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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.
Ice Cube is clearing up rumors that he seemingly joined forces with Donald Trump, ahead of the November election. Cube tweeted out a clarification to reports that he’s collaborating with Trump’s re-election campaign on an alleged “Platinum Plan” for Black America.
Trump’s Senior Advisor, Katrina Pierson tweeted that Cube was involved in the Platinum Plan development. According to Cube, both Trump and Joe Biden’s campaigns reached out to him over his “Contract with Black America” plan.
“Both parties contacted me/ Dems said we’ll address the CWBA after the election,” Cube tweeted on Tuesday (Oct. 14) “Trump campaign made some adjustments to their plan after talking to us about the CWBA.”
Facts: I put out the CWBA. Both parties contacted me. Dems said we’ll address the CWBA after the election. Trump campaign made some adjustments to their plan after talking to us about the CWBA.
— Ice Cube (@icecube) October 14, 2020
Cube has been touting his CWBA for months, which demands that the “Contract with Black America be addressed immediately to finally create the ‘more perfect union’ all Americans deserve,” according to the CWBA website.
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Black people: Don’t vote for nothing. Vote for something. Demand that our needs are finally met. cwba.world
The CBWA is touted as a “patriotic pathway” promoting “shared prosperity and racial economic justice,” according to a statement on the site. “The Pandemic has revealed to us the importance of the essential worker of which many are minorities. We can grow no stronger without improving the sustainability of those at the bottom of the economic pyramid. The Contract for Black America is a comprehensive step toward an action plan that addresses the future stability of minorities and essential workers across the nation.”
The 22-page contracts lists several demands including reparations, and affirmative action for all secondary schools, and public and private universities so that Black enrollment exceeds the percentage of America’s Black population (which is 14%). The CBWA also wants Juneteenth to be a national holiday, a mandatory “Black History 365” curriculum, mandatory civil rights and anti-racism classes in all elementary schools, bank lending and finance reform, judicial and public policy reform, Black representation on all government civil rights investigative bodies, more polling places in Black neighborhoods, equal health care facilities in all neighborhoods, and a formal apology to “Black Americans for past wrongs.” The plan notes that to be eligible for reparations, Black Americans must provide “documentation” proving their “descent from at least one enslaved person,” and proof that they have “identified as Black or African American” for at least a decade.
Additionally, the CBWA will devise a plan for Native Americans that will include giving back “the true value or land promised to them in various treaties.”
In his first interview since being found inebriated in a Miami hotel room earlier this year, former Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum spoke openly about his sexuality.
The 41-year old politician appeared on the season 2 premiere of The Tamron Hall Show alongside his wife, R. Jai Gallium, on Monday (Sept. 14). “What was most hurtful was this belief that I was somehow living a lie in my marriage and in my family,”Andrew said of rumors that have swirled over the last several months. “That was most hurtful to me because I believe we’re all entitled to mistakes. And I believe we’re entitled to those mistakes without having every other respectable and redeeming part of our lives invalidated.”
He continued, “To be very honest with you didn’t ask the question, you put it out there of whether I identify as gay. The answer is I don’t identify as gay, but I do identify as bisexual. And that’s something that I’ve never shared publicly.”
“Bisexuality in and of itself doesn’t lead to unfaithfulness,” he added. “There are men who are in marriages with women who just because they’re married to a woman doesn’t mean they’re not attacked to other women, and at any point can slip up, make a mistake, do something, and that is what it is. [It’s] the same thing in bisexual relationships.”
R. Jai, who was aware of his sexual preference before they got married, noted that many people don’t “understand bisexuality.” The couple wed in 2009 and have three children.
“Bisexuality is just something different,” she explained. “I just believe that love and sexuality exists on a spectrum. All I care about is what’s between us and what agreement we make.”
In March, Andrew was found in a Miami hotel room with another man, believed to be a sex worker. Shortly after the episode, the father of three checked himself into rehab for alcohol abuse.
Elsewhere during the interview, Andrew spoke about losing the race for Florida governor, and indicated that him and his wife had grown apart sometime last year. He also opened up about his experience in rehab, and the plans for his life moving forward.
See more clips from the interview below.