Just 48 hours after veteran reproductive justice activist Loretta Ross opened registration for her new online course on white supremacy, 500 people had registered. “I will be teaching white supremacy through the feminist lens of love,” Ross told Ms.
Weekend Reading on Women’s Representation is a compilation of stories about women’s representation in politics, on boards, in sports and entertainment, in judicial offices and in the private sector in the U.S. and around the world—with a little gardening and goodwill mixed in for refreshment!
Founder of the largest—and one of the only—diversity and inclusion initiatives focused exclusively on women of color in the film and television industry, Cheryl L. Bedford sees no use in maintaining the status quo.
“I used to say that women of color need to work twice as hard to be considered half as good; that’s what I was told as I was growing up. Now, I say that women of color should be able to be like mediocre white men and still get hired.”
As the country marches on to make its demands known—defund the police, arrest the killers responsible and spread Black Lives Matter messaging—one key population is noticeable on the streets: the youth.
Music producers Swizz Beatz and Timbaland have been keeping quarantine “lit” with their Verzuz battles, featuring hip-hop and R&B entertainers live on Instagram battling it out. This weekend’s showdown between neo-soul divas Erykah Badu and Jill Scott was the first women’s battle. But what truly set this “battle” apart were the words of wisdom and the confessions shared between the songs. These women, mothers and mutual friends were ultimately way more interested in connecting than battling.
Every community stands to benefit from an accurate census count—but as the primary caregivers in their families and the primary beneficiaries of many government-funded programs like Medicaid and SNAP, women and particularly women of color have an outsized stake in the census.
“This is a show for us, by us, representing us.”
The critically acclaimed HBO TV series, “Insecure,” is a comedy drama created by and starring Issa Rae, started its fourth season earlier this month. And we are here for it.
Rafiki—an award-winning new lesbian romance film by Wanuri Kahiu, Kenyan director, producer and author—has lost its long-endured Freedom of Expression ruling in Kenya’s high courts. In support of Kahiu, in protest of any, and all, anti-LGBTQ legislation, we can all join in a small act of civil disobedience and solidarity by streaming Rafiki—now available on Amazon Prime!
Badu’s online concert is the latest contemporary example of women exploring new territory and breaking boundaries.
“Historically, the broad genre of crime fiction has belonged to white men … I find myself yearning to read books written by authors whose experiences more closely reflect my own. After all, crime is diverse. Crime fiction should be, as well.”