Amidst the seemingly endless cycle of police brutality and hashtag upon hashtag marking yet another death, a lot of people are asking "what can I do?" Actress Issa Rae was one of these people, so she did something.
Yesterday, hours after the news broke that Alton Sterling, 37, was fatally shot by police while selling CDs outside a convenience store in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Rae tweeted:
Can we got a scholarship fund going 4 #AltonSterling's son/kids? Some of us feel helpless when these things happen, but that's a small step.— Issa Rae (@IssaRae) July 6, 2016
Then she went ahead and did it herself.
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Rae is a 31-year-old actress and creator of brilliantly hilarious web series The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl (watch it for a little much-needed levity!), who also created and will star in upcoming HBO series Insecure. An hour after her initial tweet, she created a GoFundMe page to raise money for the family of deceased Alton Sterling: