Yesha Callahan

10 Black Stars Who Know What Time It Is In America

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None of us really knows the answer to the genocide, or so it’s been called, that’s being unleashed on the black community in America right now, but most would agree silence is not a solution. And while there are some entertainers who let their celebrity go to waste, refusing to discuss more than their latest projects in order to avoid rocking the boat — or the wallet — the stars here bring new meaning to the phrase “stay woke,” speaking out on the racism, cultural appropriation and police brutality running rampant in society every single chance they get.

  1. September 7, 2015 - Reply

    One gift of our people is that we’re honest. We tell it like it is. If there is an injustice, then we will speak on it in opposition to it. Individually, we have to have the Knowledge of Self to grow. That means that we must understand the beauty and the strength of our black heritage. Our black phenotypes are beautiful as Black is Beautiful. Also, collectively, we have to unite (internationally not just nationally) in forming solutions. Collective power is always important if we want real freedom and real liberation. The actions and the words from people like Janelle Monae and others show us that the black consciousness is strong. It was here during the past and it will be here during the future too. A revolutionary not only abhors evil, but a revolutionary loves goodness, justice, and liberty. The black people and the biracial people mentioned in this article show us that many young people know what time it is and are doing something about it. So, we have work to do. We know that the journey to the Promised Land won’t be easy, but we go on. We want social and economic justice. We not only want the middle class and the working class to be truly liberated. We want the poor to have economic justice as well. Not only should laws be changed, but communities have to be developed (via urban and rural reconstruction plans that benefit the masses of the people directly). We, as black people, are a strong people and we will win in the end.

    • September 8, 2015 - Reply

      Teach, brother!

      • September 8, 2015 - Reply


        Thank you Sister.

  2. September 7, 2015 - Reply

    Back in the Sixties the establishment tried to silence the voices of change and resistance and just lik

  3. September 7, 2015 - Reply

    Just like those who were part of the movement refused to be silenced then Black Lives Matter will persist and no Faux News, Donald Chump or any of the other non-descripts on the Repugnicant clown bus can stop it. I applaud you BLM. Stay the course, fight the good fight.

  4. September 8, 2015 - Reply

    Why is Kendrick Lamar on the list? I have heard him say some disparaging remarks in interviews. He may have good intentions but forgets which side of the fence he wants to be.

    • September 8, 2015 - Reply


      I’m scratching my head at the inclusion of Azaelia Banks. She’s said a ton of anti-black stuff, always blowing up Twitter with controversy. smh

      • September 8, 2015 - Reply


        Yes her too. She does not know if shes coming or going.

  5. September 8, 2015 - Reply

    Why, why, why is Azealia Banks on here? Have you even seen the horrible, racist stuff she’s said against black folks??? Was her Twitter “hacked” or something? Y’all might want to circle back on some of these folks.

    • September 8, 2015 - Reply


      In retrospect, some of these individuals shouldn’t be on the list.

      • September 9, 2015 - Reply

        I’m wondering where D’Angelo is, now that I think about it.

  6. September 8, 2015 - Reply

    It’s surprising to see Solange wearing an American flag bikini and standing in front of the USA flag. But when I think about it, we have just as much right to wear it as anyone else. Not my style, but it’s an interesting dynamic for any Black activist who chooses it to make a point.

  7. September 29, 2015 - Reply

    This list looks a little funny considering (aside from other horrid things she’s said) A.B. just called a black woman a “tar baby” and the n-word.

    She needs help, not enabling.

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