12 June Selena on Instagram: Please meet Kendrick Sampson (@kendrick38)

@selenagomez: Please meet Kendrick Sampson (@kendrick38). He is an actor, activist and founder of the non-profit initiative BLD PWR. BLD PWR engages culture, education and activism to build and train an inclusive community of entertainers and athletes to advance radical social change. Partnering with grassroots causes and organizations, the purpose of BLD PWR is to increase action and civic engagement with a primary focus on uplifting and protecting the most vulnerable by undoing systemic oppression and combating state violence at the intersection of gender, immigration, economic, educational, environmental and racial justice movements.

Kendrick is best known for his role on HBO’s comedy series “Insecure,” where his character Nathan grapples with mental health and lives with bipolar disorder. Kendrick uses his voice to empower marginalized communities and to shine light on issues of inequity. His activism is focused on racial justice, specifically intersectionality within criminal justice reform and uniting the oppressed Black, Brown & Indigenous communities. He is social justice leader, an abolitionist and stood on the front lines at Standing Rock and efforts of Black Lives Matter in LA and beyond. Kendrick is taking over my Instagram today!⠀⠀

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In America, we haven’t ever prioritized mental health. To understand what’s happening in this country right now, we really have to understand the historical and current trauma forced on Black people. We haven’t ever had a time in our history where Black and Indigenous people have been allowed a chance, time or resources to truly heal. In fact, the systems that we accept and participate in every day – capitalism, policing, prisons, colonization etc – have explicit roots in oppression that target our communities physically, spiritually and mentally. People are energized by the #DefundthePolice movement because they see a good chance to take those funds – over 100 billion dollars nationwide – to transfer them to new community based systems that address the root causes of problems that police should not ever be required to handle (including mental health, substance abuse and homelessness). We can imagine and build new systems – a world where everyone has the care, nutrition, shelter and income they need to be well – a world that doesn’t need police. Wouldn’t that be beautiful? 🖤🙏🏽 That’s what would truly #LiberateMentalHealth #BLDPWR ⠀ ⠀ Book recommendation: Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome by Joy DeGruy ⠀ Accounts that I mentioned in the video @mvmnt4blklives @osopepatrisse @docmellymel @blmlosangeles @cpdaction @housingjustice4all @sistersong @blackvisionscollective @ignitekindred @thedreamdefenders @texas_organizing_project ⠀ ⠀ — Kendrick Sampson (@kendrick38)

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