It’s been almost a week since a gunman killed nine at the historic Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. On Sunday, hours after the church reopened their doors, residents and supporters came together. Thousands of people gathered for a march across the Ravenel Bridge to show support for the families of those who lost their lives. The group of people, many of whom held hands to create a human chain, spread out for more than two miles, from Mount Pleasant to Charleston. “I’m a member of an A.M.E Church, and I just wanted to come out and show my support for my fellow brothers and sisters who lost their lives,” said 32-year-old Jawanna Goodwin. “This is a beautiful, beautiful turnout. I love it. My heart is so full right now.” Many of the people held signs that bared the words “We stand united” and “Forgiveness is key to unity.” All of those in attendance held hands and took a five-minute moment of silence to remember the victims. There were reportedly 10,000 to 15,000 people who participated in the demonstration. Read more.
Lauryn Hill Debuts Nina Simone Cover
Nina Simone’s documentary What Happened, Miss Simone? has received rave reviews and many legendary artists are hopping on the soundtrack that will accompany the film. Songstress Lauryn Hill released a cover of Simone’s hit “I’m Feeling Good,” and she recently gave fans a snippet of another called “I’ve Got Life.” The song is inspired by Simone’s 1968 single “Ain’t Got No, I Got Life.” Hill thought releasing the politically poignant track was fitting in the wake of the tragic AME church shooting in Charleston. “Watch the words, how they twist them/Two-thirds of the world turned victim/Subtle energy that capture and block chi/The unseen violence behind a democracy/Some call it hypocrisy,” she raps on the song. “Invisible ink in the Constitution, meant to preserve the institution/Uneven distribution of wealth, goods and services.” Read more.
The New Spider-Man is Black and Latino
The comic industry has taken new strides in becoming more diversified. In recent months, it was revealed that Captain America was Black, and now Marvel has revealed that their revamped Spider-Man series will include a half-Black, half-Latino teenager playing Spider-Man. “Our message has to be it’s not Spider-Man with an asterisk,” said writer Brian Michael Bendis. “It’s the real Spider-Man for kids of color, for adults of color and everybody else.” Read more.
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