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For over two decades The Challenge has proven to be one of the biggest cable television shows on MTV.
Every Wednesday night fans of the hit reality show tune in, excited to see their favorite cast members as they fight to win a grand prize.
Outside of the competition, our challenge favorites are stepping up and fighting a different battle, but a familiar one to many.
Across the country Black Lives Matters protests have taken off, after a black man named George Floyd was killed due to police brutality.
Whether it’s posting on social media, having conversations with friends, or educating themselves; we’re taking a look at how some of your Challenge favorites are showing their support during this important moment in history.
Johnny Bananas and Leroy Garrett:
Credit: Leroy Garrett’s Twitter Page
Long time best friends, Bananas and Leroy decided to use their platform to educate fans on what was going on in the country, and to have an important conversation about race while on Instagram Live.
“This is also educational for me, and for other people out there, because I’m hoping I ask questions, and I got to the heart of things that other people didn’t know.” Said Bananas while talking to Leroy.
After their conversation Leroy participated in a Black Lives Matters protest in Las Vegas, making it the first protest he has ever participated in.
“Best experience in my life in Las Vegas… The majority of people were there for a good cause; white, black mexican, whatever, the whole nine.” Said Leroy while on Instagram live.
Challenge Vet Jemmye has proven she’s a true advocate for the Black Lives Matters movement.
Not only has she posted on ways to help the movement, but she’s also donated to the Minnesota Freedom Fund-a nonprofit group that helps with the cost of bail for protestors who have been arrested-and encouraged her social media followers to match her donation.
The dynamic duo have been pretty busy getting the word out on how to help the movement on social media.
“Dear white followers, reposting isn’t enough, I know it may be uncomfortable at first, but we have to acknowledge that we’ve profited from white privilege, and educate ourselves, friends, and families so we can end the racism against African Americans and people of color.” Tweeted Tori.
Dear White Followers, Reposting isn’t enough. I know it may be uncomfortable at first but we HAVE to acknowledge that we’ve profited from white privilege AND educate ourselves, friends, and families so we can end the racism against African Americans and POC. TAKE ACTION.
“People are handing out water bottles, they’re handing out masks, our city is taking care of our people, and it’s so beautiful to see that…. My heart is so full seeing so many non brown and black people here supporting.” Said Annesa on Instagram Live.
Aneesa has also been active on social media on ways to better help the black Lives Matters movement.
Challenger and Big Brother alum Jozea Flores participated in a protest in Brooklyn a couple days ago.
Not only has he protested, but he’s also called out to his castmates who are not people of color expressing how important it is for them to spread awareness.
“Hey to all my fellow Challengers that are not POC… ima need you to please use your platform to spread awareness to this monstrosity of a murder! As allies your voice is a powerful tool so please use it.” Jozea said.
These racist and brutal attacks must end. I call for justice. As protests grow, join with me and @colorofchange to call on public officials across the country to take real action. Text DEMANDS to 55156. pic.twitter.com/TQJpM2N9oJ
A black square doesn’t erase 400 years of systematic racism and violence, but it does acknowledge the need for radical change. Black lives should matter to all of us (“Treat others the same way you want them to treat you.” ) Luke 6:31 pic.twitter.com/NlnVmsunbm
Dear FAKE allies. Stop putting more black lives at risk by doing shit that will get blacks blamed, beaten, or killed. Don’t use this as an excuse to exercise your own demons. This isn’t about you. This is about them. This is about a broken two party system that needs to change.
I know I can't do much. I'm in a different country. I am white. But I do feel you and feel for you. the only thing I can do is share information. Today I've tweeted way too much. I know. But hopefully my retweets can open 1 persons eyes 😭❤️
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