Nupol Kiazolu is an activist, leader, inspiration, pageant queen and former president of the Black Lives Matter Movement in Greater New York. At 20 years old, she is an empowering interventionist that has subsequently become the driving force for the group’s movements on domestic and sexual violence, racism, civil rights, and youth homelessness within New York City. With this brief insight into my selected interventionist, it is quite obvious on why I chose her.
Nupol Kiazolu began her activist career at the young age of 12 in 2014, being one of the youngest women at the time to run her very own protest (Perkins, 2022). her emotions of anger and confusion at such a young age lead her to tape paper of back that wrote “Do I look suspicious?”. The silent protest caused controversy amongst staff and lead to her suspension. Despite her suspension, Nupol researched and recited her civil rights, holding a peaceful protest which rounded up a majority of students at the school and staff members who were allies. Nupol walked out of the principal’s office, her suspension nulled and received a formal apology by the end of the day. Since then, Nupol has taken the world by storm. One of the many reasons she has become so impactful within our society is her use of online activism. The young interventionist’s Instagram has accumulated over twenty-five thousand followers, the platform being used to identify and call out the quote on quote “Murderers” of victims of colour. Her posts receive thousands of shares and responses and reach a global platform daily, the organisation of protests and rallies through said posts. As heard in my visual essay, Nupol has utilised social media as simply a tool, her strategy oddly simple – the more brutal and ravage the posts, the more attention the post receives. Nupol is very blunt with her posts in conjunction, posting videos of herself and others getting teargassed, black people being attacked on streets and other distressing content that ultimately narrows people’s attention. Nupol tends to use humane types of images to draw her audience in, she wants her viewers to see the vulnerability of the victims she’s supporting. As seen through other online presences and influencers, such as Charli D’amelio, having a rallying and supportive following can drive significant change as social media presence is now more impactful than ever.
Nupol became the Black Lives Matter President at only 20 years old. The movement itself in Greater New York held hundreds of protests, rallies and thousands of people showed support online. The New York protests were some of the largest protests globally in 2020 and Nupol was behind the majority of them. The 20-year-old used social media as her driving force to invite thousands of people to join peaceful protests and rallies across the city. When asked “How does social media – like Instagram – serve as a tool for your organising and community work?” in an interview by Parachute, she responded “Social media is a powerful tool when used for good! Instagram plays a pivotal role in my work as an organizer. I’ve built organic relationships with organizers all around the world through social media. On June 2, 2020, I organized one of the largest BLM demonstrations in world history. Over 20,000 people flooded the streets of NYC in the name of Black liberation and equity. My Instagram and community presence played a pivotal role in making that possible” (Deally, 2022)
Nupol is predicted to become renowned within this decade due to her inevitable and insane success. With this success, she is hoping to push into years to come and eventually make herself president in 2032.
Deally, O., 2022. Passion Profile: Nupol Kiazolu — Parachute Media. [online] Parachute Media. Available at: <https://www.theparachutemedia.com/politics-activism/passion-profile-nupol-kiazolu> (Accessed 29 May 2022).
Perkins, N., 2022. 11 Online Activists Using Their Platforms to Stir Social Change – AfroTech. [online] AfroTech. Available at: <https://afrotech.com/10-online-activists-using-their-platforms-to-enact-social-change-offline> (Accessed 29 May 2022).