Join me, @ericachidi, and @karestankoeanan in a conversation organized by Harvard University. We cover important topics including mental health, shame, and racial injustice. Thank you Erica and Dr. Karestan for your brilliant insight and for leading through courage in vulnerability. (Link in bio for our full conversation).
An epic #tb to brighten your day. Hi, Ryan Gosling :) #RememberTheTitans (thanks mom for sending this pic ❤️👍🏻)
Happy birthday @sophiabush 😘🌹🍰 if ever there was a #wcw you are IT girl 💖 It has been an honor for me, as it has been for so many, to learn from you, to grow with you, and to expand our capacity of love. You never shy away from the hard things — you take them on w/ steady grace & a determined heart. Thank you for showing up and for bringing so much light to this world. 🌟🙏🏻 I know we can’t remember exactly how we met — but swipe to see a solid #tb ;) Loads of love!!! Xoxo
Watch as we chat costarring in Force of Nature together ... which is the perfect fun weekend movie if you haven’t seen yet! 🍿🌪⚡️🎥 (we’re the #1 Thriller on iTunes!)
ALL-TIME. GREATEST. STRAWBERRY. SHORTCAKE. *New post on KIND.EST 🍓🇺🇸🎇 (Happy 4th y’all!) Link in bio xx
Me and Happy are raising vital funds for our frontline health workers with @kindred_social and @Americares. Every purchase of one of these t-shirts provides resources for those fighting on the frontlines of COVID-19. 🌈 link in story 💕
#bekindbekindred #thankyouhealthcareheroes #clapbecausewecare
I am so grateful to be married to both my artist and my muse. I have always thought of Michael & my relationship interchangeable this way. From day 1, he lovingly encouraged me to pick up a camera and learn, to understand light, to search for and to grasp the feeling.
The first 3 pictures were taken on top of the Eiffel Tower, right before lockdown. I think these images depict what I mean by our interchangeable artist / muse dynamic. Pic 1, the way he sees me. Pic 2, the way I see him. Pic 3, no seeing, just feeling (& kissing :)
I love you darling, thank you for believing in me as much as I believe in you. (endlessly 💛) xx
LOVE IS LOVE. ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🤎 Thank you for the leadership @michelleobama — (pls read below) xx
Five years ago today, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the right to same-sex marriage. That evening, thousands of people gathered to celebrate in front of the White House, decked out in every color of the rainbow. Malia and I couldn’t just sit inside and watch this moment pass us by. So we snuck past the Secret Service agents in the White House, past our wonderful kitchen staff and into the humid air of a D.C. summer night. We joined in with everyone as anonymously as we could, just two more proud Americans cheering on progress and the simple—and newly constitutionally protected—fact: love is love.
I’ll never forget that evening. Not only was it the culmination of decades of hard work and struggle from countless LGBTQ+ activists, it had come during a particularly heavy week for many Americans. Earlier that day, Barack and I had attended the funeral of Reverend Clementa Pinckney in Charleston, South Carolina. Here was another instance of thousands of people coming together—this time in mourning of the nine beautiful souls we lost at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church—to share in their grief, their resilience, and their hope for a better world. It was a terrible tragedy, bound up in the sin of racial hatred. And yet—we all left that service overwhelmed by grace. Amazing grace.
Thinking back to that day reminds me of how much strength we can find in one another, in good times and in bad. We’ve seen it again over these past few weeks. Our grief and anger have been channeled into passionate protests. Lifelong organizers and first-time marchers of all backgrounds are joining hands and pushing for change. And we’re beginning to have new conversations, and see the start of some real, measurable progress. It makes me think back to nights like this one, five years ago today—a night that reminds us that the fight is worth it. Because a fairer, more just, and more loving world is always possible.
This is Elijah McClain. He was 23 years old. Elijah loved dancing & music. He played the violin for cats in a pet shop (slide 2) on his lunch break next door. He believed the music soothed the animals + put them at ease.
The third slide states Elijah’s words to the police LAST August, (that’s over 300 days ago), as they held him in a carotid choke hold (banned in most states, but not Aurora, CO where this took place).
On August 24th, 2019, Elijah McClain was walking home after buying some tea at a local convenience store. According to Elijah's family, Elijah, who was anemic, preferred to wear a ski mask to keep his face warm while he was walking. The Aurora Police Department received a call of a "suspicious man". The caller did not think the man was carrying a weapon or looked dangerous. This call resulted in Elijah's death. After the McClain family requested the bodycam footage from the officers on scene it was reported that in the footage,
"He is laying on the ground vomiting, he is begging, he is saying, 'I can't breathe.' One of the officers says, 'Don't move again. If you move again, I'm calling in a dog to bite you.” When the paramedics arrived they administered a dose of Ketamine to the already unconscious Elijah to "sedate" him. The amount of Ketamine administered was to subdue a 220 lb man. Elijah was a mere 140 lbs. He was pronounced dead on August 27th, 2019, at only 23 years old — of a heart attack. The officers on the scene were placed on temporary leave, however, they are back in the field with no charges.
Slide 4 is who to call to seek justice for Elijah McClain & his family. *Please also SIGN the petition for Elijah (LINK IN BIO), demanding that the city of Aurora further probe the death of Elijah McClain. He and his family deserve justice for his murder in which ZERO accountability has been taken.
No justice no peace. @justiceforelijahmcclain #justiceforelijahmcclain #blacklivesmatter
I love you daddy! Happy Father’s Day (my favorite photo of us, NYC at a restaurant called Paper Moon in 1989.) Thank you for always being there for me. I will look at you with love in my eyes every day of my life. ❤️ xx
9 years ago today, we went on our first date 🥰 6.21.20 happens to also be Father’s Day this year ... these pictures reflect our near decade long feeling ❤️ Captured by @jasperpolish , “her dad in love” xx
(In)Visible Portraits. My friend Oge Egbuonu directed her first documentary feature film + today it is released for all the world to see.
In Oge’s words, (In)Visible Portraits is “a love letter to black women.” Without the support of a major film studio, festival or network for distribution — (the project deemed too “unmarketable” ... “unsure of how to program” ... to that I say WTF.) In a forced act of artistic rebellion — Oge decided to release the film today, herself.
On Juneteenth. A day of extraordinary significance. Freedom. And yet. She, who has created something so prolific, academically, the film should be shown in every school across the country. She, who’s movie is threaded with poetry and the heartbeat of soul. Cinematically, her vision — a triumph.
Oge has penned a letter to introduce her documentary to us on KIND.EST. In her own words & accompanying a BRILLIANT OP-ED by Dr. Ruha Benjamin, ‘(In)Visible Portraits: Rewriting Our Cultural Code.’ The OP-ED expresses “a beautiful opportunity to be authors in shaping our new social contracts – with ourselves and with our depiction of Black experiences.”
Instagram family. In Oge’s fearlessness to take the delivery of this movie into her own hands (which is very rare + brave) — be there to catch it. Let her know you are listening. And willing. And open. Tell her you believe this story is MORE than worthy (when you hear that kind of industry “no”— simply, it feels like a no to you. And in this particular case, a “no” to black history. To black women.) Let her know WE SAY YES. Watch the movie. Your heart will be broken and resurrected all at once. To quote Dr Ruha: “What a gift to be alive at a time when the lights are turned all the way on!”
@ogetheyogi you are earth’s Love Warrior. And I love you. ❤️
(Link in bio for Oge’s letter, Dr Ruha’s OP-ED + link to film).