Fuse is once again celebrating an extended Black History Month by highlighting a variety of rising forces who are creating Future Black History before our very eyes. While the world opened their eyes to Zendaya's sophisticated wisdom last year, she's always used her platform to further stand up for what's just and right—no matter what.
Zendaya was in the midst of introducing her confident sophomore album last Black History Month with the TLC-sampling lead single "Something New" that featured Chris Brown on the bridge. Later, when Brown shared insensitive comments about Kehlani's alleged suicide attempt, Z cut ties with her featured guest star, to which Chris threw further shade, and the single essentially got stopped short despite being a brilliantly crafted R&B-pop gem. Did it potentially put in limbo her second album? Possibly. Can she walk with her held high and her morals intact? Most definitely.
It's this firm commitment to what she believes in that continues to make Zendaya such a strong and important role model for young people today.
Zendaya has continued to prove she's an unstoppable voice as her platforms continue to grow (with more than 37 million followers on Instagram, 11 million on Facebook, and 7 million on Twitter) and she attaches herself to bigger projects. Her role in the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming reboot caused a ruckus online when rumors circulated she would become the first woman of color to portray Spider-Man's famous love interest Mary Jane. But Z also sparks important conversation from her everyday life—like when she would talk about racism affecting her life on her Snapchat account or when she took took the streets in the Women's March and documented it for Vogue.
Like Beyoncé says in "Formation," "You know you that b-tch when you cause all this conversation." And this 20-year-old is definitely causing conversation—and it's all to make tomorrow a better, more understanding, more inclusive day.
We're celebrating Future Black History all month long! Tune in to Fuse and come back to Fuse.tv every day for profiles, videos and more. Find Fuse in your area with our Channel Finder. Don't miss our "Future Black History" music special on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 3/2c.