Views from the Revolution
Inspired by the Black uprisings, we recognized the need for a space centered on Black Folks expressing ourselves unfiltered. The revolution is taking place in our workplaces, theaters, politics, even within and amongst ourselves. This space is dedicated to documenting our voices, experiences, thoughts and opinions about the revolution. We invite you to read these pieces and continue the dialogues with your community!
In November, the app Muslim Pro was uncovered for selling data and location of its Muslim users to third-party vendors, including the U.S. military.
Plugged founder, Jeffrey Bissoy, I spoke with Black Muslim, Sagal Ali, about the Muslim Pro scandal, her faith journey, and her message to young Muslims struggling to stay disciplined. keep up with prayers in the absence of the app and the ongoing global pandemic that has already robbed us of so much.
In November, the American Medical Association declared that racism was a public health threat. Plugged Founder Jeffrey Bissoy spoke with med school student Faith Crittenden on how she and a group of med school students pushed the AMA to make this historical decision.
Black designer and activist Isak Douah was abroad in Amsterdam, when George Floyd was killed several blocks away from his childhood home in South Minneapolis. Plugged Founder, Jeffrey Bissoy, interviewed him about coming home, working security at the George Floyd memorial and becoming a gun and mental health advocate.
Over the summer, Founder Jeffrey Bissoy connected with two Afro-Frenchmen in their twenties, Ritchie and Sammy, about their experiences with racism and their thoughts on Black Lives Matter in France.
In a critical essay, Zander Tsadwa, writer and founder of Across The Culture (ATC), invokes the writings and teachings of James Baldwin to remind us that “ending racism is up to white folk.”
On September 3rd, beloved actor, Chadwick Boseman, was laid to rest in his hometown of Belton, Southern Carolina. Writer Chelsea Herrera takes a moment to commemorate his impact on her life and Boseman’s everlasting legacy.
Plugged Public Statement on creating safe space and community for ALL Black folx, and releasing co-founder David Peterson from his role and ALL involvement with Plugged.
As the WNBA commences its season in the ‘Wubble,” sports writer Jasmine Brown takes a moment to highlight the many ways that WNBA players have fought for social justice and why they deserve the most respect.
In our fight against white supremacy, Reverend Todd Campbell teaches us the importance of being anchored and finding your center.
Johnniqua Charles’s “Lose Yo Job” remixed by DJ Suede became the anthem of the Black Lives Matter movement. Plugged music writer, Chelsea Herrera writes about the song provided Black joy amidst the revolution.
Advertising and marketing expert Kifaya Taha writes about why it’s time for the “white elephants” in the room to acknowledge racism and combat white supremacy in the advertising industry.
Minneapolis playwright Malick Ceesay pens a moving piece on why he fell in love with theatre and why, across the country, diversity and equity must take center-stage.
In hopes of helping more people understand the protests that are creating change across this country, lawyer and Seattle native, Thaddeus Gregory, wrote a letter to a loved one about why the protests are happening and will continue until justice is had and change is made.
Crafted is a poem by poet and writer Sahra Yousuf on her emotions and thoughts during the Black uprising.
During a global pandemic and our movement to end racism, educator and community engagement coordinator, Robin Wonsley, reminds us the importance of maintaining our peace and joy.
Liberian-American and councilman of Falcon Heights, Minnesota, Yakasah Wehyee, contextualizes the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis and why we must all understand the modern Black uprising.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion leader, Tiffany J. Poole, put together a list of eight ways employees and managers can better support Black people in the workplace. Step one? Reading this article.
Since the start of the Black uprising, photos of Black children have gone viral with countless captions and comments stating, “She’s so strong,” or, “She’s so brave.” Is it necessary for our kids to be strong or brave, in the face of racism and police brutality? Faith Nwachuku-Taite asks, “Why can’t our kids just be kids?”
Khuaten Maaneb de Macedo is a third year medical student at the University of Minnesota. She writes about her experience as a Black volunteer medic at the frontlines of the Minneapolis protests.
Afro-Dominican human rights lawyer and Amnesty International human rights campaigner, Elina Castillo Jimenez, reflects on how George Floyd’s passing awakened her ancestral trauma, forcing her to break her silence.
C Terrance Anderson is a North Minneapolis resident and Director of Community Programs and Community Based at Cura. He writes about the challenges of heading back to work as a Black man and why returning to normal isn’t an option for Black people.
As we celebrate Juneteenth, honoring the freedom of the last enslaved Africans, in Galveston, TX., on June 19th, 1865, Plugged co-founder, Jeffrey Bissoy, says Beyoncé’s “Freedom” should be the official anthem of Juneteenth.
Afro-Venezuelan writer and poet, Julio Suaréz, documents his experience of being black in Venezuela and the many countries he’s travelled to and lived, including the U.S. and Spain.
When Notre Dame de Paris was on fire, the whole world prayed for Paris. As Black people are being killed by Police, tech analyst, Asia Rawls, asks, “Who is praying for Black people?”
Mia jackman, a St. Paul resident, was a volunteer driver during the Minneapolis protests. She shares her experience of driving strangers around Minneapolis with her sister, as the city became a battlefield
Co-Founder of Plugged, Jeffrey Bissoy writes about his frustrations of being a witness to the burning of his city and the unrest that followed. He explains why he and Plugged are working to be present in the fight against racial injustice.