Troy Davis Is Gone, But the Struggle Goes On

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Like many, I was glued to Democracy Now’s live broadcast on the night of Wednesday, Sept. 21, from 6 p.m. until shortly after 11:08 p.m., the time that Troy Davis was killed by the state of Georgia, where I reside. Suddenly, the students’ essays that I was supposed to be grading or the dinner I […]

SlutWalk, Bahia-Style

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Early this summer, I was in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, directing a five-week study-abroad program for Spelman College students when I began to hear buzz about the upcoming Marcha das Vadias, or SlutWalk. The first SlutWalk was held in Toronto, Canada on April 3 as an outraged response to a Toronto police officer’s comment that, in […]

Listening to bell hooks and Gloria Steinem

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On September 20, Dr. Beverly Guy-Sheftall[1] facilitated a conversation between bell hooks and Gloria Steinem before an overflowing auditorium at Spelman College. These feminist icons courageously shared their aspirations, anxieties, joys, and valuable life lessons. bell hooks stated, “Integrity is congruence between what you think, say, and do.” Here are some take-aways about how to live a life of integrity:

Blonde Beauties and Black Booties: Racial Hierarchies in Brazil

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Ironically, while scouts search Southern Brazil for women of European descent to fit into the standard of beauty, European and North American men travel to the Northeast of Brazil seeking sex with women of African descent who they imagine as hypersexual.