We’re now almost halfway through 2020 and the statistics tallying the number of murders that have occurred this year in the trans community are alarming. Sadly when it came to the sacred month of Pride the trans community did not receive a break in these numbers, unfortunately.
Mack, whose body was discovered in a parking lot, is at least the 18th trans person to be killed in 2020.
According to reports, Mack’s body was discovered at 6:15 a.m and had sustained gunshot wounds. She was found in a parking lot of the Rosemont Apartments located in South Dallas. After her body was discovered, residents at the apartment claimed to police that they heard shots fired an hour beforehand. According to the Dallas Police Department, they never received a 911 about the incident. By the time an emergency response team came to the scene, Mack was dead.
Despite being an openly trans woman, reports by law enforcement and the local media deadnamed her.
The lack of support in using the deadnames of trans people has earned the ire of The Associated Press Stylebook GLAAD and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). AP urges reporters to use “use the name by which a transgender person now lives” and HRC has published trans reporting guidelines for police and members of the media. In a statement to BuzzFeed News, a spokesperson for the department has said that their “hearts go out to the grieving family who are trying to cope with the loss of their love one… Our detectives, as with all murders, are working diligently to find the perpetrator to this horrible crime.”
In response to Mack’s tragic death, LGBTQ+ groups have released statements honoring her life and legacy.
“Another Black transgender woman has had her life stolen from her,” Tori Cooper, a director of community engagement for HRC’s Transgender Justice Initiative stated an interview. “We cannot become numb to the fact that our community has learned of more killings of transgender and gender non-conforming people in the past few weeks than HRC has ever tracked in the past seven years.”
Mack is at least the 11th trans person to die since 2017 in Texas because of violence. Almost all of them have been Black women. Most recently, in May of this year, Helle Jae O’Regan was stabbed to death while at a barbershop in San Antonio.
The beloved singer-songwriter with a five-octave vocal range is calling for the use of that power with her latest music video for her new song “Save the Day.” The song which features Lauryn Hill summons her fans to take action this year and vote their hearts out. The new single comes from Carey’s new two-disc compilation album, The Rarities which is available now and is a reminder that when it comes to our future “it’s up to us.”
And while the message behind “Save the Day” is getting quite a bit of love for how powerful it is, really it’s its drive to elevate Black Stories that is getting attention.
To create the animated music video, Carey partnered with PushBlack, a non-profit media organization that produces Black stories, to honor Black influencers. Kerry Washington, PushBlack’s Julian Black, and the agency Maestra’s De’Ara Balenger and Zara Rahim worked to produce the film. Throughout the animated video, portraits of important Black people and essential workers come across the screen.
The video pays tribute to Black Lives Matter inspiration Breonna Taylor, Congressman John Lewis, Sojourner Truth, Fredrick Douglass, and trans activist Raquel Willis with powerful animations. The video also features essential workers.
This isn’t the first video created for “Save the Day.”
Carey issued another version of the video for the song at the opening ceremony for the Women’s U.S. Open. The animated version however works to illustrate the song’s themes in a way that works as a call to action to all watching to do their part in restoring our democracy.
“Our country is at a critical moment in history, and I felt compelled to do what I could using my platform of music to encourage us all to take action,” Carey said in a statement about the video. “My hope is that the ’Save The Day’ video will serve as an inspiring message and spark meaningful dialogue and action across the country, for each of us to do our part to save the day.’ The lyrics of this song are all about doing your part to make a difference and highlighting the impact that each of us can make. Whether you’re an essential worker, a protestor, a student, a young parent making it work, or a first-time voter, we each have a duty to support our communities.”
Speaking about her daughter’s appearance in the video, Tamika Palmer issued a press announcement.
“Breonna’s life was tragically and wrongfully taken from her, but her death cannot be in vain,” Palmer stated. “There is so much at stake and we all must do our part. Having my beautiful daughter featured in the video is a testament to our people coming together in the face of tremendous adversity.”
Check out the Lyrics to “Save the Day” below
[Intro: Mariah Carey] We’re all in this together You’re my only hope And it’s too divided, too deep to understand But if we don’t do it, tell me, who will? Oh, we always say these words that don’t mean too much I wonder, where is the love? It’s curious The fear still holding us down One day, will we look up?
[Verse 1: Mariah Carey] You got a right to your own opinion But when it comes to the world we live in Isn’t it time that we start rebuilding All of the things that have basically crumbled? We all tend to forget that We all cease to exist if Wе all live for ourselves If nobody bothеrs to find a solution
[Chorus: Mariah Carey] If he won’t, and she won’t, and they won’t, then we won’t We won’t ever learn to save the day, woah, oh If he won’t, and she won’t, and they won’t, then we won’t We won’t ever learn to save the day
[Verse 2: Mariah Carey] We’re all in this together You’re my only hope (Only hope) And it’s too divided, too deep to understand But if we don’t do it, tell me, who will? Yeah Always say these words that don’t mean too much I wonder, where is the love? It’s curious That fear still holding us back One day, will we look up? It’s up to us
[Chorus: Mariah Carey] If he won’t, and she won’t, and they won’t, then we won’t We won’t ever learn to save the day, woah, oh (To save the day, to save the day) If he won’t, and she won’t, and they won’t, then we won’t (Come on, come on) (Will we?) We won’t ever learn to save the day (Ever learn, no)
[Bridge: Mariah Carey & Lauryn Hill] La-la-la, la, la-la, la Woah, la Woah, la (Ah, ah, ah) La If he won’t, and she won’t, and they won’t, then we won’t We won’t ever learn to save the day, woah, oh (To save the day) If he won’t, and she won’t, and they won’t, then we won’t (And she won’t) We won’t ever learn to save the day, woah, oh (I’ma have to learn to save the day) If he won’t, and she won’t, and they won’t, then we won’t (All God’s children, all God’s children) We won’t ever learn to save the day (All God’s children, to save the day)
[Outro: Mariah Carey] We gon’ learn, we gon’ learn Said we gotta learn
If you’re looking to be more intentional about where you spend your cash, Nordstrom has just made your efforts to support Black-owned businesses easier.
The department store recently launched a new Inclusive Beauty online shopping category to highlight Black businesses. In a post to the site’s Inclusive Beauty landing page, Nordstrom encouraged users to “Check out these need-to-know Black-founded beauty brands that we’re proud to have in the Nordstrom family.” The new category includes beloved lines like Brioge, Epara and Beauty Bakerie!
Even better, the Inclusive Beauty section features a wide range of makeup shades to suit all complexions as well as hair products like silk pillowcases, and hairpieces.
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