Is June really over? How is the Fourth of July THIS WEEK?! This year has been the most insane of our lives, but it’s still hard to believe that it’s more than halfway done. One of the most interesting and unexpected things to happen in 2020 is that many are working on themselves and simultaneously holding others accountable. We’re seeing that trend reflected in the headlines this week. 

Jada Pinkett Takes on Shane Dawson

As much of the world continues to shelter at home during this global pandemic, many public figures have been called out for some of their past behavior. YouTuber, Shane Dawson, is definitely among them. While some have focused on earlier content that included blackface, someone shared a disturbing video of Dawson sexualizing a minor. 

In the clip, which was shared on Instagram, he appears to be simulating masturbation while standing in front of a Disney poster of Willow Smith. At the time, the daughter of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith was just 11 years old. 

Pinkett Smith tweeted a message that simply (and effectively) said, “To Shane Dawson … I’m done with the excuses.” Her son, Jaden, who is also Willow’s brother, reacted in a string of tweets including this one that said, “SHANE DAWSON I AM DISGUSTED BY YOU. YOU SEXUALIZING AN 11 YEAR OLD GIRL WHO HAPPENS TO BE MY SISTER!!!!!!  IS THE FURTHEST THING FROM FUNNY AND NOT OKAY IN THE SLIGHTEST BIT.”

Dawson has addressed his problematic past in a video titled “Taking Accountability” and directly commented on the controversy surrounding Willow.  “I swear on my life, I am not somebody who would ever talk about a child, like in seriousness, I would never talk about a child in any way that is inappropriate,” Dawson said. “That is disgusting, that is gross, it is not something I would ever do. It is something I did for shock value or because I thought it was funny or, like ‘Oh my god, my child molester character,’ or whatever. It’s all gross and I promise that is not real, that is not me.”

Faith Hills Wants Mississippi Flag to Change

As the Black Lives Matter movement continues to impact our society, many have reflected on symbols that harken back our country’s painful past with slavery. As a result, we’ve been seeing organizations, businesses, and individuals distancing themselves from the Confederate flag. 

Country star, Faith Hill, took to Twitter last week to implore her home state of Mississippi to change its flag to remove the Confederate emblem. She wrote: “I am a proud MS girl and I love my home state. When I think of Mississippi, I think of my mom and dad, the church I grew up in, high school football, and where I fell in love with music. Now, it is time for the world to meet the Mississippi of today and not the Mississippi of 1894 (when the MS legislature voted on the current flag).”

“I understand many view the current flag as a symbol of heritage and Southern pride, but we have to realize that this flag is a direct symbol of terror for our black brothers and sisters,” Hill continued. “I urge the Mississippi legislature to vote tomorrow Friday, June 26 on ONE NEW FLAG, one that represents ALL of the citizens of Mississippi.”

Mississippi, the last to display the Confederate battle emblem, has voted to change the state flag.

Beyoncé Honored at BET Awards

On Sunday night, Beyoncé was honored with the Humanitarian Award at the 20th annual BET Awards after being introduced by Michelle Obama. The former First Lady pointed to Beyoncé’s efforts to raise awareness by calling out sexism and racism, “and paving a path for new artists who are trying to navigate the music industry.”

The 38-year-old, 24-time Grammy winner said during her acceptance speech, “Your voices are being heard, and you’re proving to our ancestors that their struggles were not in vain. We have one more thing we have to do to walk in our true power because there are people banking on us staying at home during local elections and primaries happening in states across the country. We have to vote like our life depends on it because it does.”

In addition to encouraging everyone to get out and have their voices heard in the 2020 election, Beyoncé reminded everyone to “continue to be the change you want to see.” It might not seem like it sometimes, but we can still make the choice to unite rather than remain divided.

In case you missed it… here are a few more noteworthy stories:

  • Mary J. Blige Unveils Her New Sun Goddess Wines Collection
  • Kate Middleton Narrates New Video About One of Her Favorite Sports 
  • Lori Loughlin Resigns from Bel-Air Country Club
  • Jennifer Hudson Demands Respect in Electrifying New Trailer for Aretha Franklin Biopic
  • Carrie Fisher’s Daughter Billie Lourd Is Engaged
  • Michelle Obama Encourages People to Vote In Passionate Roots Picnic Speech
  • Kelly Clarkson Sends Sweet Message to Estranged Husband Brandon Blackstock After Daytime Emmy Win
  • Khloe Kardashian Goes Brunette for Her Birthday, Rocks Sheer Dress and Giant Ring