Crowd-funding sites like Kickstarter and GoFundMe have been able to achieve some fantastic goals. They have also funded some really ridiculous stuff.
It was amazing news when LeVar Burton set record with his campaign for “Reading Rainbow.” The fundraiser was a shining example of what can be achieved when people come together for something positive. That’s what Kickstarter is all about!
On the other hand, there are people like this guy, who wants your help to fund and arm a militia that will be stationed at the border between Arizona and Mexico. And who could forget the guy that raised $70,000 to make potato salad? He’d only asked for $10 originally, and he way exceeded his expectations. Unfortunately, he lost about $30,000 in donations last week.
You have to take the good with the bad and the in between. More recently, one woman identified only as Yaya M. started a GoFundMe to gain white privilege. She’s looking to make about $135,000 in the long-run, but she’s currently at $3,675.
She presented her request with a lot of humor, but Yaya brought up some very real matters that have afflicted her for the majority of her life.
“Although I have layered oppressions that have affected my ability to access my slice of the American Pie™, no issue has affected me more readily than my lack of white privilege,” Yaya wrote. As a gainfully employed black woman, she’s been assumed to have been a direct beneficiary of Affirmative Action from her school days growing up all the way into her career. Moreover, she’s been told that her natural hair style makes her look unprofessional, and she’s had to fight against presumptuous that she is not as knowledgeable as her white male coworkers. “My lack of white privilege has created numerous obstacles as I’ve struggled to successfully compete in a white dominated workforce.”
She’s also hoping to recoup the loss in earnings she’s faced due to being underpaid because she’s not a white man. “As someone who has historically been classified by the United States government as a Black/African American woman,” she explained, “I’ve been earning anywhere from 63-69% of what a white man makes for the same work since I entered the workforce in 1999.”
The wage difference was an issue for Yaya from the day she entered the workforce. “Even if I control for part-time work as a teenager and consider increases in pay as I grew older/more experienced and changed my field, that still averages out to about a $9000 deficit for each year I’ve been employed,” she estimated. “Multiply that by 15 years of hustle and you have my total.”
This got us thinking: If we could start a Kickstarter campaign, what are some of the things we’d really love to have? Check out our list!
1. An End To The Light Skin Vs. Dark Skin Debate
It’s old. Can’t we all just agree that black people come in a range of beautiful shades and appreciate all of it?
It’s a running competition in the black community that one shade is better than another. We’ve attached stereotypes to people at different ends of the spectrum and it’s ridiculous. The debate has done nothing to reinforce the need to find value in how you naturally look and build self esteem. That needs to change, like right now!
Also, we’re really tired of rappers calling out different shades of women like we’re collectibles. It’s so stupid!
2. The Return Of ‘Girlfriends’ (New Episodes And A Movie)
“Girlfriends” was an awesome show that was cut down in its prime, and it never should have been yanked from the airwaves when The WB and UPN combined to form The CW. We never got to see Joan plan her wedding, which was the real brass ring she’d been chasing the whole time! And what about Toni coming back to Los Angeles for her big reconciliation with Joan?
Fans of “Girlfriends” were robbed, but a Kickstarter to resurrect the show could make it all better! Instead of having it air on BET under Mara Brock Akil‘s development deal with the network, though, we want to see it Netflix!
3. Free After-School Literacy Programs In Public Schools
Reading is fundamental, but not everyone can do it. It’s an essential life skill that has somehow escaped about 14 percent of the United States population. According to the results of a study done by the U.S. Department of Education and the National Institute of Literacy last year, 19 percent of high school graduates can’t read, so how they’re getting diplomas is a mystery! About 21 percent of adults read below a 5th grade level.
If qualified volunteers could spend a little extra time with kids after school to help them learn how to read and comprehend at higher levels at younger ages, we could see the illiteracy rate take a steep decline. That would be a beautiful thing!
4. Customized Theme Music On Demand
Nothing quite sets the tone for your day like starting with the right music! We need a self-generating playlist that is determined by our musical taste, as well as the rate and pressure of our footsteps (ex: leisurely stroll, model stomp, gotta-get-to-work gait, etc.).
It’s also got to be in tune with our general mood and daily goals. Music has the power to shift your gears, so a high-energy jam in your mid-afternoon slump might be just the thing you need to hear on your way back from lunch. And if it could come with positive affirmations between songs, that would be great!
5. Higher Ratings For Positive TV Shows
We see your comments on Facebook! You’re sick of “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta,” “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” “Basketball Wives” and nearly any other reality show on VH1. The outcry for positive programming is deafening! The only way to get it, though, is to tune in for the shows that you think have a positive impact on society. Who wouldn’t love to see more of Neil deGrasse Tyson on “Cosmos”? We would!
If we could get some money to give drama-free shows higher ratings, we would. Of course, then people would have to find something else to complain about.
Honorable Mention: Mandatory Money Management Classes In High School
Kids generally start working in high school, so it would be awesome if they learned the value of how to manage the coins they earn.
