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If Anthony Mackie's Emotional Call For Change Doesn't Touch Your Heart, You Have No Hope

"We have to do something.”

Anthony Mackie has made headlines this weekend after giving a moving interview about police brutality on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.  

The Marvel star, who portrays Falcon (and now Captain America) in the MCU, openly spoke about his personal experience with racial injustice in the United States. In the interview, he explained that he had to have a lengthy conversation with his sons about George Floyd’s death and the concept of police brutality. They’re 11 and seven years old.

“You know, it’s interesting. Being a father of sons,” he said.

“You have to open your kids’ eyes to the world they live in. And you know, when I was growing up, like most boys, you want to be a fireman or a police officer. You want to be a first responder in some way.

“And then it comes, the harsh reality of the day that you have to tell your kids that, you know… You have to open their eyes to what the world is around them. To how police view them as young Black men.”

Mackie continued, speaking about how his boys understood the tragic realities that Black people face but stressed that they couldn’t comprehend “the lack of humanity in a person to do that to another person”….“when literally their [police’s] code of honour is to protect and serve”.

The actor went on to talk about how a recent opportunity to visit the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee (the site where Martin Luther King was killed) changed his life. Growing emotional, Mackie said:

“I was able to stand out on the balcony where Martin Luther King was assassinated. And it blew my mind to think that this man worked so hard and gave his life, and here we are 50 years later, 55 years later, dealing with the exact same thing. And that’s what hurts.”

As the interviewed continued, Anthony Mackie shared that his experience on that balcony drove him and close friends of his to say, “we have to do something”. So starting his decision to campaign to get one million men to register to vote, and make a political change, in the United States.

There were parts to this raw and touching interview that echoed Dave Chappelle’s Netflix special 8:46 in which he speaks to audiences about the fact that the impacts of slavery and the realities of racial injustice were “not a long time ago. It’s today”.

Chappelle’s monologue touched on the power of the current Black Lives Matter protests and how long this incredible injustice has carried on. Speaking to activists and protests, he said:

“You kids are excellent drivers and I’m comfortable in the backseat of the car. So, carry on, young ones.”

Dave Chappelle in 8:46: “This is the streets talking for themselves, they don’t need me right now.” Credit: Netflix

The videos from Anthony Mackie and Dave Chappelle are moving examples of honest emotion, and personal accounts of the nightmare (to quote Chappelle) Black people are living through. Give them both a watch. And prepare to be deeply moved.

If you’d like to contribute to the Black Lives Matter movement, consider donating to BLM, the NAACP, The Loveland Foundation, Bridging The Gap Foundation For Indigenous Health and Education, and the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Alliance. Blak Business is also a great resource for supporting Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander businesses, voices and stories in Australia.

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Even More Scathing Accusations Come Out Against ‘Glee’ Star Lea Michele

“She’s a very unpleasant person.”

If you’ve had access to an internet connection in the past week, chances are that you’ve heard about the growing list of complaints against actress and singer Lea Michele.

The former ‘Glee’ star was confronted with a wave of accusations of racism and general nasty behaviour from ex cast-mates, and it appears that despite her underwhelming apology, those accusations will not be slowing down anytime soon.

Cringe. Credit: 20th Television

Trans singer and model Plastic Martyr has taken to social media to share her story with Lea Michele, and well… it’s as upsetting as you’re probably assuming.

Plastic Martyr wrote on Instagram that her interaction with Michele was in a bathroom at an Emmy’s awards night. According to the singer and model, Michele chastised her for being in the women’s bathroom, leaving Martyr feeling “self-conscious and embarrassed”.

Martyr recalled that as she reached for the soap to wash her hands, she said “excuse me” to Michele. Reportedly, Michele turned and said “Excuse me?! Excuse me?? Excuse you… you realise you’re in the women’s bathroom”.

In her post on the exchange, Martyr wrote that she wasn’t hoping to kick off more hate or “cancel someone’s career” but rather, highlight the kinds of experiences trans people contend with:

“It’s to hopefully open people’s eyes up to the horrible transphobia that exists but no one really talks about. The press doesn’t cover transgender stories or trans people, our experiences often go ignored. Trans people aren’t the enemy, and we aren’t the punchline to your jokes. Since the rest of the world tries to silence us it’s our job to use our voices and share our stories and experiences. Hopefully one day soon people will start to understand and respect trans people instead of villainizing or mocking us.”

According to Page Six, Michele is taking all this criticism on board and is vowing to do better. It’s reported that a friend of Michele’s told The Post that this has been a “wake-up call”.

“Lea was a bitch to a lot of people who are now taking the opportunity to come forward,” a source told the publication.

“She may not be the nicest person, but she’s not racist, sexist or transphobic. I would say she has behavioural issues that she’s dealing with. She is listening, she hears what everyone says and wants to apologize. This is her past and she wants to handle things responsibly.”

That, or she’s desperately trying to mend her public image. Either way, this kind of behaviour can’t continue.

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Billie Eilish Talks About The Impact Online Bullying Had On Her Mental Health

“It still feels bad to be hated on, no matter what you try to tell yourself.”

Warning: The following piece deals with content that might be triggering for some.

Being a famous person in the digital age must be a tricky thing.

Social media means that with a few clicks, or taps of the finger, almost anyone is reachable at all times. And while certain (weak) protections are in place, the Internet can be an angry place; full of senseless trolls with loud opinions.

As we’ve seen too many times, online bullying (any bullying) is a violent, dangerous form of abuse that can have dire consequences. And in a recent interview with GQ Magazine, Billie Eilish spoke about how the impact of online trolls almost cost her life a few years ago.

Billie Eilish poses on the red carpet on arrival for the BRIT Awards 2020 in London. (Photo by TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images)

When asked about her experience of online bullying Eilish told GQ:

“Oh, God. It’s unbelievable…”

“I almost killed myself because of Twitter a couple of years ago. Like, for real.”

The 18-year-old musician shared that after an onslaught of negativity on the social media platform, she found herself “drowning” in hate. Thankfully, however, help from family and friends along with years of mental health support means Eilish is now in a much better place.

That doesn’t mean that the vitriol has stopped, though:

“Even if I try to avoid it, which I do now, I end up seeing it, because those fans, who are actually defending me, repost and respond to the original criticism in their feed,” Billie Eilish said.

“I can’t win. I tried turning comments off on Instagram, but, you know, I feel equally as bad doing that; I can’t shut myself off completely. Instagram puts comments by those you follow, my friends, at the top of your post, but if you go one comment too far, my whole world is destroyed. I try so hard not to read the hate…”

“The thing I realised recently is this: when you get to a certain level of fame or notoriety, it doesn’t matter what you say or do, you are a certain level of known. You will be super hated. And super loved.”

And no, it doesn’t get easier with time and increased popularity:

“It still feels bad to be hated on, no matter what you try to tell yourself.”

What’s abundantly clear, and has been for some time now, is that mental health struggles do not discriminate. People of all levels of success experience the pain that online bullying can impart. So, think before you post, yeah?

If you or someone you know needs support, help is available. Call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

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