National anthem singer at Miami Heat game takes knee, wears Black Lives Matter shirt during performance

Doing it for us people fighting for a place in this country! Much respect. #Love it!

Beauty is not long hair, skinny legs, tanned skin or perfect teeth. Believe me. Beauty is the face of who cried and now smiles, beauty is the scar on your knee since you fell when you were a kid, beauty is the circles when love doesn’t let you sleep, beauty is the expression on the face when the alarm rings in the morning, it’s the melted makeup when you have a shower, it’s the laughter when you make a joke you’re the only one who can understand, beauty is meeting his gaze and stopping understanding, beauty is your gaze when you see him, it’s when you cry for all you paranoias, beauty is the lines marked by time. Beauty is what we feel in the inside which also shows outside us. Beauty is the marks the life leaves on us, all the kicks and the caresses the memories leave us. Beauty is letting yourself live.
—  Emma Watson

On July 31st of 2013, SM Entertainment publically filed a lawsuit against Wu Yifan (WYF), citing his commercial activities in China as violation of his contract and the reason for this lawsuit. For this, WYF gave this studio the right to release this statement:

On January 15, 2008, WYF traveled to Korea alone and became an SM trainee in order to fulfill his dream of becoming a celebrity. After signing a contract with SM, the company continuously delayed WYF’s debut plans. After finally debuting in 2012, WYF encountered another issue: the company had suddenly canceled his part (after a few weeks of practice). When WYF asked the manager about it, SM forced him to leave EXO (lasted for a few months), purposefully putting his career on hold. After negotiations and returning to the group, WYF continued to experience oppressive treatment and unfair distribution of resources. During the comeback, the manager’s prejudice in combination with a high workload and little rest led to health problems. In July 2013, WYF began relying on IV drips and shots to maintain his energy and work until he returned to China in January 2014 to find that he had myocarditis (T/N: IF THIS IS TRUE THEN OMG SM). However, SM didn’t arrange any treatment or rest. With the unequal treatment, lack of opportunities (as in SM didn’t allow him to develop), and lack of future plans, WYF lost faith completely.

Because the reasons above, WYF filed a lawsuit on May 15, 2014 at the Seoul Central District Court, asking the court to rule his contract with SM as void (T/N: not sure if this is official terminology, but y’all know what I mean). On May 14, 2015, the court gave its decision and confirmed that SM must give all rights of management outside of Korea to a third party determined by WYF. The studio believes that the court’s ruling is fair and just, yet after a year of this, SM continues with another lawsuit, unhappy with the court’s ruling. SM does this to stall the process of canceling the contract, further keeping WYF from living his life and doing his job.

WYF has and will always be grateful to SM and the people who helped him grow as a celebrity. He accepted the court’s decision before and will continue to follow the legal rulings on his contract lawsuit.

At the same time, WYF has hired a professional team of lawyers, Chinese and Korean, to assist in the lawsuit, and he will continue to fulfill his work commitments in China. Until the lawsuit is finished, WYF and the studio will no longer speak about the lawsuit and anything related to the mess between SM and WYF. Everything will be handled by the lawyers.

WYF Studio

*trans by dorkstal on OH

Stop Transgender bullying at “On The Road Again” shows

Our fandom has a lot of people from different gender identities beyond cisgender. All of them should be respected.

At the Pittsburgh stop of the OTRA tour, an 18 year old trans girl and volunteer of Rainbow Direction was pointed and laughed at, and was also photographed without her consent. She reported that the bullying didn’t come from younger fans, but adults.

This kind of behavior isn’t acceptable. Most trans teens are still coming at terms with who they are, they shouldn’t have to deal with this on top of it as bullying will trigger their insecurities and oppress them.

It is also important to refer that concerts are supposed to be an environment of safety, comfort and community. If you see your friends, family or even a complete stranger attempting to bully someone and it is safe for you to do so, please educate them and explain to them that it is wrong.

Make it clear that derogatory jokes/remarques shouldn’t be excused or tolerated.

If you have become a victim of bullying, harassing or abuse, these resources can be helpful.

You can inform yourself about transgender and transexual people in our TMHFN Trans Series.

You can learn more about fighting transphobia here.

And you can learn more about how to act around a trans person here.

I’m infuriated the reality of this world leaves me fearful for my own. Being a woman of color, I can truthfully state that I don't feel safe around those who are sworn to honor and uphold the law. I shouldn’t have to worry anytime my father walks outside the front door of our home. I shouldn’t be afraid of that he may be taken away from and shot dead because of false perceptions that all black men are dangerous regardless of education or status. There have been too many senseless murders by officers that have gone unpunished. The government is not doing a very good job at policing their own. It seems that nobody cares that this targeting is happening to people of color until it hits home in their backyard. I also believe that those who are non black should take action and be vocal about these tragedies taking place regardless of fear. The first step is to be truthful and acknowledge that racial problems remain in this country. Sadly on social media and news outlets minorities are always depicted as violent criminals and people who are lazy, don’t want to work and live off of welfare. Donald Trump, the man that wants to be our president and run the free world, can take it upon himself to go on social media and make offensive comments about every minority group but remain silent about something as important as this. Why is there not enough conversation about gun violence in our communities. People are always talking about guns in the hands of responsible gun owners but yet we have police officers that completely abuse that right. A society that does not trust what is suppose to be good and fair only creates chaos and resentment towards authority. WHERE DOES IT END? We need more problems solvers of injustice instead of those giving lip service. Injustice has no skin color or boundaries. #BlackLiveMatter
—  Normani Kordei on the recent murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile