In memory of: George Floyd, Trayvon Martin, Ahmaud Arbery Denkins, Breonna Taylor, Gregory Gunn, Samuel DuBose, Brendon Glenn, Freddie Gray, Natasha McKenna, Walter Scott, Christian Taylor, Michael Brown Jr, Ezell Ford, Eric Garner, Akai Gurley, Laquan McDonald, Tamir Rice, Yvette Smith, Jamar Clark, Rekia Boyd, Shereese Francis, Ramarley Graham, Manuel Loggins Jr, Sean Bell, Ronald Madison, Kendra James, Amadou Diallo, LaTanya Haggerty, Michelle Cusseaux, Tanisha Anderson, Bettie Jones, Philando Castile, Botham Jean, Atatiana Jefferson, Eric Reason, Dominique Clayton and others.
I love doing live streams. I love Disney World, Universal, and all of the theme parks and attractions around Orlando and beyond. I love bringing you with me on adventures and into my life. However, even though I do consider myself a “distractor” and an entertainer of sorts, it is important that having a platform such as mine, no matter how small it may be, bears a certain responsibility and this is where the ‘in real life’ content must be discussed.
I am speaking of the horrific and tragic murder of George Floyd, a black American man who was suffocated by police officers in Minnesota as well as other black Americans who have been killed in this country unjustly. In this age of social media and all aspects of our daily lives and circumstances that happen around us being shared by every day people, it is important for those of us who do have followings to use our voices to speak against injustice, inequality and wrongs in society just as we love to showcase what is good on our channels, such as Disney, charity fundraisers and community projects that aim to bring unity and conversation between those of us who have the ability to enjoy that relationship with our audiences.
As of today, Wednesday, June 3rd, I will not be posting any regular content on my social media platforms to stand in support of those that are speaking out and creating conversations to bring positive and lasting change. Following #BlackOutTuesday yesterday, I will continue to stand in solidarity with those that have to undergo the stress and real fear of being looked at, treated unjustly and not being valued in this community and this country. I am not a politician or an activist and will never profess to be. I am just a youtube creator, hoping to use my voice in whatever small way I can, to provide awareness and a sense of togetherness and productive conversation for a common purpose.
Below is the video explaining my feelings and the reasoning behind going dark for the week. Thanks to everyone for your support of this movement. I will be posting relevant content through the week that is meant to put focus on this issue and hopefully help you if you are wanting more information as well. I know that I will always strive to become a better person every day and am constantly learning the best way to do that. If you would like to donate I have listed some organizations supporting Black Lives Matter as well as social awareness organizations. If you cannot donate, please share out this message, start or engage in a conversation with friends and family, use your social media to raise awareness.
Funds that Disney is matching for Cast Members:
Equal Justice Initiative https://bit.ly/3gK4o2G; Rock The Vote https://bit.ly/2Y1plh9; League Of Black Women https://bit.ly/3eKLUgK (If you are a Cast Member, please donate here) http://matchinggifts.disney.com/