CNN’s Van Jones said it best during his commentary just hours before Donald Trump was elected president: “You have people putting children to bed tonight, and they’re afraid of breakfast. They’re afraid of ‘How do I explain this to my children?”
Jones’ alarming words rang true for celebrity fitness trainer Jillian Michaels, who was forced to have a serious conversation with her two children about who will be running the United States of America. But it was her 6-year-old adopted Haitian daughter Lukensia who was immediately heartbroken and devastated over the news.
“This morning I woke up and told my children that the fight for equality is FAR from over. That we must not bury our head in the sand. We must be strong and smart and fight hate and fear of what’s different with love,” she wrote.
“My daughter cried and my son comforted her. My only hope is that this will force us all to wake up, dig in, and face the future with resolve to continue fighting for unity, equality, love, understanding, peace… And most of all kindness.”
In the photo shared on the social media network, you see a teary-eyed Lukensia being hugged by her little brother, Phoenix. When looking at the image, you see fear in the eyes of the Haiti-born child who was adopted by Michaels and her partner, Heidi Rhoades, at the age of two.
“I’ve been to Haiti on and off since I was 27. I met her a year ago on a trip visiting orphanages for All Blessings International, an organization I work with,” Michaels told Ladies’ Home Journal back in 2012. “I was visiting this one orphanage and the next thing I knew she jumped into my arms. She just grabbed me and clung to me and I immediately felt something. I was like, ‘Oh my God, this is my daughter.'”
Trump has managed to reset fear in the hearts of millions of Americans — but as Jillian is teaching her daughter — all the country can do is move forward and keep fighting.
Netflix’s ‘Step Sisters’ Is ‘Bring It On’ … But Way More Woke!
Netflix is getting ready to “Bring It On” … in more ways than one. The streaming service’s new flick Step Sisters is reminiscent of the 90s dance film, but delves deeper into racial themes like cultural appropriation, tokenization and interracial dating.
In the film Megalyn Echikunwoke (Arrow) plays the president of a black sorority who is tasked with teaching one of the campus’ white sororities how to step for a charity competition. At first glimpse the film seems to be stepping into a can of worms — and had folks on Twitter up in arms, but the creators and cast told HipHollywood it isn’t about cultural appropriation but instead cultural exchange.
“There’s a strong political message, and there’s a lot of racial content,” said Nia Jervier. “But I think that the pill that may be difficult to swallow is dipped in honey, because it’s funny.”
What also helps is that producer/writers like Lena Waithe (Masters of None), Chuck Hayward (Dear White People) and Ben Cory Jones (Underground) are behind the project – so you know it’s woke.
“At the end of the day, Jamila the lead character in our minds she’s reaching over to show them a part of our culture. It doesn’t dilute our culture,” said Jones. ” And I love that we can take stepping and evolve that into issues of race and culture.”
Step Sisters begins streaming on Netflix January 20th.
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