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“Each of us has talents and gifts that help to make the world a safe space for all.”
We will all be telling our children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren what it was like living in America in 2020. Is it too much to say that we are exhausted? I know I am. Breonna Taylor was only 26 years old when she was murdered. Ahmaud Arbery was 25 years old when he was murdered. I am 25. When you think about your own mortality, the deaths of your peers start to weigh on you.
Over 200,000 Americans have died from COVID-19. As a country, we are under the leadership of a man who has threatened a coup if he does not win the presidential election. John Lewis is gone. C.T. Vivian is gone. I look at my peers and the generation behind me and wonder what the future will be like for us. As our parents and grandparents age and retire, we will be in leadership roles, creating laws and building communities and families of our own. We are the change.
We have marched in the streets. We have torn down statues. In some municipalities, we have changed laws. In November, we elect not just the president. Depending on where you live, your ballot may include a vote for mayor, sheriff, district attorney, judges, governor, your state legislator, and your senator and representative in Congress. In November, we vote for everything that matters.
Here is an excellent resource from the New York Times on what you need to do to make sure your voice is heard: https://nyti.ms/3cDdEUU.
In this issue of SoulVision Magazine, our cover story is founder and co-founding editor BK Fulton. He shares with us his vision for Soulidifly Productions’ future and what lessons he hopes we will learn in the midst of America’s racial awakening.
Elsewhere, we honor social justice advocate and leader Dr. Iva E. Carruthers. Also in this issue, DeNita Turner helps us to stay positive, NFL vet Antoine Bethea supports families facing evictions, fashion designer Alvin Thompson designs eco-friendly fashion for all, Louise Keeton writes stories that educate and empower, and Kristen Peyton creates beautiful art for some much-needed escapism. Lastly, chef Tye Hall fixes up a superb dish.
Each of us has talents and gifts that help to make the world a safe space for all. Let’s start planning what that vision looks like today. Thank you for supporting our magazine. You get a new look when you have SoulVision.
“I look at my peers and the generation behind me and wonder what the future will be like for us.”