Who is the CEO of the Black Lives Matter Movement? The executives of the network are subject to many controversies regarding the funds raised.
Patrisse Cullors, the controversial Marxist co-founder of Black Lives Matter recently completed tens of thousands of dollars in renovations at her posh Los Angeles home, including building a new plunge pool and backyard sauna, according to a new report.
Patrisse Cullors, 39, the former leader of Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, also added a children’s play area for her young son outside her 2,580-square foot three-bedroom, three-bathroom home in Los Angeles’ Topanga Canyon neighborhood, photos show.
The images reveal a deep plunge pool that has yet to have water added, as well as a small shed that houses the sauna. A child’s swing set and covered slide are also visible in the photograph.
Cullors, who resigned from the national group a month after The Post revealed that she had gone on a real estate buying spree last year, paid $1.4 million for the Topanga Canyon home in March 2021, according to public records.
At the time of her May 2021 resignation, Cullors insisted her “retirement” from the group that she had led for six years had been in the works and was not tied to the controversy surrounding the shopping spree in which she amassed four properties for more than $3.2 million amid the group’s troubled finances.
Among the properties was a sprawling home attached to an airplane hangar and runway in an Atlanta suburb that she has since sold, according to public records.
Cullors also used donations to pay a company owned by her baby daddy, Damon Turner, $969,459 for “live production, design, and media,” according to the group’s latest filings with the IRS.
Cullors chalked up the reports on her properties and spending as “right-wing bullying” and said that she had paid for her holdings with money she made from book and speaking deals.
Last year, BLMGNF said it took in more than $90 million following the May 2020 murder of George Floyd, a black man whose death under the knee of a white Minneapolis police officer led to protests around the world.
Cullors, who bought the Topanga Canyon property under her company Abolitionist Entertainment LLC, paid for the house in cash, according to a celebrity real estate blog.
The backyard renovations are in addition to a $35,000 fence that Cullors installed around the property last year.
After Cullors resigned from BLMGNF, the group continued to be mired by financial controversies.
Last month, the non-profit’s new leader was accused of siphoning more than $10 million in fees from donors to pay his consulting firm, according to a lawsuit.
But the BLM leader, Shalomyah Bowers, told The Post last month the case against him is nothing more than a power grab by disgruntled activists trying to wrest control of the movement.
Bowers, who became head of the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation in April, is accused of paying the cash to his own Bowers Consulting Firm and diverting resources from a new group called Black Lives Matter Grassroots, Inc.
BLM Global Network Foundation paid the Bowers Consulting Firm $2,167,894 in 2021, according to federal tax filings.
Who are the founders of Black Lives Matter?
Black Lives Matter Movements or simply Black Lives Matter is a network that was created in July 2013 by activists Melanne Verveer Opal Tometi, Alicia Garza, and Patrisse Cullors. The leader of the group is Shalomyah Bowers.
Shalomyah Bowers became head of the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation in April. BLM global network leader Shalomyah Bowers is accused of syphoning $10 million from a fund meant to support BLM organizing into his own consulting firm called Bowers. According to his company’s website, BOWERS is a fully-integrated strategic advisory, data and communications, and political consulting firm.
Patrisse Marie Khan-Cullors Brignac is an American activist, co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement, artist, and writer. Cullors created the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag in 2013 and has written and spoken widely about the movement.
Alicia Garza (born January 4, 1981) is an American civil rights activist and writer known for co-founding the international Black Lives Matter movement.
Melanne Verveer Opal Tometi was born in Phoenix, Arizona, and grew up in a tight-knit Nigerian immigrant community. She grew up to become a community organizer and an advocate for just immigration.
Black Lives Matter (abbreviated BLM) is a decentralized political and social movement that seeks to highlight racism, discrimination, and racial inequality experienced by black people. When its supporters come together, they do so primarily to protest incidents of police brutality and racially motivated violence against black people. It started following the killings of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Pamela Turner, and Rekia Boyd, among others.
The movement and its related organizations typically advocate for various policy changes considered to be related to black liberation. While there are specific organizations that label themselves simply as “Black Lives Matter,” such as the Black Lives Matter Global Network, the overall movement is a decentralized network of people and organizations with no formal hierarchy. The slogan “Black Lives Matter” itself remains untrademarked by any group. Despite being characterized by some as a violent movement, the overwhelming majority of its public demonstrations have been peaceful.