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Reflecting on Black Sexualities, Black Religiosity, and Black Lives in Anti-Black Times

October 24, 2014
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Darnell Moore

The following remarks were presented on October 23, 2014 during the “Religion, Media, Markets and the Making of Black Sexualities” panel at the conference Are the Gods Afraid of Black Sexuality? Religion and the Burdens of Black Sexual Politics convened by Columbia University’s Institute for Research in African-American Studies and Center on African-American Religion, Sexual Politics Social Justice. Seventy-three days ago, Mike Brown, Jr., an 18-year old black teen, was...
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Op Ed: A Curse Be Upon It

October 20, 2014
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 By Ankita Anand For years now I have been looking to enrich my vocabulary of swear words with no troublesome arrows in the quiver. There are times when I urgently need to use profanity, for example against all the harassers on bikes and in cars who would hoot at or brush past me, literally giving me a run for my money. I must have the last word, if not the last hand,...
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Black Freedom Fighters in Ferguson: Some of us are queer

October 17, 2014
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Black Freedom Fighters in Ferguson: Some of us are queer

Not all of the freedom fighters are Black men with masculine swag and pedigree. Not all of them are cisgender and straight and able-bodied. Some of us are women. Some of us are queer. Some of us are trans. Some of us are poor. Some of us are disabled. And, yet, all of us desire the same: an end to anti-black policies, practices, and ideologies. This week for #FergusonFridays...
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Editorial: In Solidarity with Anita Sarkeesian and All Women Who Speak Out

October 15, 2014
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Editorial: In Solidarity with Anita Sarkeesian and All Women Who Speak Out

This morning, we, along with many others, learned that feminist blogger and media critic Anita Sarkeesian has been forced to cancel a scheduled talk at Utah State University (USU). We write today in solidarity with Anita Sarkeesian and with all women who speak out at great risk against sexual, gender, racial, class, and other forms of oppression. An email sent to USU staff members and posted by the Standard...
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CFP: A Forum on “Climate Change and Feminist Environmentalisms”

October 13, 2014
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By Cristina Awadalla, Piper Coutinho-Sledge, Alison Criscitiello, and Sonalini Sapra As guest editors of this forum, we created the theme with the intent to create a space critical of imperialism, neo-liberalism, sexism, racism, and other factors that both drive climate change and contribute to the global oppression of women. We know that climate change is driven by an extractive and exploitative relationship between humans and nature (see the 5th Intergovernmental Panel...
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Black on Purpose: Race, Inheritance and Queer Reproduction

October 10, 2014
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Savannah Shange with her partner Kenshata 
and their child Harriet
Source: courtesy of the author

By Savannah Shange On the morning of my insemination, I stood chilly in a paper exam gown rechecking the sperm donor number on the side of the vial.  My partner frantically searched the order email on her phone before we signed, confirming that 7657 was indeed correct.  Since the bank we used had only five Black donors, I knew that a misstep in the process would in all likelihood...
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Are You Willing to Put “5″ on TFW?

October 7, 2014
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Are You Willing to Put “5″ on TFW?

The Feminist Wire just hit 50! We are so excited that more than 50,000 people have liked our Facebook page, which means thousands of readers have access to timely and forward-thinking articles, interviews, op-eds, and poetry. Over the next 5 days, we hope to expand our readership, reach, and resources. And we need your help! Please consider donating $5, $50, or $500 to TFW. The Feminist Wire is a progressive media site maintained via the labor of...
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A Herstory of the #BlackLivesMatter Movement by Alicia Garza

October 7, 2014
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By Alicia Garza I created #BlackLivesMatter with Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi, two of my sisters, as a call to action for Black people after 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was post-humously placed on trial for his own murder and the killer, George Zimmerman, was not held accountable for the crime he committed. It was a response to the anti-Black racism that permeates our society and also, unfortunately, our movements. Black...
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“Hands Up! Don’t Shoot!”: Gesture, Choreography, and Protest in Ferguson

October 6, 2014
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Anusha Kedhar

The bodily act of the hands up don’t shoot protests takes those same bodies that are surveilled, disciplined, controlled, and killed and infuses them with power and a voice.
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#FergusonFridays: Not all of the Black freedom fighters are men: An Interview with Black Women on the Front line in Ferguson

October 3, 2014
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Michael-Brown-Protest-Police

By Kristin Braswell As we marched from West Florissant to the Ferguson Police Department on that sweltering day in August, a bevy of voices carried through the air like a canon with a very specific target. Two young women armed with a megaphone, climbed on top of a cement wall above the crowd. “If Mike don’t get it, shut it down! If we don’t get it, shut it down!”...
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How Many Black Histories We Still Don’t Know: An Interview With Simone Leigh

October 3, 2014
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I am walking north on Buffalo Avenue from Crown Heights toward Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn, passing corner stores and apartment complexes, looking for the Weeksville Heritage Center.  I don’t live in this neighborhood, and while I have friends and former partners who live in Bed-Stuy or Crown Heights, I have never put my feet on this particular patch of pavement.  One block south of the center, I see a massive,...
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