When Nichelle Nichols wanted to resign from her role as Lt. Uhura, King said, “hol’ up, sis.”

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Martin Luther King Jr. & Nichelle Nichols as Lt. Uhura, via StarTrek.com

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday celebrating the only non-president to have an official U.S. holiday honoring them.

MLK Jr. Day holds an especially weighty meaning this year, sitting only a couple of days before this year’s U.S. inauguration that will, for the first time ever, formalize the role of a Black and female Vice President in the White House (shoutout to my fellow Black-Indian, Kamala Harris)!

In honor of Black women and their importance in MLK’s fight for racial equality, it’s important to highlight his efforts in saving Star Trek for Black people, by convincing Nichelle Nichols to continue playing her role as Lt. …

Those looks made for an event saturated in symbolism

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President Joe Biden, Dr. Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and Doug Emhoff at the 2021 Presidential Inauguration, via Reuters

Maybe it’s because I’ve spent most of Pandemic in various forms of athleisure and different iterations of sweats, but if there’s one way the Inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris filled me with inspiration — outside of the simple fact that we can once again find confidence in the Executive Branch’s ability to speak a coherent sentence — it was with the style that permeated the ceremony.

I mean, come ON — was that a political ceremony, or a preview of New York Fashion Week 2021!?

The symbolism intertwined in many of the outfits donned for this Inauguration should not be lost on us; and while Bernie Sanders stole the runway with his ‘Color Me Unbothered’ look, even those mittens represented a more hopeful future for America. …

This is how to get your content published in Unbounded’s publication

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Our logo is inspired by the Penrose Triangle, an “impossible object” that exists in spite of its logical impossibility. It is a reminder that anything is possible, even that which is deemed otherwise.

Who is she?

Unbounded Agency is a creative agency with a mission to center voices that are often left out of the fold.

Our publication is a collection of thoughts, stories, hilarities and tragedies that all relate in some way to culture or identity.

This publication is meant to inform, educate and celebrate through perspective. It is a space where multitudes of experiences can coexist.

Whether you are a writer or a reader, this is a space space for expression.

Our contributors are creatives from all walks of life; however we openly prioritize the voices of our queer family and communities of color.

What we will publish

Content that relates to culture or identity. This does not have to be a written piece. Any type of content that can be published on Medium is welcome!

You also do not have to submit non-fiction or serious pieces. …

A personal opinion of the best in Black music this year, from Afrobeats to UK Hip Hop and more.

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Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

I’m not even going to introduce this article with a “2020 was crazy” sentence and just jump right into it, by doing what we should all be doing everyday — praising Black people for being amazing.

Today, I am here to talk about how Black people have invented and pioneered so much in regards to the positive development of humanity, but our community’s contributions to music specifically continues to make me shooketh.

That being said, 2020 continued to deliver the heat in all realms of Black music, so I’ve done you the favor of compiling a list of Top 10 bops in Black music, broken down by genre and some other fun categories (“Bad Bitches Only” arguably doesn’t qualify as a genre.)

For the purposes of this article, we are basing the definition of Black music around Wikipedia’s…

It did so through these 20 life lessons (and then some)

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Photo by Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash

Ah, 2020. Where to even begin?

A year that has so effortlessly packed a couple of decades into 365 days — at least that’s what the age marks on my face suggest.

2020 has spawned an unprecedented expedition through a wider range of human emotion than I ever thought possible, and sees no signs of stopping at the year’s conclusion.

I certainly cannot speak for everyone, but despite all the pitfalls I’ve experienced this year, 2020 has been one of the best years of my life.

Whether or not I was ready for it, 2020 read me for filth — but ultimately for the better.

It’s served me (at least) 20 unavoidable truths that have wholly improved the quality of my life. …

Apparently “vegan” means wayyyy more than “plant eating.” Yikes.

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Photo by Chantal Garnier on Unsplash

Ya girl has sustained a plant-based diet for over a year now.

The verdict is: I love it. I’m inspired by all the benefits I’ve reaped. So I keep doing it. I also appreciate that eating plant-based is a way to support a healthy planet. But I don’t force my diet onto anyone else or judge others for not eating plant-based. Your body, your choice.

I know everyone has a different stance on this type of diet, but I never understood the intentionally negative reaction people have to the word “veganism,” like this and so many others I mistakenly mined on TikTok while scrolling #vegan.

I recently learned that it is largely due to the ideology behind the word itself; that “vegan” is a term that doesn’t just flatly mean “plant-only diet.” …

Why it is effective and how to cultivate it daily

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Photo by DESIGNECOLOGIST on Unsplash

The apocalypse seems to be happening in real-time. As the fatigue of 2020 digs its heels into our consciousness, we continue to face a smattering of challenges, sporadically rearing their heads before us like a game of whack-a-mole and affecting every aspect of life.

Our brains are in overdrive handling the perpetual trauma of this year; we are in dire need of an assist. How are we supposed to survive a viral pandemic, social unrest, and political uncertainty, all while trying to manage the stress, anxiety, and depression these events have exacerbated throughout our society?

Research is showing that overall mental health is declining, and the division of our society through divisive messaging is only fueling the fire. These factors alone are a lethal mix towards a deteriorating social fabric. …

“Don’t Stop” unconsciously centers queer culture in hip hop, shattering the norms of a traditionally homophobic space

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Megan Thee Stallion and Young Thug via Wikipedia

I am unabashedly, a Hot Girl stan

Megan Thee Stallion is one of the most impressive cultural icons of my lifetime. She is a fierce advocate for Black people, Black women in particular, and is an overt queer ally. I’ve always thought Megan Thee Stallion was a badass, but it was really the moment she dropped this video of her learning to dip, for me.

It goes without saying, Megan is an open supporter of the queer community, most explicitly demonstrated recently by being a part of the cast for HBO Max’s ballroom reality show, Legendary. Her latest video single, “Don’t Stop,” is a lyrical collaboration with Young Thug that delivers something akin to an Alice in Wonderland meets Edward Scissorhands looking, industrial metal soundscaped, fully hip hop, mini-ball. …

I can tell you right now this has nothing to do with politics

Rudy Giuliani’s drip clearly has a different agenda.

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Google Images

Honestly, I didn’t come here to wax poetic about politics. But I think this image speaks a thousand words and elicits a thousand more drags.

Thesis: Rudy’s drip, like the rest of the world, is over it.

She couldn’t have run quickly enough down his face to get the hell out of there!

I actually emailed Rudy’s drip today and got an, “Indefinitely Out of Office” auto-reply. It would benefit Rudy’s boss to take some notes.

Rudy’s drip is a metaphor for the meltdown of a career. His eyes look just as surprised in this picture as the world is disgusted by him, falling apart in real time. …

Today is Trans Remembrance Day. Show up as an ally.

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Lena Balk via Unsplash

We are currently in week 47 and day 323 of 2020.

To date, the HRC reports 37 violent deaths of transgender people in the United States. Transrespect versus Transphobia Worldwide’s yearly report has documented 350 violent deaths experienced by trans people globally this year.

That is one violent death almost every 9 days in the US, and almost 1 violent death a day worldwide.

Note that I am specifically speaking about violent deaths, not deaths that were caused by homelessness, lack of health care, or the other slew of disparities in quality of life that transgender people face simply due to the discrimination they face.

These numbers can’t even take into consideration those deaths that have been misreported or not reported at all. …


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