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No More Disposable Love: Expanding the Bechdel Test for Movies

April 23, 2014
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By Lily July Imagine a TV world where being rejected by a woman meant sending her a respectful “Sorry it didn’t work out” note and leaving her alone. “I love women!” declared an enthusiastic Jack Nickolson in his defense. In 2000, he was accused of inviting two prostitutes to his house, not paying them,...
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‘Night, Beautiful

April 22, 2014
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By Emma Weisberg You’re beautiful. Why are those the hardest words to believe? The thing is I believe in what other people say pretty easily.  I’m actually an extremely gullible person.  So, how can the single phrase, “You’re beautiful,” face so much mental resistance? I’ve always had a hard time with confidence—with thinking “I...
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Rethinking Dear White People: One Viewer Questions its Depiction of Microagressions for Today’s Youth

April 22, 2014
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By Monique John While only recently picked up by Lionsgate Films, Dear White People has had the Internet buzzing for over a year. The indie black art-house film, directed by Justin Simien, has captured the public’s imagination with its narrative and explicit racial politics. Dear White People is set at a fictitious Ivy League...
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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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calling ourselves into freedom: Black art and decolonial aesthetics

April 18, 2014
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calling ourselves into freedom: Black art and decolonial aesthetics

By luam kidane as Black women who won’t accept the world as white supremacy gives it to us there is a jarring, a dissonance as you try to reconcile your spirit with the things you are told to believe and the people you are told should hold you and love you. so you...
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For Darker Sisters

April 17, 2014
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By Ahmad Greene-Hayes I am the great-great-great grandson of former enslaved Georgians—the Johnson family to be exact. I come from a lineage of individuals whom I do not know, and unfortunately know little about. All I know is that they picked cotton and tobacco, tilled fields, and did all they could to comply with...
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Critique and Beyond: The Draft as the Movement (A Postscript and a Prelude)

April 15, 2014
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By Susannah Bartlow The voice came from a small, weighted core in my chest—“hello?”  As my eyelids dragged open I felt the wires—on my legs, my hips, my cheeks, my scalp.  My usual early-morning deep fog was weighted more heavily by the unfamiliarity of my surroundings—a pseudo-hotel room staged for an overnight sleep study. ...
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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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Caring Queer Feminist Communities

April 9, 2014
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By Jay Keim At a workshop with the Northwest Network (Seattle, USA), I was asked why I became an anti violence advocate. I felt ambivalent about the answer I came up with: I want to give the support to others that i myself was missing when i experienced violence. From the responses that other...
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Two Poems by Erin Parks

April 9, 2014
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By Erin Parks     3 Queens Haiku Strange and strong Women Transcending normal life things Freedom in a word           For Men Who Claim They Love #TeamNatural My hair is not easy to manipulate. It takes time, patience, and skill. Yes, you must know how to maneuver each curl....
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