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

October 24, 2014
By
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...
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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...
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The Price of Blackness: From Ferguson to Bed-Stuy

September 4, 2014
By
Price of Blackness

The unsettling image of the lifeless body of 18-year old Mike Brown, the unarmed teen shot six times by Officer Darren Wilson, which laid prostrate before family and neighbors for hours in a pool of blood in the sweltering summer heat in Ferguson, MO, will surely haunt the collective conscious of the U.S. for years...
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Writing Herstory and Resisting Invisibility: A Review of Janet Mock’s Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More

March 21, 2014
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Cisgender heterosexuals and lesbian/gay/bisexual people too often disregard the lived experiences and interior lives of transgender women and men—even in these queer times. The preferred gender pronouns used by trans men and women tend to be conveniently dropped in favor of forms of misidentification that serve the interests of the identifier and never the...
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Using the Erotic to do Our Work

February 25, 2014
By
Audre Lorde
copyright: Dagmar Schultz

  There are many kinds of power, used and unused, acknowledged or otherwise. The erotic is a resource within each of us that lies in a deeply female and spiritual plane, firmly rooted in the power of our unexpressed or unrecognized feeling. In order to perpetuate itself, every oppression must corrupt or distort those...
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Necessary Memories: Trayvon Martin’s Birthday and George Zimmerman’s Celebrity Boxing Match

February 5, 2014
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Necessary Memories: Trayvon Martin’s Birthday and George Zimmerman’s Celebrity Boxing Match

Sometimes there are things you just can’t forget.  Today would have been his birthday. Today, we know that our criminal justice and legal systems, our human relations, and our ways of being are both positively and negatively shaped by the various notions of race, class, gender and other forms of identification that circulate among...
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A Letter to Marissa Alexander

October 23, 2013
By
marissa alexander

Dear Marissa, It was a cold and dark Christmas Eve—sometime in the mid 80’s. My mom, my three sisters, and I lived in a small, but comfortable, house on Maryland Street in Camden, NJ. We smiled a lot. According to the pictures I recently stole from mom, my sisters and I donned big smiles...
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The Liminal Space Between Love and Non-Love: An Introduction to the “Love as a Radical Act” Forum

September 2, 2013
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Love as a Radical Act

Love-talk tends to produce uncontaminated discourses that refuse to conceive love as a complex energy that is at once beautiful and messy, charitable and unruly. Love-talk tends to lack the critical imagination needed to vision the force of love beyond the Christian and/or philosophic categories of agape or eros. Indeed, James Baldwin reminded us...
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Finding Her Mother’s Gardens: A Review of Pratibha Parmar’s “Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth”

August 23, 2013
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Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth

Black women have tended to incredible, secluded gardens within the expansive wasteland of this dysfunctional democracy.–Joy James, from “Resting in the Gardens, Battling in the Deserts: Black Women’s Activism” Celebrated British filmmaker and activist Pratibha Parmar opens her newest work, Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth, with stunning shots of landscapes. Alice Walker’s voice can be...
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On Love, Empathy, and Pleasure in the Age of Neoliberalism

July 9, 2013
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In this, the age of late capital and neoliberalism, numbness is desired and the erotic is feared. Audre Lorde aptly deemed this the “fear of feeling” in her now classic essay, “Uses of the erotic: the erotic as power.” In the essay, Lorde presages a future in which the “good” is commodified—a future where...
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