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Khloe! Blame Your Man, Sis.

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During Jordyn Woods’ soul-bearing conversation with Jada Pinkett-Smith at the Red Table™, the duo discussed the lack of compassion she’s received during this ordeal. After news media and gossip blogs ran with the story that Tristan Thompson cheated on Khloe Kardashian with Jordyn, the former friend to the Kardashian-Jenner family has been bombarded with threats and insults. Commenting on the sheer lack of care for her pseudo-niece, Jada says “Black women are not given the benefit of the doubt.” I wholeheartedly agree.

Ugly Business

Social media has made engaging with the world more accessible but has done nothing to eradicate the cult of negativity. Now, more than ever, it seems people are all too happy to cut someone down. Jada addresses this at the beginning of her talk with Jordyn by asking those without the aptitude for empathy to leave. We’re aware the world is tuning in to hear Jordyn’s truth, but it is still falling on judgmental ears. Predilection aside, I listened to Jordyn and heard a 21-year-old woman still finding herself and navigating adulthood.

This situation, for her, is a very painful wake-up call. While most of us can agree she needed to clean up her circle, this is still a heartbreaking change for Jordyn. With millions of other people who have been burned by unfaithful partners, I stand alongside Khloe — but she and I are drastically different. I am not a 34 year-old-woman still blaming my partner’s lechery on an extra party, Khloe is.

You Lose Them How You Get Them

Tristan Thompson was notorious for being an unfaithful man. Leaving Jordan Craig in the third trimester of her pregnancy, Tristan began a romantic relationship with Khloe. When Khloe reached her third trimester, Tristan cheated with Lani Blair, earning himself the nickname Tristan “Third Trimester” Thompson. He’s on the outs with Khloe Kardashian right now, but guess who has yet to cut him out of her life? Khloe. She, along with her clutch of siblings, has unfriended/unfollowed/forgotten Jordyn Woods on every social media platform possible. However, Khloe remains invested in Tristan Thompson, not just because they have a daughter (which she heavily filters on Instagram), because she wants more children with him. Imagine being 34-years-old, hanging on to 238lbs of dead weight. Don’t be like Khloe.

Khloe’s inability to place blame or hold Tristan accountable for her actions is on brand for her and her family. Having allegedly borrowed designs and outright stolen culture from Black women, it is not a surprise at all that Khloe is throwing rocks from a glass house. Remember when Khloe was dating French Montana…who was dating and living with Trina at the time? There’s a very obvious reason why Khloe is unwilling and unable to call Tristan out for his foolish. It’s because she’d have to call herself out too. Let’s call a thing a thing, people.

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High School Students Stage Sit-In Protest Against Racism

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In response to how school faculty have handled a racist video, students of Ethical Culture Fieldston School in the Bronx have staged an overnight-sit-in protest. Dissatisfied with faculty’s response to demands to address racism on the school’s campus, students have rallied and locked staff out of the administration building until they reached an agreement.

Outrage Lead to Action

More than 200 high school students of the K-12 academy occupied the building to demand action. They were outraged by the response to a video which featured White students counting down before blurting racist, homophobic, and misogynistic slurs. The video gained attention after circulating Twitter and eventually being reported on by The New York Times. However, school administrative officials did the bare minimum by only condemning the video without stating a plan for disciplinary action. Knowing only one of the students involved had withdrawn from the exclusive academy, students developed a plan to hold staff accountable. Thus, Students of Color Matter was born.

The standoff between students and staff lasted for 72 hours before an agreement was met. Each day the students, who developed a Twitter, Instagram, and petition, posted demands to their accounts. March 11th, the students began with a statement on Instagram:

“We are here today in light of recent events imploring those who desire to see out institution more forward to stand in solidarity with the students of color and white allies of the Ethical Culture Fieldston Community. Today a lockout will take place in the administration building (the 200s) as a means to force our administration to acknowledge the concerns we’ve been bringing to their attention over the past several years”

After outlining the reason for their cause, Students of Color Matter organizers detailed updates as well as their demands.

All or Nothing

The administration was sent an email by students which resulted in the head of the school, Jessica Bagby, alerting parents and students that “Fieldston campus will operate on a normal schedule.” The students also integrated a hashtag, which added pressure due to its discovery by major media sources. Despite the non-violent protest, there were two physical altercations which involved a history teacher and a parent attempting to enter the closed facility. Jessica Bagby’s inadequate response to the students’ demands and inability to commit to change is what ultimately caused the 72-hour standoff.

As of March13th, the students had roughly 3,000 signatures on their petition. Housed on their Students of Color Matter website, the organization calls for the following:

The use of racist and bigoted language are symptoms of systemic and institutional racism that plague educational institutions across the country. For this reason, we command the implementation of structural reform, such as long term curriculum changes, the admittance of more students and faculty of color, and racial sensitivity training for all community members.”

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Jaden Smith Brings Mobile Water Filtration System to Flint

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Jaden Smith Water Box

Flint, Michigan has been ravaged by a bad city-wide deal that resulted in tainted water for nearly five years. Now, Jaden Smith’s startup may provide a solution to the city’s needs water needs.

Called “The Water Box”, Jaden’s mobile water filtration device was unveiled in Flint at First Trinity Missionary Baptist Church. Able to produce 10 gallons of clean drinking water per minute, the actor-rapper turned philanthropist hopes the invention will help the community. Housed within the church, which previously distributed over 5 million bottles of water to the community, residents will be able to fill any container of their choice with clean water. However, they are required to do so during distribution times.

After Former Michigan Governor Rick Snyder ended the free bottled water program initiated by the state, Jaden and crew stepped up through JUST Water. JUST Water is a company that Jaden Smith became a partner of at just 12 years old. The company, which “combines for-profit energy and non-profit motives,” began from a desire to develop a filtration system to benefit poorer areas and nations. Making clean water more accessible, the company first launched in August 2018 in the UK.

Speaking about his community effort, Jaded remarked, “This has been one of the most rewarding and educational experiences for me personally. He added,” Working together with people in the community experiencing the problems and designing something to help them has been a journey I will never forget.” Jaden Smith plans to continue deploying more filtration systems across the city to benefit those in need and looks forward to aiding more places experiencing similar issues.

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