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Refusing to Compromise My Beliefs

July 11, 2014
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By Christina Peterson As a student, I never thought I would be stuck in a place where I face the possibility of failing a class because I refuse to conform to another person’s beliefs. During my junior year of college, I took a course that required me to make a survey, send it out...
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13 Challenges Legislators Underestimate when Fighting Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Minors

July 11, 2014
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By Aya de Leon Concern about sex trafficking of underage girls is on the rise throughout the US.  Various states are considering or have passed legislation to address the problem.  In 2011, the Georgia governor signed HB200 into law, “the human trafficking bill that toughens the penalty for sex traffickers and seeks to improve outcomes for victims.” California recently...
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J. Crew Is Into African Fashion Now?

July 7, 2014
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To kickoff swimsuit season, J. Crew announced the launch of its Bantu African swimwear line. Perhaps best known for its summer in the Hamptons look, J. Crew has now joined the “African” fashion trend. In recent years, a number of other U.S.- and Europe-based companies have started mass-producing imitations of African textiles and silhouettes. Instead...
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Pretty Black Girls Just Don’t Exist

July 3, 2014
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By Kaila Philo At least, this is what I’ve taken from you all these years. Black women aren’t meant to be love interests or high school crushes, dynamic leaders or multi-dimensional heroes; but rather, they are seen as wise God-fearing grammies and sassy big-boned caricatures. I’m a strong black woman who don’t need no...
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Kara Walker and the Sweet Taste of Gentrification

May 30, 2014
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New York City is always changing.  New York neighborhoods, too.  It is not a new story: an underserved neighborhood draws (with inexpensive rent) artists, young people, strivers.  This migration drives a rich arts scene. And, art sells. Many of these NYC neighborhoods were vibrant communities for people of color before the (mostly white) artists...
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Poetry By Jaclyn Weber

May 30, 2014
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  The Walking Dead   Girl in my history class totally started looking like a zombie from The Walking Dead.                 Maybe I’m watching too much Walking Dead…   She’s shake, shake, shaking those rotten corpse legs in off-brand Ugg’s in ripped up faded jeans blue. In...
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Dancing While Black

May 30, 2014
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My friend read the letters DWB on my computer screen, assumed they were the acronym for “driving while black” and wondered what racial profiling had to do with the corresponding photos of black women caught in mid-motion, arms extended, faces to the sky. I told her that DWB is Paloma McGregor’s latest initiative and...
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Genderqueering Spaces with Sassafras

May 22, 2014
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By Basil Soper The first time I met Sassafras Lowrey was in 2011 at a queer studies conference in Asheville, NC. I had the pleasure of taking a writing workshop with Sassafras and remember being amazed at the honesty ze provoked from people in the room. Sassafras gave the workshop attendees space to dig into...
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The Politics of Turning Rape Into “Nonconsensual Sex”

May 16, 2014
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By Breanne Fahs A few weeks ago, Al Jazeera ran a piece that critically traced the obfuscation of rape language from the (violent, highly politicized, and potentially stigmatizing) rape to the (corporate and university approved) nonconsensual sex. Apparently, calling college men “rapists” left a bad impression for the public relations campaigns of universities, especially when...
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Who’s Still a Slave? Contemporary Black Women’s Rhetoric, Art, and Global Realities

May 16, 2014
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By Janell Hobson “Are you still a slave?” That was the title of a forum on May 6, 2014 at the New School, featuring black feminist critic bell hooks, writers Janet Mock and Marci Blackman, and filmmaker Shola Lynch. They had gathered to discuss the “liberation of the black female body.” While several heated...
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