Psych Central is ending. So I have decided to pull over some of my favorite articles where I got to discuss more than celeb fodder into this blog so that they can live on.
Originally Posted May 31st, 2020 by Quay Bowen For Psych Central.
To be honest, I don’t know what to write here. I’ve done a lot of crying in the last few weeks. Experienced a lot of shock. Had a lot of worry. Last night, I found myself listening to Aerosmith’s Livin on the Edge on repeat. If 2020 had a theme song, this would be it. I told myself when I took over this blog that I would try to refrain from getting too “political.” It’s why I’ve avoided certain celeb-related stories that have popped up in the media since February. But as a black woman and a mother, it’s hard to not say what I actually am feeling right now.
I wish I could walk through the complexities of this whole, incredibly frustrating scenario we are facing with the protests. The decades of anger and pain felt by African Americans and POC nationwide. The white allies who are also out there protesting, demanding an end to the injustice. The citizens worldwide marching and protesting injustice. But the truth of the matter is if anyone doesn’t “get it” by now, it’s because they don’t want to. Nothing I can say right now (especially in the scope of this blog) is going to change that.
I truly feel the last 2 months, we have seen the best and worst of Americans. People standing in unity against a pandemic, caring about their fellow humans, raising money to help people put out of work due to an unprecedented threat…and those who arm themselves to storm buildings, block traffic around hospitals so doctors couldn’t get to their sick patients, and spit at nurses because they are selfishly willing to “sacrifice the weak” so that they can get haircuts and go to the beach. People standing around police officers protecting them from gun yielding troublemakers; police officers standing in unison with their communities, telling them that they are here to protect them….and police officers pepper-spraying children and driving into protesters and people who have decided to drive to different states to raise chaos and “get their loot on.”
My heart is broken. I take comfort in knowing I am not alone. Here are some celeb reactions to everything going on (language warning):
LeVar Burton voices the pain and outrage African Americans are feeling
Ice T points out the injustice is nothing new
Janet Jackson points out the heightened level of awareness black people must live under in everyday life
Crissy Teigen is just sick of this Sh*t
Devon Sawa is too
And so is Matthew Lillard
Gabrielle Union isn’t standing for changes in the narrative
Taylor Swift speaks out against white supremacy
Tim McGraw calls for unity…. pens a song about not understanding what it feels like to be black in America
Justin Timberlake (and a lot of other celebs) put his money where his mouth is:
John Cusack joined the protesters, was attacked by police for filming