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The Kids Gon' Be Alright: Asante Blackk Talks Voting for the First Time

PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 22: Asante Blackk attends the 51st NAACP Image Awards, Presented by BET, at Pasadena Civic Auditorium.
PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 22: Asante Blackk attends the 51st NAACP Image Awards, Presented by BET, at Pasadena Civic Auditorium.
Photo: Frazer Harrison (Getty Images)

In an election cycle and year that is sure to go down as the most tumultuous we’ve ever experienced, Asante Blackk is making sure he stands on the right side of said history.

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In a conversation with People magazine, the 19-year old opened up about being a first-time voter, how the death of George Floyd drove him to more civic engagement and the importance of using his voice.

“It’s definitely the most important election of my lifetime, considering I haven’t been alive that long,” the This Is Us actor joked to People. “I got out, I cast my ballot and I voted early on. I feel like Gen Z, my generation, is a very capable generation, you know? We see a lot more than people realize and we are working to change a lot more than people realize. It’s very important to us.”

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And perhaps a part of that change comes through having some hard conversations to try to make sense of it all. After the death of George Floyd, Blackk, along with his two friends, actor Ethan Herisse and music artist Reed Shannon, decided to explore their thoughts and emotions via YouTube in a series aptly entitled Speak Up Series. Exploring the broader concept of racism and the impact it has on young adults, the When They See Us star admitted to initially feeling understandably overcome. “We were all feeling very heartbroken, very sad, very angry, and we kind of just hopped on the cause that just started with the three of us,” the Emmy nominee explained. “We were just talking about our feelings.”

He continued, “We see these things, we feel these things, we hear these things and that’s why we try to push back and fight as much as we can. I feel like it would almost be stupid of us to sit on the sidelines and act like we don’t see it when we do.”

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I give every non-white person in this country at least a little leeway when it comes to voting nonsense, but...

the 19-year old opened up about being a first-time voter,

...there are a number of grown-ass men who could stand to learn a thing or two from this young inspiration.

And yes, I’m talking largely about Shaq’s super-rich, first-time 2020 voting ass and Kanye “Let’s All Get Together and Rock This Vote...For MEEEE!!!” 20-Never-Ever.

I wonder how many other famous POCs caught White Privilege Syndrome, where they act against their best interests despite having whole organizations dedicated to making life harder for them because they got a few benefits from this badly unbalanced system.

I also wonder when Cube’s gonna finally figure out exactly why people don’t like him suddenly. Dude REALLY thought IQ-45 was gonna hand over Bs to Black people??? And if that was his only chance and the Democrats were already out of it in his mind, then...how could he NOT be hoping for a GOP win?!?