kordale posted it on social media, generating comments, likes, and support.

The largely positive response prompted the couple to share their family’s story through books, interviews, activism, and commercials. Nikon has since featured the family in their I AM Generation Image campaign, highlighting people's everyday lives through images. Kordale and Kaleb’s #IAMGenerationImage Nikon Gallery and social media accounts are full of beautiful family pictures that are loving and inspiring. And as for the negative comments the family has received, “it didn’t make me feel any way," Kaleb told The Grio. "I know they don’t know what we go through. I know they don’t know our children. They don’t know our lifestyles, they don’t know how we live. A picture is so much more than a thousand words.”


The Oscars snubbing of Selma and its director Ava DuVernay drew amazing and rallying responses across the Internet on Thursday. DuVernay's masterful direction was expected to make her a historic shoo-in for the Academy Awards this year, but instead, the 2015 Oscar nominations look as white and male as ever. (The movie received nominations for Best Picture and Original Song for Common and John Legend's "Glory," which won a Golden Globe on Sunday.) Dodai Stewart's write up on Ava DuVernay's Oscar snub said what we all were thinking, and the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite created by @ReignofApril was able to find some dark humor in the loss.



The rise of black women entrepreneurs was a hot topic on The Spin, a radio show hosted by Esther Armah of African American Public Radio Consortium. Ventures started by women of color are the fastest growing sector in the economy right now, a trend that arose from our history of using creativity to make a way out of no way. We’re sure many of you in our mater mea family can attest to that.


No child should have to experience the pain of racism, but at least this story has a happy ending. When a classmate told 4-year-old Londyn James she didn't want to be her friend because she was black, Londyn was incredibly heartbroken. Her mom Tomeka Fisher posted a video of her upset daughter to Facebook asking for help. Ten million views later, Londyn now has a new friend: 5-year-old Holland Cunningham, the daughter of Jeff Cunningham, a news anchor for KFVS-TV in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. After hearing about her experience, Holland drew Londyn a picture that read “I will be your friend.” We were so touched to see Londyn smiling over the picture Holland drew. Proof that there are still many wonderful people in the world!


Fortune Magazine shined a spotlight on Black Girls Code and their efforts to create diversity within the tech industry. The article talks about the continued growth of the program and how it creates a safe place for girls of color to explore and learn. We were so excited to read about how eager the girls are to create robots and meet others just like them who have a growing interest in science and technology.


Ms. Hill fans, get ready: Lauryn Hill's latest tour—the Small Axe: Acoustic Performance Series—will run for two weeks with locations in Washington, D.C. and New York City. And from what we hear, Small Axe sounds similar to the MTV Unplugged experience.


If you're not a Nancy Grace fan you likely missed rapper 2 Chainz schooling her this past week. Nancy Grace and 2 Chainz debated about the legalization of marijuana and the rapper held his own with balanced arguments against the sometimes aggressive and boisterous host.


Every now and then, someone in Hollywood makes the right call: Lupita Nyong’o & David Oyelowo will star in “Queen Of Katwe,” a Disney film retelling the story of Robert Katende, the founder and director of the Sports Outreach Chess Academy, and Phiona Mutesi, a poor Ugandan girl who becomes a renowned chess prodigy. (This is the second time the pair will work together: They're both signed up to do the film adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Americanah.) Oyelowo will play the chess coach, and Nyong'o will play Harriet Mutesi, the girl’s mother. No solid word yet on who will play the role of Phiona. Quvenzhané Wallis, anyone?


Ashley Poag is mater mea's intern and an aspiring multimedia journalist.