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The End of #RelationshipGoals?

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The post-“Lemonade” era has begun. A little over a year ago, you could have found pictures of celebrity couples plastered all over Instagram captioned #relationshipgoals. When Beyoncé released “Lemonade”, people found themselves attempting to sort through the album’s cryptic lyrics to confirm whether it was just good music or life imitating art. Was everyone’s favorite entertainment couple in trouble? Is it possible that their relationship wasn’t perfect? Whether the album was autobiographical or not remains to be seen, but it created a ripple effect that we are still feeling this year.

2017 hasn’t reached the halfway point, but it has already shaped up to be the year of the breakup. From Mary and Kendu, TI and Tiny, to Jesse and Aryn, and Lala and Carmelo, this year has been rough on Black love. To see your favorite celebrity couples fall from grace has been disheartening to many. Rumors of infidelity, illegitimate children, financial disputes, it all sounds like a plot for a Lifetime movie. I mean who would have thought that Mary J. Blige had her own “Becky with the good hair”? The fairytale of perfect relationships is officially over.

The truth is you never know what someone is going through or what anyone’s relationship is besides your own. It is silly to think that the carefully curated photos, cute videos released on IG culminating with an anniversary or birthday, and other public displays of affection could represent the nuances of any relationship. The goal of social media is to create a perception of perfection, not show the cracks in the system. So before you caption a photo of your favorite celebrity couple #relationship goals, remember that they are just human beings like you and me. Considering the stories from the last few weeks, I’m sure you don’t want any of those types of relationships. To quote J. Cole “There’s no such thing as a life that’s better than yours”. Remember, even salt looks like sugar.

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  1. Robyn

    May 26, 2017 at 4:46 am

    No relationship goals for me! I choose to remain lonely, angry, bitter, hurt, sad and dignified. #proudfrustratedsingle 🙂

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      Leslye

      May 26, 2017 at 2:50 pm

      I love the hashtag! Thank you for your comment! Stay wonderful!

  2. Latrecia Gayle Washington

    May 30, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    this was a good read. Very valid points on social media smoke and mirrors.

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      Leslye

      May 30, 2017 at 2:04 pm

      Thank you for your feedback! I’m glad you liked it. Stay wonderful!

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Amidst all the difficult news we’ve been facing these past few weeks, we wanted to give you something to smile about. You might remember Keedron Bryant, the 12-year-old boy who went viral after posting a video of himself singing “I Just Wanna Live,” a song written by his mother that tells of being Black in America and just wanting to live.

Keedron’s performance was noticed by everyone from former president Barack Obama, who referred to him and posted the performance in a statement on the murder of George Floyd, to comedian Ellen Degeneres, who closed her show with his full video. 

Just when we thought this story couldn’t give us any more feels, it was announced that Keedron was officially signed to Warner Records and his viral hit would be released on all platforms Friday, June 19, otherwise known as Juneteenth, a day marking the end of slavery in America. 

Congratulations are definitely in order for Keedron Bryant.

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Netflix CEO, Reed Hastings, along with his wife, Patty Quillin, are donating $120 million dollars in total to Morehouse College, Spelman College, and the United Negro College Fund. The $120 million will go towards scholarships for the students. Each college will get $40 million.

According to the United Negro College Fund, this is the largest single donation by individuals.

In a statement Hastings and Quillin said, “We’ve supported these three extraordinary institutions for the last few years because we believe that investing in the education of black youth is one of the best ways to invest in America’s future.”

This isn’t Hastings’ and Quillin’s first time donating to HBCU’s and minority education. In 1997, the two began supporting the KIPP charter school network which helps black and latino students. In 2016, Hastings created a $100 million dollar education fund for black and latino scholarships.

“HBCUs have a tremendous record, yet are disadvantaged when it comes to giving. Generally, white capital flows to predominantly white institutions, perpetuating capital isolation. We hope this additional $120 million donation will help more black students follow their dreams and also encourage more people to support these institutions — helping to reverse generations of inequity in our country,” says Hastings and Quillin.

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