Havana Chapman-Edwards on Activism and Girl Power

Photo Courtesy of Jessica Holmes and Megan Landmeier Photography/Teen Vogue By Stephanie Younger •  7-year-old student activist Havana Chapman-Edwards (@TheTinyDiplomat) was the only student at her school to participate in the national school walkout to honor the victims of the 1999 Columbine school shooting. Her story went viral and captured the attention of CNN, Refinery29, … Continue reading Havana Chapman-Edwards on Activism and Girl Power

“Lift Us Up, Don’t Push Us Out:” Art 180 Opens Exhibition About School Push-Out

Photo Courtesy of Stephanie Younger By Stephanie Younger •  Art 180 is an RVA-based organization that gives marginalized young people the opportunity to create change by expressing themselves through music, poetry, dance, and more. On Friday, October 5th, they opened "Lift Us Up! Don't Push Us Out!" a mixed-reality exhibit that raises awareness about the … Continue reading “Lift Us Up, Don’t Push Us Out:” Art 180 Opens Exhibition About School Push-Out

The Story Behind the Hashtag “#HelpNotDeath”

Photo Courtesy of Stephanie Younger By Stephanie Younger •  At an art build for the National March For Justice and Reformation for Marcus-David Peters, I met with Princess Blanding, a co-founder of Justice and Reformation to interview her about how the murder of her brother, Marcus-David Peters motivated her to take action. The Richmond Police … Continue reading The Story Behind the Hashtag “#HelpNotDeath”

A Conversation With Patrisse Khan-Cullors

Photo Courtesy of Dana Washington/L.A Record Magazine By Stephanie Younger • On June 11, I had the unforgettable experiences of meeting Patrisse Khan-Cullors (@Osopepatrisse), briefly after she accepted the "Next Generation Award" at the ACLU National Membership Conference, and interviewing the artist, organizer, and writer, who founded Dignity and Power Now, and co-founded Black Lives … Continue reading A Conversation With Patrisse Khan-Cullors

Black Lives Matter Activist Nupol Kiazolu on Womanism

Photo Courtesy of Agaton Strom Photography By Stephanie Younger •  The murder of Trayvon Martin ignited a fire within a then 12-year-old Nupol Kiazolu "that [she's] never felt before." "I couldn’t fully articulate how I felt at the time, but I knew I was angry," she wrote in a post on Instagram. "A few days … Continue reading Black Lives Matter Activist Nupol Kiazolu on Womanism