I belong to the youngest millennials. Born in 1996, I remember floppy disk, dial up, and massive desktop computers in my childhood. I was in a generation that learned the Dewey Decimal system but also the art of internet searching. Quickly, libraries and books faded out and Wikipedia gained immense popularity. I have used Wikipedia for everything from homework assignments to winning meaningless arguments.
The internet has become a space for intense social activism especially in the black community and communities abroad. With hashtags gaining national and political attention like #blacklivesmatter and #oscarsowhite small movements online can result in massive social movements. In this age some millennials rely on the Wikipedia or Buzzfeed as a security blanket for fast information about topics surrounding popular culture.
On March 2, 2016 the movie trailer for the highly anticipated film Nina was released and caused great controversy and conversation across several social media platforms. The movie, Nina, is an adaptation of the life of Nina Simone, a celebrated music artist and activist from the 1960s.
Many women feel pressure in public spaces to respond in ways that are different from their natural personalities. Whether it is at school, work or doctor’s office we can be made aware of the kinds of stereotypes we are asked to reinforce on a day to day basis. On top of that Black women can feel pressure in public spaces to represent that which will dispel stereotypes such as being loud, angry or so-called ‘ratchet’- even when feelings of anger in a particular situation could be a valid and acceptable response.