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5 Black Women Who Deserve Recognition

By Simone Soriano February (the shortest month of the year) is known for being Black History Month, but it is also Women’s History Month as well. While numerous black women deserve mention in this article, here are just five black women that deserve recognition. 1) Ida B. Wells (1862 – 1931) Long before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus, Wells refused to give up her seat on the train. When a gang of men forcibly removed her from the compartment, she later sued the company and won. Her most significant achievement was her anti-lynching journalism- documenting lynches down in the south and exposed them for the horrors that they were. 2) Marsha P. Johnson (1945 – 1992) Johnson was transgender, a drag-queen, and a significant player in the LGBT rights movement. Johnson helped led the Stonewall Riots of 1969 in New York when police officers raid the Stonewall Inn to arrest people for the grand crime of being Gay(Tm). 3) Bessie Stringfield (1911 – 1993) Beginning in the 1920s, Stringfield …

Millennial artists use Instagram to shine light on social justice issues

Written by Pamela Ardon, Staff Writer As social media continues to grow, Instagram has become the new media outlet for millennial artists to showcase their artwork. This new generation of artists is using their artwork to express their views on social justice issues that are often dismissed or ignored. In other words, museums and art galleries are not so much the first choice anymore. Artists (mainly from ages 18 to 25) use their Instagram accounts to shine a light on subjects through all creative platforms including music, literature, film, drawings, paintings, photography, and more. However, they are also pushing and challenging the boundaries that art industries have normalized. Ojo Agi, 24, uses her art to explore and address the issues of race, gender, and cultural identity. The Nigerian-born self-taught artist aspires to tell stories that people of color and any background can relate to. She challenges to break the “myopic lens where women of color are often portrayed,” as well as gain a deeper understanding of what beauty means to her. “I hope in viewing …