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Feminists We Love: Jessica Luther ~ Activist, commentator, and change agent

July 4, 2014
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I am not sure when and where I first came in contact with Jessica W. Luther and her work, but ever since that moment I have been continually impressed by her brilliance, her passion for justice, her honesty, and her commitment to realizing “freedom dreams.”  From her brilliant sports writing and her twitter activism,...
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Mother’s Day: Love and Tears

May 10, 2014
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The beginning of May signals the end of the school year, the start of spring, and of course Mother’s Day.  As with most American holidays, with their emphasis on spectacle and consumerism, my relationship with Mother’s Day is complex.  Yet, my conflicting feelings surrounding Mother’s Day (like Father’s Day) have more to do with...
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Feminists We Love: Regina Bradley

April 18, 2014
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I don’t remember the first time I met Dr. Regina Bradley.  It might have been on Twitter; it might have been on Facebook; it might have been after she wrote a brilliant piece for New Black Man (In Exile) or Popmatters.  It could  have even been at a conference … I just dont know...
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The Future: Resistance Beyond Apathy

April 16, 2014
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The lamenting of “today’s youth” and their so-called apathy, ignorance and self-indulgence is nothing new.  Each successive generation is often dismissed by “adults” who publicly shame the “future” for their supposed ineptitude and perpetual failure to uphold the “values” of past generations.  However, nostalgia is a dangerous drug.  Beyond the simplicity, historic amnesia and...
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Emily Lordi: Moving us beyond critique one artist at a time

April 11, 2014
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I am really not sure when I first read the work of Dr. Emily Lordi. It could have been her piece on Janelle Monae; maybe it was her piece on Bilal. These works, and her most recent pieces on Beyoncé and the genealogy of black feminist writers, not to mention her recently published book...
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Treva B. Lindsey: The Future and the Now

April 4, 2014
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Dr. Treva B. Lindsey is very much the future – of black popular cultural studies, feminist scholarship, social media activism, and so much more.  Someone who is pushing conversations about feminism, and black popular culture, who is utilizing social media and public spaces to expand conversations, and someone who prioritizes community, engagement, and collective...
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Treva B. Lindsey: The Future and the Now, a Feminist we Love (Video)

April 4, 2014
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Dr. Treva B. Lindsey is very much the future – of black popular cultural studies, feminist scholarship, social media activism, and so much more.  Someone who is pushing conversations about feminism, and black popular culture, who is utilizing social media and public spaces to expand conversations, and someone who prioritizes community, engagement, and collective...
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Challenging the “Hard Right” Playbook: In solidarity with Dr. Mireille Miller-Young

March 20, 2014
By
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The “hard right” playbook on college campuses is all too clear: create a violent spectacle prompting anger and outrage; feign victimhood lamenting the toxic environment of today’s college campuses; focus on the ways that today’s universities attack conservative values, Christianity, and whiteness; call friends at Fox and Talk Radio since “the mainstream media” has...
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Sunny Days?: Sesame Street, Prisons and the Politics of Justice

January 23, 2014
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With Nelson Mandela’s funeral on the television, Sammy, who is 6, turned to me with a question that quickly grabbed my attention.  Having already discussed his death, his activism, and apartheid, Sammy was very aware of Madiba’s struggles for justice.  Listening to the commentators praise Mandela for his courage and beautiful spirit, he asked,...
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Illegible[1] Black Death: Denied Media, Mourning, and Mobilization

November 16, 2013
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Illegible[1] Black Death: Denied Media, Mourning, and Mobilization

**** Breaking News Los Angeles International Airport: Gunman opens fire at Airport, killing 1 and injuring 6 more Washington Navy Yard: Gunman opens fire, killing 12 and injuring 3 more New Jersey Mall: Man opens fire at New Jersey mall. No one injured Sparks, Nevada: “A gentle boy” opens fire at Middle School, killing...
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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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