Moms and Mr. Moms: Funny and Smart

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Calling all Comedy Central junkies, SNL fans and lovers of The Colbert Report: If you care about the history of comedy, then you need to know about Jackie “Moms” Mabley, and unless you’ve done your humor homework, chances are pretty good that you don’t. Moms Mabley (born Loretta Mary Aiken) was one of the biggest comedy […]

Muslim Teen To Kick Butt As Marvel’s Latest Superhero

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Ms. Marvel, a well-known character in Marvel comics, has come a long way since 1968, when she appeared as a muscular, sexualized blonde superhero in thigh-high patent-leather boots. The newest Ms. Marvel is a 16-year-old daughter of Pakistani immigrants from Jersey City. In February 2014, Kamala Khan will be the first Muslim woman character to […]

To Find Black Women Comedians, SNL Should Look Online

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This weekend, Kerry Washington will be hosting Saturday Night Live, a move many suspect is a reaction to SNL’s recent controversy surrounding women of color in comedy. Recently, SNL cast member Kenan Thompson blamed the show’s lack of black female comedians on their absence from the industry. “It’s just a tough part of the business,” Thompson told TV […]

The Femisphere: Fitness Bloggers

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In a culture that conflates health with a particular body type–often achieved via Photoshop–it’s both refreshing and a relief to read fitness posts that are actually about being healthy. Striving for a certain media-based idea of “perfection” seems to have become the norm when it comes to discussing health and fitness. Not only does this […]

20 Funny Black Women of Twitter

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When Saturday Night Live announced its newest cast members earlier this season, there was some not-so-surprising news: For the sixth year in a row, the legendary sketch comedy show would not feature any black female cast members. And this week it got a whole lot worse. Reports TV Guide: Instead of blaming showrunner Lorne Michaels […]

Three Ways to Virtually Role-Play Through Others’ Eyes

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Pretty much every new form of media provokes fears that this one will be the end of us. The rise of social media, the prevalence of smart phones, tablets that keep us connected no matter where we are and the Internet itself have all created speculation that we are losing our humanity—that digital connectivity is […]

The King and Her Court

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I’m in the minority on this one. I’m not someone who remembers exactly where she was when women’s tennis star Billie Jean King beat aging motormouth (and former Wimbledon champ) Bobby Riggs in the so-called “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match on September 20, 1973. I watched it on TV, but it wasn’t a big […]

Want to See More Women Writers in The New York Times?

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If The New York Times—or any other publication—wants to include more women as writers and sources, here’s simply what it has to do: Pay attention. As the Ms. Blog reported in early August, a recently launched website, Who Writes for the New York Times, keeps track of gender imbalances in a way that could help the Times’ editors […]

A New DIY Movement: #SmartFeministsofTwitter

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Best-of lists are always controversy magnets. By definition, they elevate some at the expense of others. Earlier this week, when Fast Company published a list, compiled by Ann Charles, of “25 of the Smartest Women on Twitter” that failed to include a single woman of color, the Twittersphere responded immediately. Within a day, the hashtag […]

An Open Letter to CNN on Chelsea Manning

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To whom it may concern: My name is Heather McNamara. My fiancée, Lauren McNamara, was a confidante of Chelsea Manning’s and testified in her trial. As such, Lauren was recently interviewed on The Lead and on New Day Saturday. During Lauren’s interview on The Lead, interviewer Jake Tapper explained that CNN would be referring to […]