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For Lucia Mcbath, Sybrina Fulton and All Other Black Mothers Who’ve Considered Righteous Rage When Black Respectability Politics Ain’t Enough

February 16, 2014
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For Lucia Mcbath, Sybrina Fulton and All Other Black Mothers Who’ve Considered Righteous Rage When Black Respectability Politics Ain’t Enough

In “What is this “black” in black popular culture? (Rethinking Race),” the late, great cultural theorist Stuart Hall, poignantly asks, “What sort of moment is this?” I’ve wrestled with this question for at least a decade. Though Hall’s “moment” reflects a struggle over cultural hegemony – the need to make room in critical discourses...
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Unpacking the Idea of Segregated College Hostels

January 14, 2014
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 By Leila Gautham Note: I am a final year undergraduate student at St Stephen’s College at Delhi University. I was involved in a student movement against sexual discrimination in college spaces. I have never written for a formal space before (though we wrote and published a great number of pamphlets within college). We have...
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Day of the Girl: Celebrating the Beauty that is J’dah Thibeaux

October 11, 2013
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Twenty-two years ago I met a friend for life; one of the most sincere, supportive, and loving people you’ll ever meet.  Seven years later, my dear friend had a daughter.  Her name is J’dah Thibeaux.  And like her mother, she is amazing.  J’dah is by far one of the most intriguing fifteen year old tenth grade...
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Feminists We Love: Michele Wallace (Video)

June 21, 2013
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Michele Wallace, Professor of English, Women’s Studies and Film Studies at the City College of New York and the City University of NY Graduate Center, Ph.D. in Cinema Studies, New York University is author of Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman (1979), Black Popular Culture: A Project by Michele Wallace (1991), Dark Designs and Visual Culture (2005) andInvisibility...
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Feminists We Love: Tracy D. Sharpley-Whiting (Video)

May 31, 2013
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Tracy D. Sharpley-Whiting is the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Distinguished Professor of Humanities (AADS and French). She teaches comparative diasporic literary and cultural movements, 18th & 19th century French narratives, Black France, Black Europe, colonialism and empire, critical theory and race, feminist studies, Jazz Age Paris, film and black popular culture. She was Director of the W.T. Bandy...
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An Introduction to TFW's Forum on Assata Shakur: America's Grammar Book on Black Women and Terrorism

May 16, 2013
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Assata Shakur has been given many names over the past four decades. Her political allies in the 1970s struggle for black liberation knew her as a comrade and freedom fighter. Ever since her escape from a New Jersey prison and exile in Cuba, she’s become an icon to many on the radical left. Some,...
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Feminists We Love: Brittney Cooper (Video)

May 10, 2013
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Brittney C. Cooper is assistant professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Africana Studies at Rutgers University. She is a proud graduate of Howard University with her bachelors degrees in English and Political Science. Dr. Cooper is also co-founder of the Crunk Feminist Collective, a Hip Hop Generation feminist blogging crew that runs a...
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A Statement of Clarification Acknowledging The Presence of Rape Culture

May 10, 2013
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By Dani Cofini and Kelly Casey According to feminist theory, rape culture is defined as the normalization, victim-blaming, and tolerance that often pardons rape and sexual assault.  In order to rid our society of this oppressive, misogynistic mentality, it is important to recognize how prevalent rape culture is in a given environment.  Recently, UConn...
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An Open Letter Addressing the UConn Community

May 10, 2013
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By Victoria Rossetti, Rebecca Barton, and Stephanie Naranjo To the UConn Community: This letter is in response to the events surrounding Carolyn Luby’s open letter and the backlash she received, but it is also about a larger issue.  This is a statement to the entire community at UConn. It is a call to action...
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Feminists We Love: Joan Morgan (Video)

March 22, 2013
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Joan Morgan is an award-winning journalist, author and a provocative cultural critic. A pioneering hip-hop journalist, she began her professional writing career freelancing for The Village Voice. Morgan’s passion and commitment to the accurate documentation of hip-hop culture combined with adept cultural criticism placed her at the forefront of music journalism. She was one...
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