Normani Kordei took a break from social media last month after noticing “horrific and racially charged” abuse, but now she’s back and stronger than ever.
The Fifth Harmony singer returned to her platforms yesterday (September 13) to announce she’s partnering with Cybersmile Foundation, a nonprofit that aims to wipe out online harassment. The foundation focuses on those abused because of their gender, race, or religion, and Normani is its latest Diversity Ambassador.
The 20-year-old said in a statement, “By working with Cybersmile I want to raise awareness of the support that is available to people affected while playing my part in contributing to a kinder and more positive internet for everybody.
"No one has the right to make where you go or what you do uncomfortable," she continued. "It's important to stand up to all forms of bullying, and it's even more important for those who are around you to be just as courageous and stand with you! Together we can put an end to the hate and promote only positivity and love."
In a video posted to Twitter, Normani further explained that living a Twitter-less life for the past few weeks gave her some much-needed time to herself for reflection and clarity. She also offered up sound advice for how to stand up to hate, saying, “The first step to taking control is definitely pinpointing your emotions and knowing that it’s OK to feel.”
Cyberbullying has been a hot button issue lately, with other stars like Demi Lovato and Leslie Jones also speaking out after experiencing online hate themselves. Hopefully their actions, and Normani’s, will help eliminate it once and for all.