In the past, diversity in the fashion industry was essentially non-existent; from models on the runway to the masterminds behind the development of fashion magazine issues, fashion typically did not make space for Black, Indigenous, and other people of color.
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Celebrities–whether musicians, actors, or influencers–are unfortunately susceptible to bullying and harassment from society and even members of their own fanbases. These hate comments can range from the celebrities “lack of talent” to even trivial and irrelevant comments about how these celebrities should live their lives. And with the rise and progression of social media platforms such as Instagram and TikTok, it has become much easier for people to share rude and hurtful comments about these celebrities online for everyone to see.
Being a teacher in America is difficult –– from having to set aside time to create detailed lesson plans, staying up late to grade piles of assignments, to receiving a low salary –– this job is definitely not for the weak. These problems are even more of a challenge for those who work in low-income or inner-city schools as they are usually poorly underfunded; these teachers are forced to adopt the role of a therapist, caretaker, and janitor. Working at schools that manage limited sources also brings a financial load; staff members oftentimes must take money out of their already low salaries to finance classroom supplies that the school cannot afford.
Are Black Creators on Tik Tok Finally Getting the Recognition They Deserve? A Look Into Jalaiah Harmon
TikTok has provided many of its users with influencer platforms, allowing them to express their talents through a variety of creative forms including dancing, makeup advice, and cooking tutorials, among other things. Since its rebrand from Musical.ly in 2017, the viral social media app has connected “TikTokers” with brand deals from a variety of companies seeking to gain more business exposure. However, with the structure of the app's algorithm, Black TikTokers receive less exposure on the app’s main “For You” page than their white counterparts, and are rarely given credit for the dances and trends that have undeniably contributed to the app’s success.
On July 26, 2021, American gymnast Simone Biles took the opportunity to open up about the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and how peoples’ unrealistic expectations for her have been extremely overwhelming. “I truly do feel like I have the weight of the world on my shoulders at times,” Biles wrote in the caption. “I know I brush it off and make it seem like pressure doesn’t affect me but damn sometimes it’s hard hahaha!”