Black Women Converged On The National Mall In Washington D.C. In Peaceful Protest

On Saturday, September 30, The March for Racial Justice and the March for Black Women convened on the National Mall in Washington D.C. to bring attention to the specific injustices Black women face.

It’s no coincidence that the two events were held on the same day. Racism and sexism are often seen as two separate topics for their respective groups. However, for women of color facing intersectional bias on the daily, the two issues go hand-in-hand.

In an interview with the Washington Post , Farah Tanis, the executive director of Black Women’s Blueprint, the organization behind the March for Black Women, spoke out about the decision to hold the march on the same day.

“I said to myself that there will not be another March for Racial Injustice that does not truly center on black women and their issues,” Tanis said. According to its website, BWB aims to “Bring Black women, girls, and gender non-conforming people into full and equal social, economic and political participation of mainstream American society.”

During parts of the D.C. rally, protestors can be heard chanting “Black women matter” and “Shame!” A Game of Thrones reference? Possibly.

Dorcas Davis, of the March for Racial Justice organization, also explained to the Washington Post that the organization began planning the march after a police officer was acquitted in the killing of Philando Castile.

Castile, a Black man, was shot by a Minnesota police officer during a routine traffic stop. His girlfriend captured the disturbing incident on camera.

In a longer public statement, organizers for the March for Black Women also specified the reason behind today’s gathering:

“…In this highly political moment of the 20th anniversary of the Million Woman March, the March for Black Women will amplify the struggles of Black women in the rural South—the “Black Belt”, and demand a cease and desist of all threats to those of us who are immigrant women across the country living in fear of deportation.”

Smaller satellite marches took place in communities across the country. A number of participants showed solidarity on social media.

Check out some of the moments from the day below.

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Oh Dear, The Stars Of "Sex And The City" Are Low-Key Shading Each Other On Twitter Right Now

*Sips Cosmo*

You might have heard that a third Sex and the City movie was supposed to start filming in the next few weeks.

You might have heard that a third Sex and the City movie was supposed to start filming in the next few weeks.

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And you might have also heard that, just a few days ago, the project was unexpectedly shut down.

And you might have also heard that, just a few days ago, the project was unexpectedly shut down.

Warner Bros.

Sarah Jessica Parker, aka Carrie, was the first to break the news in an interview with Extra.

Sarah Jessica Parker, aka Carrie, was the first to break the news in an interview with Extra.

“It's not halted. It's over. We're not doing it,” she said. “I'm disappointed. We had this beautiful, funny, heartbreaking, joyful, very relatable script and story.”

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While SJP seemed a bit ~frustrated~ in the interview, she didn’t reveal the reasons why the project had been scrapped.

While SJP seemed a bit ~frustrated~ in the interview, she didn't reveal the reasons why the project had been scrapped.

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Someone Threw A Shoe At Jennifer Hudson While She Was Performing And She Was Actually Really Excited About It

Duck and cover.

During a phenomenal performance of “Try A Little Tenderness” last week on The Voice, Jennifer Hudson borrowed Miley Cyrus’ shoe and threw it at contestant Chris Weaver as a compliment to his performance.

During a phenomenal performance of "Try A Little Tenderness" last week on The Voice, Jennifer Hudson borrowed Miley Cyrus' shoe and threw it at contestant Chris Weaver as a compliment to his performance.

All four judges threw papers, and Adam threw his shoe as well.

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She talked about the stunt on Late Night with Seth Meyers where she made it clear that, while some may interpret it as a sign of dissatisfaction, it’s actually a good thing. She said, “It is a compliment. Well, at J Hud productions it’s a compliment.”

She talked about the stunt on Late Night with Seth Meyers where she made it clear that, while some may interpret it as a sign of dissatisfaction, it's actually a good thing. She said, "It is a compliment. Well, at J Hud productions it's a compliment."

“When somebody's singing for me, you might catch a shoe.”

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Now it looks as if the shoe is on the other foot. (Sorry, I had to.) During a concert in Boston Friday night, a fan Jennifer had brought up on stage threw his shoe at her during her performance of “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going.”

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I told my crew I said lord people r going to start throwing shoes at me after @nbcthevoice and yal that just what happened tonight ! I got my first shoe thrown at me tonight ! lol I could barely finish my song after this guy got done ! Lol to much ! I love it !! #boston


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Cara Delevingne Talks About He Struggle With Depression As A Teenager

Cara Delevingne explained her past struggles with depression and suicidal feelings as a young adult, and how they helped her capture the angst of her teenage protagonists in her new book Mirror, Mirror in an interview with Net-a-Porter’s The Edit magazine.

In the interview, she explained that her mental health began to suffer stemming from struggles in school. “If I fail at something, it’s the worst thing in the world because I never forgive myself,” she shared with The Edit. “I didn’t feel like I was ever good enough. The fact I couldn’t do as well as other people made me hate myself. And you’re made to feel that once you get a mark, like a C, that’s your mark in life; that’s you as a human being. That really sat with me for a long time.”

Delevingne shared that she felt weird and different as a kid and how she lacked the ability to express those feelings. “I wish I could have given myself a hug. I wish I’d known that I was still in there somewhere, that I wasn’t my own worst enemy, that I wasn’t trapped. That if you can hold on for dear life — because being a teenager can feel like you’re on a rollercoaster to hell, that’s what it honestly felt like to me — you can get through it. Time moves on, feelings pass, it does get better.”

Her feelings of alienation and loneliness continued, leading to a break from school at the age of 15 to receive treatment for depression. “I was very good at disassociating from emotion completely. And all the time I was second-guessing myself, saying something and then hating myself for saying it. I didn’t understand what was happening apart from the fact that I didn’t want to be alive anymore,” she explained.

Since seeking help and treatment, Delevingne is now in a much healthier place. “I know it sounds really stupid, but I relied too much on love, too much on other people to make me happy, and I needed to learn to be happy by myself,” she said. “So now I can be by myself, I can be happy. It took me a long time.”

Delevingne delved into the YA fiction writing world, with a book set to be released October 5. In a post on Instagram earlier this year, the new author announced that she was publishing a book with a teaser of the plot saying, “Mirror, Mirror is a twisty coming-of-age story about sixteen year old friends Red, Leo, Naima and Rose who are all trying to figure out who they are and navigate the minefield of school and relationships. Until it all changes one day… (que scary music) I love these characters so much, I love what they stand for, what this story represents. The process of putting this novel together has been life changing and something I hold really close to my heart!! I cannot wait to share with everyone!”

Another pinch me moment!! Announcing my first novel Mirror, Mirror, coming out this October! SO EXCITED !!! Mirror, Mirror is a twisty coming-of-age story about sixteen year old friends Red, Leo, Naima and Rose who are all trying to figure out who they are and navigate the minefield of school and relationships. Until it all changes one day… (que scary music 😵) I love these characters so much, I love what they stand for, what this story represents. The process of putting this novel together has been life changing and something I hold really close to my heart!! I cannot wait to share with everyone! You can pre-order Mirror, Mirror now by clicking on the link in my bio… lets start one big virtual book club!!! Cause I want us to talk about this time in life, self discovery, friendship, pain, triumph!! Being a teenager!! The experiences that shape YOU! #MirrorMirror

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If you are thinking about suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or the Suicide Crisis Line at 1-800-784-2433.

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