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Things That Gave Us Life: The "Revolutionary" Edition

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Things That Gave Us Life: The "Revolutionary" Edition

Words: Ashley Poag

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

Janelle Monae

The Electric Lady herself had a very sweet moment when she appeared on fellow Cover Girl Queen Latifah’s daytime talk show. Janelle Monáe was there to surprise a young fan, 10-year-old McKynzie Duhon and promote Cover Girl’s #GirlsCan campaign, which helps young women overcome barriers to be the next generation to rock the world. Cover Girl has promised to donate a minimum of $5 million to support individuals and non-profit organizations that are helping women break barriers. The Queen Latifah Show has been a major part of the movement by hosting young women on the show and supporting their dreams.

While offering encouraging words to her young fan, the Grammy-nominated singer got emotional. “Never in a million years did I think I would see a young black girl wanting to look like me,” Monáe said, almost in tears. “Perfection is often the enemy of greatness. You are more than enough ... You can be even bigger than me.”

Activist and Django Unchained actor Samuel L Jackson issued a challenge on Facebook. Jackson asked that celebrities who took the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS awareness to join the protest against police violence by singing a song entitled, “We Ain't Gonna Stop Till People Are Free.” One of the cutest acceptors was 2-year old Zuri Chin, daughter of poet and past mater mea mom Staceyann Chin.

Angela Davis

Political activist, author, and scholar Angela Davis gave a compelling interview with The Guardian this week. She addressed a wide range of topics from Beyoncé and feminism to Assata Shakur in Cuba and her thoughts on the grand jury's ruling in Ferguson. “There is an unbroken line of police violence in the United States that takes us all the way back to the days of slavery, the aftermath of slavery..." Davis said. “There is so much history of this racist violence that simply to bring one person to justice is not going to disturb the whole racist edifice.”




  • C☆NDY Magazine’s winter cover features prominent women in the transgender movement. Laverne Cox and Janet Mock were among several transgender women of color who graced the magazine’s pages. Cox and Mock have been integral in the transgender rights movement, and both women looked flawless, of course, with their immaculate hair and elegant gowns.


  • Novelist Paulo Coelho once said that “Love can only be found through the act of loving.” Perhaps that is a great way to describe what happened between the co-founders of Millennial Activist United Brittany Ferrell 25, and Alexis Templeton, 20. The two prominent protest organizers in Ferguson, Missouri are now engaged!


  • This little cutie reminds us that you shouldn’t let obstacles—including your parents hiding a jar of Nutella in a cupboard—get in the way of what you want.



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