Gotta Love, Gotta Hate

Let's cut to the chase: the political climate we live in today is all over the place. I mean, there are pros and cons. Rhandi, Honestie, and I are three young black women, and the world is constantly changing in ways that will determine our future. These are our thoughts on what we’ve been witnessing.

Miah: I recently did an interview with Medium and explained the exact same thing I’m going to explain to you all. The society we live in today relies too much on hashtags to do the job for us. For example, a young black man gets killed, becomes a hashtag, and is talked about for two weeks before he’s forgotten. We are too worried about fashion, music, and even art to realize and acknowledge that this world is falling apart. Don’t get me wrong, I love all three of those subjects, but we need to do more than just use hashtags. It reminds me a lot of Childish Gambino's music video ​for “This Is America.” ​If you take a closer look at the background, there's chaos—but if you look at Childish Gambino and his dancers, it’s clear they’re distracted and oblivious to the horrible things happening around them. 

Honestie Smith: Political figures who we choose to support come from rich backgrounds or some sort of high standing and work to make the wealthy more wealthy while shaming the country for being poor and not allowing a process that could ultimately make America’s economy much greater by creating resources for lower class citizens who also contribute to American society. 
Also, black people don’t just wake up one day and decide to sell drugs—we’re racially profiled almost everywhere we go, which makes it harder for most of us to obtain better jobs and a better education. And as college tuition and scholarships are getting higher, it’s becoming more difficult for people in poverty in general.

Rhandi: We are fortunate enough to live in a time that’s more accepting of change and difference, especially for Generation Z. My generation is rising in the work force and has a lot of opportunities due to technology! Thanks to social media, anything and everything can be broadcasted and shared. For some that may not sound like much, but it gives us creatives and entrepreneurs a voice and a platform to share our opinions and art. People are being found, scouted, recruited, and signed, all from these pages and websites. We’re being given this space to voice our opinions, our thoughts. 

The world is slowly becoming more accepting of fluid gender roles, more cautious towards mental health, and better at listening. Everywhere you look, there’s a magazine, public figure, or some kind of blog addressing and speaking on crucial issues. We are on the rise to building something that’s bigger and greater than all of us. Freedom of speech through social media is allowing the world to speak on what we believe.

Written by Somiah Nettles, Rhandi Purnell, and Honestie Smith
Photos and direction by Somiah Nettles

Modeled by Rhandi Purnell

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