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100 Reasons Why I Can't Stop Looking At Blue Ivy
1. Mommy & Me
2. Blue. #May10 #NYC
3. Blue Ivy & Jay Z Sip Tea
Blue is surely the apple of Daddy's eye.
4. Blue Ivy & Beyonce Smell The Roses
Beyonce seems like the coolest mom.
5. Blue Ivy & Beyonce Soar The Big Skies
6. Blue Ivy & Mommy
7. Daddy & Me
Blue Ivy walks across mommy's at-home photoshoot, but it's the most adorable photobomb ever!
9. One Big Happy Family
The royal family, Bey, Jay & Blue are all out shopping and we're sure they spent our entire life's savings in 30 minutes or less.
10. Beyoncé, Jay Z & Blue in Beverly Hills — Nov. 11
Beyonce in these heels though?!
11. Beyoncé & Blue in NYC — Nov. 4
Look at Blue in her adorable little bow!
12. Beyoncé & Blue spotted in NYC — Nov. 4
Blue holding on to mommy for dear life.
13. Beyoncé & Blue spotted in NYC — Nov. 4
Momma Bey looking fierce with her mini me in tow.
14. Blue dressed as Michael Jackson.
15. Blue & Ivy
Just look at that face. Seriously, Jay could never deny this child! She knows how to make all his mean mugs!
16. Beyoncé, Jay Z & Blue in Beverly Hills — Nov. 11
Look at that cutie!
17. Beyoncé, Jay Z & Blue in Beverly Hills — Nov. 11
OMG Blue in a top knot? Yasss!
Blue has grown up to be an adorable toddler! We're swooning over this photo of her playing on the beach.
Looks like Blue is taking a walk in mom's shoes...literally.
20. Beyoncé & Blue
There's nothing like being cuddled up in mom's arms.
Blue is looking all kinds of adorable! Look at that left hand go! LOL.
22. Blue On The Big Screen
Bey & Jay look at Blue during a video played at an "On The Run" tour stop. How precious!
23. Pardon Blue's Back
She's growing up so fast! We're loving the top knot. Take that Blue Ivy hair critics!
24. Jump Around
Bey & Blue share an adorable moment on the trampoline. Hello summer!
25. Rocking Some Cute Ponytails
Blue Ivy was spotted with a new 'do! Bey & Jay's mini-me was holding on to her father during a little day stroll.
26. Strolling With Mom & Dad
Blue, Jay and Bey all spotted in East Hampton.
27. Blue Has A Manicure Day With Mama Bey
"Me and my Blue, and my Blue Blue, riding🐝"
28. Hanging Out With Mom
Baby Blue is walking to the door, and it looks like Bey is trying to keep up!
29. Trying On Some Heels
Will Blue be slaying a performance in the near future?
30. Holding On To Mom
Blue looks like she has something to say to Bey.
31. Playing A Game Of Tennis
Blue walks on the tennis court.
32. Cuddling With Mom
Blue & Beyonce have some much-needed cuddle time.
33. Blue Ivy
"The blueprint 🐝"
34. Bey & Blue Take A Stroll
Doesn't Blue look adorable with her colorful dress and cute hair ribbon?
35. The Carter Lounge Together
The family was seen out and about.
36. Jay Z Carries Blue While Bey Looks On
Jay carries Blue in his arms.
37. Leading The Way
Blue Ivy looks too cute with her bowler hat and Mama Bey watching from behind. She's really growing up!
38. Out On The Town
Blue Ivy & Momma Bey enjoy some much deserved time off in Spain.
39. Traveling With Mom and Dad
Blue is used to traveling with Mama Bey and Poppa Jay, but she also looked a little flustered at some moments. It's ok, baby Blue!
40. A Day At The Park
Poppa Jay Z lets Blue Ivy have her way with the bouncy horse.
41. It's A Family Affair
Beyonce, Jay and Blue jetsetting in Dublin.
Blue dressed up like a hipster and plays a quick game of peekaboo! How adorable!
43. OMG It's Blue's Beautiful Face!
FINALLY! We get to see how beautiful Blue is! Look at the adorable headband! "Blue 💙"
44. Blue Ivy
Life's a beach!
45. Brooklyn Stand Up!
"Beyonce & Blue"
46. Blue Ivy's Got Her Own iPhone
"Momma, what's your password?"
47. Beyonce's Lazy Day With Blue
"Momma, I asked you for your password!"
48. When Blue Ivy Takes Your Phone, Beyonce Be Like...
"Fine, I'll go ask Daddy!"
49. Blue Ivy On Tour
"Bey & Blue"
50. It's Playtime
Beyonce & Blue take some time out to play.
51. A Chilly Day In NYC
"Beyoncé, Jay Z and Blue Ivy in NYC - Jan. 19"
52. All Bundled Up
The royal family makes their way to their fancy car.
53. Kisses From Dad
Blue's all bundled up, getting love from Daddy.
