Hello everyone! We are helping our dear friends, actor Kevin McNally and his amazing daughter Rachel McNally spread the word about their friends, Daryll Pleasants and Donna Purvis’ Ol Pejeta Conservancy Project.
Due to an overwhelming and generous response resulting in a large amount of fabulous donations, the auction will take place internationally via an online auction site which will open August 1, 2014 . The auction will officially launch with a private view and anti-poaching dog presentation at THE FORUM, NORWICH, Saturday, July 26, 2014 from 7pm -9 pm. Bidding will run for four weeks throughout August at: https://www.charityauctionorganizer.com/auction/opc. All proceeds will go towards the upkeep and expansion of the anti-poaching dog section and anti-poaching efforts to protect the elephants and rhinos at Ol Pejeta.
As part of the auction, the organizers have asked talented and well known artists and sculptors to donate a piece of artwork, print or sculpture to their cause. In addition, celebrities/actors/personalities were called upon to consider supporting the ‘Doodle a Rhino’ campaign, in which they doodled a rhino in pencil/pen/paint/crayon (anything!) on a piece of A4 card and signed for authenticity.
Please see Daryll and Donna’s website for more details: www.whitepawprofessionaldogtraining.com, or, contact Rachel McNally via Twitter at @MissRaeMcNally. You may also contact Black Chick Media here. Ready…Steady…Bid!
Lupita Nyong’o receiving her Oscar for Best Supporting Actress
(photo via x)
Too many people who are disliked on social media for being trollers/haters get excited when there is something new the world is unfolding for.
That just happens to be Lupita.
Lupita Nyong’o, the 31-year old Yale grad, has been turning heads and giving seizures in the form of “YAAAAAAS, HUNTY! SLAY!” since her portrayal of Patsey in Steve McQueen’s 2013 hit film, “12 Years A Slave.” From her performance in the film that was truly nothing less than superb, to her plethora of colorful and captivating red carpet and television appearance looks that has her on the top of the radar on every style magazine, blog, and television special around, Lupita is WINNING. Add her absolute humbleness, her adorable demeanor, and the public speeches she’s made about beauty and validation of dreams, she’s a bonafide badass.
But unfortunately, many people don’t like this. They don’t like this sudden advocacy for Lupita and what she stands for, which is a woman from the motherland who came to America, attended one of the top schools in the United States, did superb in her first film, and won a crapload of awards, including the most prestigious film award out there: an Oscar, all while having very little to no hair (against the ideas of femininity) and being dark skinned (a shade automatically considered ugly). Lupita is winning against the norm, and that is rattling chains. Men and women, black and white, have tried to compare Lupi to men, have tried to get us to confess that she’s not that cute, and that we’re just hyping her up, have tried to say that we, as People of Color, haven’t won through her and the cast/crew of “12 Years A Slave,” because white people get off on seeing slavery films… The list combats the Great Wall of China in longest shit ever.
But why are you mad?
Lupita has done nothing but educate herself in her craft, done her research, show up to work on set and SLAY, remain humble and adorable during interviews, waltzing onto red carpets in garments blessed by The Lord and SLAYING, and inspiring dark skin black girls (especially), and everyone else who has a dream they think they can’t conquer, that you and those dreams are valid.
Lupita is living in her truth. She is succeeding, which is more than I can say for the rest of you who feel compelled to attempt degradation for your own insecurities. She works hard to be praised to oblivion. She works hard for recognition. She works hard, man. Those who work hard and who live with an open mind and heart deserve the world.
And she’s gonna get it.
You don’t HAVE to find her beautiful, and you didn’t HAVE to cry in the scene everyone knows oh too well that had us biting at our fists, trying to hold back the rivers of empathy that strolled down our eyes. If you don’t care for her, that’s fine. This is for the people that don’t care for her and want to make it KNOWN. The ones who find tweets and posts of people who care deeply for her and who make rude, unnecessary, and ignorant comments to have their mentions filled with response. For those who want to start an uproar, who want to disagree with the majority, and who, at the end of the day, sign out of twitter/facebook/tumblr feeling empty because this is their only means of attention.
So if you wanna waste your time trying to blow our, and Lupita’s, high because your life is in shambles and you don’t know how to fix it except to make others feel shitty so you’re not the only one, you can keep on dreaming.
Lupita is out here trying to tell us (ladies especially) that folks are gonna try and knock our crowns off, but wear that beacon like a halo, and you’re salty because you can’t take that advice and do something with your life other than to troll?
I’m not sure about you, but when I first jumped onto the Twitter bandwagon, I knew it for its hashtags (which, in the beginning, was very juvenile when you think about it), its trash talk, its challenge to communicate within the 140 character margin, and its ability to let you speak your mind, illustrating whatever you deemed worth broadcasting to your followers. At first, I liked it. I had some fun, made some new friends. There came a time, though, when I got bored. Twitter was like high school, and at that point in time, I was already on my way to becoming a sophomore in college. I thought I left high school behind! The drama, the cattiness, and the immaturity that came along with it.
Then something happened. Right when I was going to leave Twitter, Twitter began to change. It became less social interaction about the Jonas Brothers and more social interaction about politics. About community. About the trials and errors of our celebrities and how it could be changing the way the younger generations view life. I began to see a lot more news outlets creating accounts to tweet links to articles they’ve written, tweets in which other people share by retweeting, therefore engaging others in a large conversation, similar to a chat room that anyone can jump into. And if you hashtagged it? Oh man. The more the merrier! So I stuck around. I began unfollowing people that used Twitter as a tool to trashtalk their ex boyfriend and started following people that used Twitter to generate a conversation, where people who felt they were alone no longer felt that way.
One of those follows that I still hang true to today and will forever is @FeministaJones, the sex-positive feminist blogger/writer who I came across via Twitter. She is not only one hell of a smart woman, actively talking smarts with her followers from log in to log out, but who is also about action where words aren’t enough. Through Twitter, she rounded enough people to stop Nivea, the beauty company, from continuing to run one of their ads, which happened to be racial. She also started up, via Twitter, something called #SexyShred, a 4-week weight loss challenge in which participants eat clean and work out for four weeks, and use the hashtag to inspire each other, keep each other updated, and share recipes and workouts.
One of her biggest accomplishments happens to be her involvement in Black Twitter, a community where mostly (though not limited to) black people come together to be who they are, to spread awareness, to inspire, to stir conversation, and to create and/or assist in activism toward the Black community. It was through Feminista Jones that I learned a lot about Black Twitter, and it was through her and the input, participation and liveliness of other Black Twitter members that helped me to join, as well. A community as big as this, with a tool that keeps us all linked together is a gift, and one Feminista and many others do not take for granted. Just a few days ago, FJ wrote this article for Salon.com that explains what Black Twitter is, and how it helped to bring the Trayvon Case to life, to where it is today. Had Black Twitter not seen the case, evaluate it for its mistakes, and brought awareness to other people to the point where it became a nation wide story that everyone at home heard about, it probably would not have gotten the attention it got today.
DO YOURSELF A FAVOR: READ HER ARTICLE, “Is Twitter the Underground Railroad of Activism? How Twitter Fuels Black Activism” (click), FOLLOW HER ON TWITTER (click), AND JOIN THE CONVERSATION (click).
Social media is not just social media. It is a tool that can bring about change the world has never seen before. Black Twitter is a prime example, and leaders like Feminista Jones and the members of Black Twitter can help in bringing change.