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Op-Ed: Perspectives We Don’t Need and Those We Do

September 15, 2014
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By Mirabel Ash In popular discourse, we have come to recognize individuals from dominant groups who advocate for civil rights and liberties on behalf of “others.” Such individuals aim to foster an alliance with other racial groups to indicate a shared interest in social progression. Objectives of a racial alliance are to advance a...
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Feminists We Love: Toshi Reagon [VIDEO]

September 12, 2014
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In today’s Feminists We Love feature,  writer, performer and arts activist Toshi Reagon talks with TFW Associate Editor Mecca Jamilah Sullivan about feminist lineages, the politics of creative work,  and the role of the artist in feminist thought and movement-building. Toshi Reagon is a multi-talented singer, composer, musician, curator and producer with...
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Step One: Show Skin, Step Two: Praise Talent: A Look at Scarlett Johansson and the Film Industry

September 12, 2014
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By Megan Felder I’ve always loved movies.  A lot.  Romantic comedy, sci-fi, superhero action  – you name it, I will watch it.  Perhaps that’s why I’m such a fan of Scarlett Johansson.  In her most recent movies, she plays a self-absorbed love interest (Don Jon), a creepy alien (Under the Skin), the voice of...
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Perseverance Conquers: An Open Letter

September 10, 2014
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By Princess Harmony-Jazmyne Rodriguez    The fact that we are here and that I speak these words is an attempt to break that silence and bridge some of those differences between us, for it is not difference which immobilizes us, but silence. And there are so many silences to be broken. - Audre Lorde,...
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Three Poems by Samiya Javed

September 5, 2014
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By Samiya Javed   “You’re a King and I’m a Lion-heart” *     I’d rather you curse your stars than curse my mother’s overburdened limbs. Sixteen years and counting. The blood, sweat, and the all-purpose oil are enmeshed in the fall of her sari which is the only thing she has close to...
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Bringing “All” to the Tent of Communal Healing

September 3, 2014
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By Ahmad Greene-Hayes   Inspired by the story of a Black enslaved woman, Margaret Garner, Toni Morrison’s 1987 novel Beloved explores the narrative of Sethe, who killed her daughter Beloved to protect her from the racialized and sexualized violence of slavery. After leaving her former plantation—Sweet Home—and rejected, Beloved’s ghost returns from the grave...
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To the Woman Who’s Made to Feel Like She’s Difficult to Love

August 28, 2014
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By Mohadesa Najumi   Dear Woman Who’s Made to Feel Like She’s Difficult to Love,   You beautiful, soft delicate thing. You intricate thing. Why do you let the world penetrate you so deep? All their hurt and anger at your eternal fire, Fire always struggles in the ocean. He’s done it so many times....
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Op-Ed: Race, American Ideology, and Militarized Police

August 27, 2014
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By Carolyn Davis Last year, I sat in front of my television in Brookline, a Boston suburb, and watched on live TV as police officers rolled armored vehicles down the streets of neighboring Watertown. Many officers were outfitted in tactical gear fit for urban warfare. They swarmed residential streets, assuming sniper positions atop cars...
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#LightSkinnedProblems

August 26, 2014
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By Ashley Millner   The hardest part about being African American in a cruel, ignorant world is that many of my peers are unaware that I am. I have been subjected to so much racism and bigotry because people freely talk in front of me, saying things they would never say in front of...
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Blood (Orange) on the Tracks

August 22, 2014
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I have been listening to the new Blood Orange album, Cupid Deluxe, twice a day for the past few weeks.  A friend suggested it for the emotional trauma I was then, and still am, living through.  This week I have been arriving at work late, still jet lagged and exhausted from two weeks on...
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