Daaaaaang! Elle Magazine went IN on People! Well done!
“David Beckham was just crowned People’s ‘Sexiest Man Alive’, and while we don’t dispute his hotness, we couldn’t help but notice that the winner of this title has been white 29 out of 30 times (Denzel Washington was picked back in 1996). While it might seem trivial, the ongoing issue of the lack of diversity in the entertainment industry makes it more important than ever to highlight a more inclusive standard of what’s considered beautiful–for women and men alike. Here, we celebrate a diverse roster of 30 other deserving men who are sexy, alive, and not white.”
“I put the definition of feminist in my song and on my tour, not for propaganda or to proclaim to the world that I’m a feminist, but to give clarity to the true meaning. I’m not really sure people know or understand what a feminist is, but it’s very simple. It’s someone who believes in equal rights for men and women. I don’t understand the negative connotation of the word or why it should exclude the opposite sex. If you’re a man who believes your daughter should have the same opportunities and rights as your son, then you’re a feminist. We need men and women to understand the double standards that still exist in this world and we need to have a real conversation so we can begin to make changes." — Beyoncé, ELLE Magazine May 2016 Issue [x]
“It was very important to me that [Cookie Lyon] not be sassy and neck-rollin’ and eye-bulgin’ and attitude all the time. Everything she does is coming from a place of fighting for her family. That’s why she’s not a caricature.” - Taraji P. Henson
I mean, I’m an artist and I think the most powerful art is usually misunderstood. But anyone who perceives my message as anti-police is completely mistaken. I have so much admiration and respect for officers and the families of the officers who sacrifice themselves to keeps us safe. But let’s be clear: I am against police brutality and injustice. Those are two separate things. If celebrating my roots and culture during Black History Month made anyone uncomfortable, those feelings were there long before a video and long before me. I’m proud of what we created and I’m proud to be part of a conversation that is pushing things forward in a positive way.