54. Blue At The White House
Blue Ivy's taking after mommy and writing a letter.
55. Blue Loves Bo
The White House pup, Bo is showing Blue Ivy some love.
56. The Carters At The White House
Check out the royal family checking out the scene at the White House.
57. It's Christmas Time Again
Blue and Bey checking out the White House Christmas tree.
58. Blue Lovin' Bo
Blue Ivy, dressed like a Princess, showing Bo some love.
59. Like Father, Like Daughter
Blue playing dress up with Daddy's hat.
60. Fun Times With Mommy
Blue Ivy spends some QT with mommy.
61. Mommy & Me
Blue and Bey take a break for some snacks.
62. Silvery Blue
Beyonce carries Blue, while the adorable toddler rocks a metallic jacket that we want and need.
63. The Holy Grail
Blue, Bey & Jay
64. One Big Happy Family
"#miami #newyear #2014"
"Beyoncé & Blue 💙"
66. Blue & Daddy In A Blue Jacket
"Jay and Blue 💙 #NewYear #2014 #Miami"
67. Hold On To Me
"Happy New Year Mommy!"
68. Dora Dora Dora The Explorer
"Beyoncé, Blue and Dora the Explorer"
69. Daddy & Bey
"Look over there Blue, you own that too."
70. Blue's Big B-Day
"Mommy make sure they can only see the back of my head."
71. Painted Faces For Blue's Bday
"Let me get down Mommy, I wanna play!"
72. Kisses From Mommy
Beyonce and Blue prepping for Momma Tina's Masquerade Ball
73. Talk To The Hand!
Beyonce, Jay Z and Blue Ivy were spotted leaving Joey's restaurant in Miami, on January 8th, and Blue had a message for the paps! Talk to the hand!
74. Me & My Daddy
While Beyonce's arm rested, Jay carried Blue from Joey's restaurant, in Miami on January 8th.
75. Blue's First Words
"I'm ready to slay right along with you, Ma!"
76. Imagine The Sound Of This Lullaby
A newborn Blue Ivy gets serenaded by her superstar mother.
77. Don't Mess With Blue!
Every now and again, Blue Ivy reminds you...she is her father's child!
78. All Gold Everything
Blue Ivy takes after her dad's swag. The inseparable duo were spotted in South Beach, Miami illuminating the streets outside their hotel with their yellow luster!
79. All Of The Lights!
"Mommy! All the pretty colors are so blinding! I'm...just..so..overwhelmed! When's my shot coming?! When's my shot coming?!" Blue plays on set with Bey at her 'Blow' video shoot.
80. Hey Blue!
"I can be happy sometimes, see?"
81. Blue Ivy With Daddy
"Why are we clapping, again? I'm not in the shot."
82. Jay Z Tries To Get Blue To Listen To "Magna Carta Holy Grail"
"Daddy, I'm more of a Nas fan."
83. Stepping With Mom
"Wait, Ma. I want the camera to see all angles of this sick dress!"
84. Splashin' & Playin'
"Mom, this water is clean, right? Because I'm not trying to splash in water I can't trust."
85. Beyonce Discusses Important Matters
"Mommy, I completely get it. Yes, I promise to watch the throne."
86. Mommy's Hugs
"Ok, Ma. I love you to pieces, but I like oxygen too." Bey may be the Queen, but this scene from her video "Blue" makes it look as if she can't get enough of being Mom.
87. Blue Ivy Twirls
"Aaaahh, I'm having so much fun not thinking about anything...wiippeee...oh, wait...getting a little sick."
88. Just So You Know...
"I run things. Don't get it twisted."
89. Mommy & Me Loungin'
"Oh, Mommy, I'm so tired of seeing the wigs you snatched last night all on our floor. It's so exhausting. Like, when're they getting picked up? Not now? Oh. Ok."
90. A Kiss For Blue
"Mommy, let me sleep, dang!"
91. Slurpin' On That Milk...Slurpin' Slurpin' On That Milk
"Mommy, gimme that bottle!"
We could watch this adorable GIF of Blue Ivy nonstop forever!
93. Jay Sneaks In Kisses
"Dadddd! Get..Away!..I don't want...No, ugh..No kisses!"
94. Blue Stares Back...
"Hey! Who's that?!"
95. Blue Still Doesn't Get Why Anyone's Here
"No, really, who are you? You're getting to close."
96. Blue and Bey Out For Lunch
"I'm over this now. People just won't let us be. Mom, why can't we just be?!"
97. Blue Is One Tough Cookie
"Ma, please let me just kick them in the face. Like, please, I can't see through all these lights."
98. Blue Jetsets With Jay
"Dad, do we own this boat? I just figured we owned everything, so..."
99. Beyonce Keeps Blue Covered
"Mommy, I think you forgot my feet. I'm cold right now. Are we inside?"
100. Beyonce LOVES Her Blue
Look at that face, how could you not kiss it?!