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Choking on a Waterfall of Watermelon Seeds

Reprinted with permission from Nikky Finney On Wednesday night Jacqueline Woodson won the 2014 National Book Award for Young People's Literature. After she left the stage the host of the National Book Awards, Daniel Handler, told the crowd that she, a Black woman, "was allergic to watermelon" and then implored the crowd at the National Book Awards to "let that settle in your mind." I found myself staring at my laptop … [Read More...]

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In Pennsylvania, You Can’t Turn Progressives Against Each Other

Divide and conquer. That's what the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) tried to do this year in order to stop local governments in Pennsylvania from ensuring workers could earn paid sick days—or even unpaid leave. But it failed big-time, thanks to the strong stand of progressive legislators and the smart organizing of a broad coalition, particularly anti-violence advocates. ALEC, if you haven't heard of … [Read More...]

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Yes, Pharrell, You’re Allowed to Be a Feminist!

Back in May, Pharrell Williams was asked by Britain's Channel 4 News if he considers himself a feminist. "I don’t think it’s possible for me to be that," he said. "I’m a man. It makes sense up until a certain point. But what I do is—I do support feminists. I do think there’s injustices. There are inequalities that need to be addressed." But earlier this week, in an interview with BuzzFeed, the singer was … [Read More...]

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The Power of Social Media and the Thigh Gap Trap

Reprinted with permission from Adios Barbie, "the intersectional body image site for every body, promoting media literacy, along with a large dose of healthy self-image." Read the original post here! The thigh gap is everywhere—on social media sites, television, in books and clothing catalogs. It was even rumored that Beyoncé digitally altered photographs posted to her Instagram so that it appeared as if she … [Read More...]

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10 Reasons Why Willow and Jaden Smith’s NYT Interview Is the Best Thing Ever

Jaden and Willow Smith gave an interview to The New York Times’ T Magazine earlier this week that is incredibly smart—a fusion of Buddhist philosophy, physics and earnest idealism. But people are coming for Willow and Jaden—the children of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith—instead. Gawker called them “nuts.”  The Grio called them “confusing,” a “nightmare,” an “SNL skit waiting to be made,” and … [Read More...]

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Why the Gun Industry Will Never Win Over American Women

Gun manufacturers are waging a full-on marketing assault in a desperate attempt to pump new life into an industry in a four decades-long decline—and the target in their crosshairs is women. With the growth of women-driven consumer power and influence in social media circles, trigger-happy industrialists are eager to secure the demographic by re-branding firearms in the most friendly and fabulous ways … [Read More...]

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NEWSFLASH: Immigration Reform Protects Undocumented Women

In a 15-minute address Thursday night, President Obama issued an executive order that will expand protections and opportunities for undocumented immigrants in the U.S. and their families. Last year, the Senate passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill, but House speaker John Boehner didn’t let the House vote on it, claiming that Republicans didn’t trust Obama’s […]

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Study Shows HPV Vaccine DOES Lower Rates of Cervical Cancer

If you didn’t believe that vaccinating young girls against certain strains of the human papilloma virus (HPV) is worthwhile, a new study may convince you otherwise. The study, presented last week at a conference on “The Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved,” shows that states with the highest incidence […]

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NEWSFLASH: Walmart Workers to Strike on Black Friday

Scooping up bargains will be a little more difficult this Black Friday (November 28) when workers at an estimated 1,600 Walmart locations strike for a living wage. The United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) and OUR Walmart have partnered to help workers demand a $15/hour minimum wage and guaranteed full-time hours. The organizations are using the Black […]

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Choking on a Waterfall of Watermelon Seeds

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“Twilight” Screenplay Contest to Boost Women Writers and Directors

Just when you thought Twilight had receded into the … ...

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Nicki Minaj and the Performance of White Supremacy

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SheHeroes-A-Go-Go!

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Kim Kardashian: The Butt of an Old Racial Joke

Reprinted with permission from The Grio Earlier this week, social media … ...

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Transparent‘s Jill Soloway on Inventing the Female Gaze

You don’t watch the new show, "Transparent,” as much as you mainline … ...

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We Need to Talk About Sexual Violence

Reprinted with permission from Old Gold & Black TRIGGER WARNING: … ...

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Why I Created Bye Felipe

I created the Instagram account @byefelipe three weeks ago in order to … ...

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This is What Democracy Looks Like

Today marks the 19th annual National Day of Protest To Stop Police … ...

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5 Reasons to Delete Your Uber App

Uber, the ride-sharing app, has shown questionable respect for women and … ...

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Why the Gun Industry Will Never Win Over American Women

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Dear Colleges: Keeping Rapists on Campus is Bad for Your Bottom Line

A few years ago my husband and I welcomed a close family member onto the … ...

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