NEWSFLASH: Bill Cosby’s Latest Admission Is a “Game-Changer”

The Bill Cosby sexual-assault scandal took an eye-opening turn this week when it was revealed that Cosby once admitted to acquiring quaaludes, a popular ’70s recreational drug, with the intent of giving the pills to young women he hoped to have sex with. In a 2005 court deposition obtained by the Associated Press, Cosby replied “yes” when asked if […]

Moms and Mr. Moms: Funny and Smart

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 […]

20 Funny Black Women of Twitter

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 […]

For Colored Girls: When the Men Are Not Enuf

No one has ever accused me of being an apologist for men. But I felt like one as I walked out of For Colored Girls. Men don’t get a fair shake in the movie; they are bashed and trashed from start to finish. Of course this movie is not about them. It’s about a group […]

Peek At the Week

Welcome to our new weekly events calendar, where I’ll give you a rundown of all the fabulous feminist and progressive (and sometimes cheesy pop culture) events that I would be attending if I could be in multiple places at once and had an inheritance. The first and most important event this week is Election Day, […]

Ugly Ducklings, Noble Squaws and Not-So-Modern Families : Editor’s Picks, 10/11-10/15

Above is a detail from a wonderful flowchart breaking down the complex system of assigning female characters to cliched, stereotypical roles (via Jezebel, originally from Overthinking It). Sociological Images has a good collection of campaign ads that exploit anti-immigrant sentiment and racialized fears. Jorge Rivas reports for Colorlines that Bill O’Reilly learned nothing from yesterday’s […]

Anne Frank, Graphically

Can you believe that the story of a 15 year-old girl from World War II continues to inspire people more than 66 years after it was written? As just one example of its popularity, Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl is currently sixth out of more than 430 books in Ms. magazine’s all-time […]