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Fruitvale Station: Some Reactions

August 7, 2013
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OMAR RICKS I feel helpless after watching Fruitvale Station (2013, dir. Ryan Coogler). I feel like this hits too close to home. Literally. The nursery school, First Fruits Learning Center, is right up the street from where I stay, and I remember seeing a film crew in front of it a couple of years...
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White People Talking to White People about Social Justice: Why “Book of Mormon” Just May Be Doing Something Right

August 7, 2013
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By Sayantani DasGupta Like Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s other collaboration, television’s Southpark, Broadway’s Book of Mormon is crass, potty-mouthed, and frequently offensive. But among all the things it does ‘wrong’ — it actually may be doing something right. I know, I know. As a progressive woman of color, I should probably be horrified by the show....
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    . January You called me She instead of You. “Where is she going now?” is the first question you ever asked me. You were standing on a porch next to the last She who you broke. I remember looking up at you over my shoulder and smiling. I was going skinny-dipping. [...]

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    Two poets consider Michael Brown, Ferguson, MO, and the crucial ways in which Black Life Matters.     How Do I Love Thee? A love poem from the Ferguson, MO police dept to Black residents: An informal emulation of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Sonnet 43 by Aya de Leon . How [...]

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    Paws   In sixth grade, I started to envy certain girls’ hands. Not always manicured, but always neat. Fingers thin and smooth. These hands gently freed sheets of paper from their metal spirals and lifted loops of hair to more beautiful perches. Lunch trays floated inside their gentle grip while [...]