5 Black Activists Pepsi Should Have Used Instead of Kendall Jenner

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Granted no company should exploit the plights of living in Trump’s America and Pepsi may never recover from using Kendall Jenner as the face of millennial activism.

Through correction, the commercial should not imply that a simple can of soda will fix the tensions between protesters and police, rather the focus should be towards the awareness of activism and the company’s cooperation in being proactive against racism, sexism, Islamophobia, and homophobia.

Most importantly, to know is that Kendall Jenner has no connection to the struggle, so at least cast someone who is relate-able with POC.

If it was up to me, these 5 celebrities would be on top of my list:

1. Amandla Stenberg

She is a black girl who identifies as bisexual and woke on black girl issues. As a maturing woman, her voice and activism could re-establish intersectionality that white feminists failed to accomplished.

2. Keke Palmer

She is a beautiful unapologetic black woman who fearlessly calls out sexism and racism. The best thing I like about her is that she is a household name, we watched her grow from her role in Akeelah and the Bee to her woke music career.

3. Jesse Williams

His powerful speech at the 2016 BET Awards was a reminder that black women are the pillars of the black community, and that our children deserve an adequate and equal education, especially on the black experience. His activism is not based on popularity or trends, but the sincere feelings from his heart.

4. Amber Rose

Even though she has faced criticism from other feminists, regardless, her feminism should not be neglected because it does not fit in with white liberal feminism. The Slutwalk gave voices to women who were teased and abused for their sexuality or raped. Amber Rose told the world that women should not be shamed from liking sex and that men should take notice on how slut-shaming affects girls and women.

5. Beyoncé

No one can resist Beyoncé’s activism, which is flawless and deserves no criticism from people who don’t understand how she defines feminism or black womanhood. “Formation,” along with her album Lemonade,  defined activism in the heights of police brutality and sexism. She is not tone-deaf or silent on any issues affecting women, LGBT community or POC.