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How to be Black in the Age of Obama, George Zimmerman, and Paula Deen: Notes from Summer, 2013

July 30, 2013
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  Welcome to the impossible future. White people are talking about race. Sometimes, they’ll even talk about racism. Some will say the word “racism” hesitantly, tentatively, as though it’s the name of an exotic food they’re not sure how to pronounce and are even less sure they’d like to taste. But they’ll say it....
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On The Morning of the Election (Or, "Your Abstention Will Not Protect You: Voting and Radical Black Feminist Politics")

November 6, 2012
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On The Morning of the Election (Or, "Your Abstention Will Not Protect You: Voting and Radical Black Feminist Politics")

By C. Riley Snorton and Mecca Jamilah Sullivan Today marks the conclusion of the voting period, which will settle numerous electoral decisions, including various seats in the Congress, local and state referenda, and most notably, the Presidential seat. Yesterday, we read a number of eloquent arguments about why some people are choosing to abstain...
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Central Park Saturday

June 17, 2012
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Central Park Saturday

Until I was about six years old, my father and I had a ritual of spending Saturday mornings in Central Park together. My mother was a doctoral student, and so our time out of the house gave her a chance to get her dissertation done. He called the outings our “adventures”— we’d take the...
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Diaspora (for a friend)

June 6, 2012
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  You inspire me in too many directions. I am laughing onto pillows, gurgling spit into screen.   Visions mangled between eyes, quicktongued foreign gazes, choked translations, fingers trying to scratch past exile rage, do the work of diaspora.   But you insist you feel drawn to this, find kinship and connection, bloodmemories that...
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From "A Magic of Bags"

May 13, 2012
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From "A Magic of Bags"

It was not that Ilana Randolph did not like people. She did. What she didn’t like was the way they looked at her, and at each other, either locked in magnetic gazes that were supposed to hold forever, or from an ocean’s width of distance. By seventeen, Ilana had made a study of watching...
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Snow Fight

March 21, 2012
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Snow Fight

“Snow Fight” is a story about the complex relationships between joy, power and objectification in the lives of young black people and young people of color. In many ways, I think that this story is pertinent to the moment we’re experiencing right now, particularly in the wake of Trayvon Martin’s murder. In the story, I explore...
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Black Queer Gender and Pariah’s “Grand Swagger”

January 3, 2012
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Three white women crowd the ticket window. “What is Pariah?” one asks, flustered. The ticket vender stammers. “It’s, uh, kind of a slice-of-life among kids in Brooklyn.” My partner and I exchange a glance. It’s the opening night of Pariah, Dee Rees’s resoundingly-well-received debut film, which opened in select theatres on December 28th. The...
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Media, Sports and Black Queer Youth: Tayshana Murphy and the Dimming of Stars

November 28, 2011
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Media, Sports and Black Queer Youth: Tayshana Murphy and the Dimming of Stars

I didn’t know Tayshana Murphy was gay. I’m from Harlem, and I like to think I’m tapped into important conversations among New York’s LGBTQ people of color communities. I learned of 18-year-old Murphy’s murder early on September 11th  of this year—heard about it, in fact, from an auntie of mine before I heard it...
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Un-Settling Fatness: Obesity Goes Pop-Genre Big

November 11, 2011
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Un-Settling Fatness: Obesity Goes Pop-Genre Big

I expected to love Chelsea Settles. I expected to hate Chelsea Settles. On both counts, I was wrong. MTV’s newest (semi)reality protagonist— spun, as the network puts it, as “A New Kind of Heroine”—the 23-year-old, 324-lb Pennsylvania native is likeable, but not quite loveable. She is sweet, and pretty, and her dialogue gestures toward...
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    Our Dangerous Sweetness “caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare” -Audre Lorde When I hear the news, another one of us has been killed my heart constricts, I clutch at my own heart, I reach with a frantic grief towards [...]

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