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With the 2020 election season underway, 2 Chainz, Rapsody, and Yara Shahidi have teamed up with Sprite for their Create Your Future voting campaign. According to a press release, the beverage brand's non-partisan initiative is aiming to "inspire and educate young Black and multicultural voters" to head to the polls this year.
To drive the message, six emerging Black artists were also tapped to create artwork inspired by the importance of voting—photographer Yvette Glasco, fashion designer BLUBOY, illustrator Neka King, artist Sage Guillory, fashion designer Dorothy Lawes, and artist Foremost. 2 Chainz, Shahidi, and Rapsody will be using their platforms to promote the artists' work while encouraging the youth around America.
2 Chainz—who joined forces with Sprite to support DJs who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic over the summer—will be using art by up-and-coming creators to inspire the youth to get out and vote. "Sprite has a long history of putting on artists and tastemakers in hip-hop," pointed out the award-winning artist. "Now I’m teaming up with Sprite again for the Create Your Future campaign, which encourages Black and multicultural youth to learn about the different ways to vote. No matter your background or where you live, it’s important to educate yourself on the candidates, their policies, and the process to vote.”
“Sprite’s Create Your Future initiative is about harnessing the brilliance and power of Black creative expression to empower myself and my peers to get creative, get informed, and exercise our right to vote in the upcoming election," said grownish actress and social activist, Yara Shahidi. "I am excited to utilize my platform to amplify the voices of emerging creators and encourage meaningful action through everyday civic engagement.”
“I’m proud to be a part of Sprite’s Create Your Future voting initiative. We’re working with several incredibly talented young artists who created these beautiful, powerful pieces – from fashion, to illustration, to photography – centered around their reasons for voting," added Grammy-nominated artist Rapsody. "I’ll be passing the mic to elevate their work and tell their stories. As an artist, I love telling stories, especially when they come from a real place and from people striving to create a better future for our communities.”
Check out some of the artists' pieces of work down below. For more information and additional resources on how to make your voice hear during this election, visit Sprite.com/CreateYourFuture.
City Girls, Big Sean, Jhené Aiko, Brandy, 2 Chainz, and more made the 2020 BET Hip-Hop Awards a night to remember. Hosted by DC Young Fly, Karlous Miller and Chico Bean of 85 South, the socially-distanced event went down on Tuesday (Oct. 27).
Doubling as a sounding board for socially conscious commentary and voting engagement, the show featured several references to Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and other victims of police brutality. The night included a statement from vice presidential hopeful and Howard University alum, Kamala Harris, in celebration of HBCU’s.
Although there were more performances than awards given out during the ceremony, the show was full of surprises. Master P received the I Am Hip Hop Award presented to him by former No Limit artist, Snoop Dogg. Rapsody won her first award ever for Best Hip-Hop Lyricist, Pop Smoke was posthumously awarded the Best New Artist trophy, and Lil Baby accepted the Impact Track honor for, “The Bigger Picture.”
YBN Cordae paid homage to Juice Wrld, and Quavo performed a tribute medley to Pop Smoke. The award show also honored other late rappers, including Fred Da Godson.
Watch some of the performances and cyphers below.City Girls Perform “Kitty Talk” & “Jobs” Big Sean, Jhené AIko and Ty Dolla Sign Perform “Body Language” Brandy, Erykah Badu, Teyana Taylor & H.E.R. Perform Ladies First Cypher Beenie Man, Bounty Killa, Skip Marley & More Participate In Reggae Cypher Tobe Nwigwe Performs “Try Jesus, Don’t Try Me” 2 Chainz & Lil Wayne Perform “Money Maker”
Less than a month after losing a baby via miscarriage, Chrissy Teigen and John Legend are being honest about their grief. Teigen opened up about in an emotional essay posted to Medium.com on Tuesday (Oct 27) where she went into heartbreaking detail about the horrific experience.
The model and host was hospitalized last month for partial placenta abruption. After multiple blood transfusions, doctors concluded that the baby, whom the named “Jack,” would not survive. Teigen had hoped to carry the baby until 28 weeks, which was described as a “safe zone.”
She was forced to deliver him at just 20 weeks.
“After a couple nights at the hospital, my doctor told me exactly what I knew was coming — it was time to say goodbye,” she recalled. “He just wouldn’t survive this, and if it went on any longer, I might not either. We had tried bags and bags of blood transfusions, every single one going right through me like we hadn’t done anything at all. Late one night, I was told it would be time to let go in the morning. I cried a little at first, then went into full blown convulsions of snot and tears, my breath not able to catch up with my own incredibly deep sadness. Even as I write this now, I can feel the pain all over again. Oxygen was placed over my nose and mouth, and that was the first picture you saw. Utter and complete sadness.”
Legend and Teigen’s mother photographed the moment at her request. The Grammy winner “hated” taking photos of her in the hospital, Teigen said. She also hit back at people criticizing her for posting the images on social media. “I cannot express how little I care that you hate the photos. How little I care that it’s something you wouldn’t have done. I lived it, I chose to do it, and more than anything, these photos aren’t for anyone but the people who have lived this or are curious enough to wonder what something like this is like. These photos are only for the people who need them. The thoughts of others do not matter to me.”
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Teigen, 34, and Legend, 41, have two other children, Miles, 2, and Luna, 4. Later in the candid easy, Teigen opened up about the harrowing moment that baby Jack was delivered. “My mom, John and I each held him and said our own private goodbyes, mom sobbing through Thai prayer. I asked the nurse to show me his hands and feet and I kissed them over and over and over again.”
The newborn’s remains were cremated. His ashes will be buried near a tree at the couple’s new home. Teigen is still working through her emotions, and admitted to bursting into tears at times, and getting upset with herself for “being too happy.” She said that she often forgets that she’s no longer pregnant. Although the loss of the baby has left a “hole” in her heart, the empty space has been “filled with the love of something I loved so much. It doesn’t feel empty the space. It feels full.”
“I wrote this because I knew for me I needed to say something before I could move on from this and return back to life, so I truly thank you for allowing me to do so,” she added.
“Jack will always be loved, explained to our kids as existing in the wind and trees and the butterflies they see. Thank you so much to every single person who has had us in their thoughts or gone as far as to send us your love and stories. We are so incredibly lucky.”
Click here to read Teigen’s full essay.