Celebrities Are Amplifying Black Women's Voices With #ShareTheMicNow
After musicians like Lady Gaga and Selena Gomez offered their Instagram account for Black Lives Matter leaders, a group of disruptors, including Bozoma Saint John, Luvvie Ajayi Jones, Glennon Doyle, and Stacey Bendet, are launching #ShareTheMicNow. Through the initiative, Black women will be speaking on the accounts of notable white women, including actors, athletes, politicians, and C-level executives.
The #ShareTheMicNow campaign hopes to showcase the work Black women are doing to bring about change in their respective industries. But a statement from the ShareTheMicNow campaign hopes that the Instagram takeovers are just the first step and that the conversations spark action and activism.
More than 40 conversations will take place tomorrow, including Alexis McGill speaking with Elizabeth Warren, Bozoma Saint John in conversation with Kourtney Kardashian, Fresco Steez with Megan Rapinoe, and Eunique Jones Gibson working with Katie Couric.
Through the conversations, the organizers want to amplify voices that have gone unheard, even though many have been shouting for their respective causes.
"Today, more than ever, it is necessary that we create a unifying action to center Black women’s lives, stories, and calls to action," a statement from the organizers reads. "We need to listen to Black women."
Through the conversations, the team hopes that Black and white women everywhere will have the same conversation and foster relationships built on trust and understanding.
The full list of Black women includes:
Alencia Johnson, Alexa Idama, Angelica Ross, Austin Channing Brown, Bozoma Saint John, Brittney Cooper, Candace Marie, Cari Champion, Christina Rice, Deesha Dyer, Devi Brown, Elaine Welteroth, Elle Hearns, Eunique Jones Gibson, Fresco Steez, Gia Peppers, Ibtihaj Muhammad, Jessica O. Matthews, Jovian Zayne, Julee Wilson, Justina Omokhua, Kahlana Barfield Brown, Keah Brown, Kimberly Blackwell, Latham Thomas, Lauren Wesley Wilson, Lindsay Peoples Wagner, Luvvie Ajayi Jones, Melina Abdullah, Miatta Johnson, Monique Melton, Myleik Teele, Naima Cochrane, Nikki Ogunnaike, Nimotalai Ganiyu, Opal Tometi, Rachel Cargle, Activist, Seun Adigun, Stephanie Thomas, Stephanie Young, Tai Beauchamp, Tarana Burke, Thasunda Brown Duckett, Tiffany Aliche, Yaba Blay, and Yvette Noel Schure.
They'll be speaking with:
Abby Wambach, Ali Krieger, Arianna Huffington, Ashley Graham, Ashley Judd, Ashlyn Harris, Barb Schmidt, Brandi Carlile, Brené Brown, Busy Philipps, Cameron Esposito, Chelsea Handler, Cheryl Strayed, Chrissy Metz, Debra Messing, Diane von Furstenberg, Elizabeth Gilbert, Esther Perel, Glennon Doyle, Gwyneth Paltrow, Hilary Swank, Jen Hatmaker, Jenny Mollen, Jessica Seinfeld, Julia Roberts, Julianne Hough, Kathryn Budig, Katie Couric, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Kourtney Kardashian, Liz Plank, Mandy Moore, Megan Rapinoe, Melissa Urban, Michelle Monaghan, Nina Tame, Sara Bareilles, Sarah McBride, Sarah Paulson, Sarah Sophie Flicker, Seane Corn, Selma Blair, Sophia Bush, Stacey Bendet, and Sue Bird