R&B singer Jhene Aiko is using her platform for good. In the wake of the recent tragedy in Atlanta that saw eight people killed by a shooter who was targeting Asian victims, Aiko comes forward to promote the #StopAsianHate movement.
Jhene Aiko Calls For Solidarity Among Asian + Black Communities
Grammy-nominated artist Jhene Aiko went to Instagram to make her call to action. The daughter of a part-Japanese mother and part-Black father, Aiko spoke from her experience to stop the hate and violence.
“i am the descendant of Asian and African ancestors.
“violence across the Asian American and Black communities is unacceptable.
“we can stand in solidarity through protecting, educating and telling our stories. #TellOurStories #STOPAAPIHATE“
Big Sean Celebrates Jhene Aiko’s 33rd B-Day
G.O.O.D Music’s Big Sean knows how to make his boo feel special. The hip-hop star has lit up social media with a major shout-out and salute to his longtime friend and on-again, off-again girlfriend Jhené Aiko on her 33rd birthday.
“3:16 Pisces Queen ♓️ 33 trips 💙 the most beautiful, determined, hard working, coolest, magical, emotional, honest, emotionally honest, easily annoyed, rare, extremely generous being/healer/ fighter/lover/ writer. 88 Gang member 🐉. You deserve to be celebrated. Thank you, I love you!! ♓️💙🤟🏾”
Jhene Aiko Is A Born Fighter
Aiko recently came clean in more than one way with a heartfelt Instagram post – sharing that she’s been working on getting sober the last few years and overcoming trauma associated with anxiety and self-doubt.
“i’ve spent most of my life being extremely sensitive, drained and nervous when around a lot of people and/or multiple energies at once. i’ve spent most of my life with crippling insecurity… feeling awkward and shy in front of cameras and audiences. i’ve spent most of my life not understanding that my anxiety was causing a downward spiral, self medicating and self sabotage. motherhood, loss, depression, addiction… life is a f*cking trip. i’ve always felt the urge to express myself with the intention to overcome my emotions, and to share those expressions with the intention to help others.”
Jhené also talked about her journey to becoming sober and what methods helped her become stronger. In response to the post, her fans showered her with praise in the comments section and also celebrated her well-deserved Grammy nominations.
“but anxiety, sensitivity, unhealed trauma and feelings of not belonging or ever being enough kept me from fully accepting or being comfortable with any type of spotlight. but little by little, and from time to time… i feel confident enough to be myself… shy, awkward and ALL… and step into the light. over the past couple of years i made a conscious decision to say yes and open myself up to even more opportunity and possibility, despite my reservations. i’ve spent the last few years getting sober… using sound, aroma and color therapy, proper diet, meditation, exercise, etc… to become a stronger, clearer vessel of love, truth and light. i will never be perfect, nor do i ever want to be seen as such… but when u see me, know u are looking at a fighter. and i know u are fighting too. so when u see me i hope you also see you.”
Hosting Big Grammys Event
This past weekend, the six-time Grammy nominee hosted the Grammy Awards Premiere Ceremony. Aiko was up for three Grammys herself this year: Album of the Year and Best Progressive R&B Album (Chilombo), and Best R&B Performance (“Lightning and Thunder” with John Legend).
Jhené Aiko will host the official Grammys pre-show, which will take place March 14th at 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT and be streamed live on the Grammys’ website. Aiko is nominated for three Grammys this year, including Album of the Year and Best Progressive R&B album for Chilombo, as well as Best R&B Performance for “Lightning and Thunder,” a duet with John Legend. The 63rd Grammy Awards Premiere Ceremony will feature performances from Grammy nominees across various genres. (Rolling Stone)