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COLLEGE FEMINISMS: Blonde Success: Fact or Myth?

September 11, 2013
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By Ravon Ruffin and James “JP” Miller Do gentlemen really prefer blondes or has a history of fetishization of “the blonde” by media made it more ideal? Hollywood built a stereotype of beauty surrounding blonde appeal. Aspiring white female actresses found ready made access to hollywood by abiding to this Eurocentric standard, and a legacy...
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Can’t/ Don’t/Stop

September 4, 2013
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Can’t/Don’t/Stop:  Black Dance in America for Bert Williams, Aida  “Queen of the Cakewalk” Overton Walker and George Walker   you don’t see the stretch you see the strut you see the lean but you don’t see the muscle strength stole from bending backwards one foot off the street you don’t see the roots the...
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Miley’s Big Foam Finger Is Pointing At You: Stereotypes Plus Objectification Equals $$$

August 29, 2013
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By Hope Wabuke I swore I wasn’t going to write about Miley Cyrus. Enough people have already done it. Enough good ink has been spilled over our celebrity culture, impressionable youth and twerking—over Miley’s tongue and Miley’s big foam finger and Miley’s possible teddy bear fetish. But because no one else has said it,...
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Hip-Hop as Performance Art: Jay Z, Appropriation, and Critiques of Whiteness

August 9, 2013
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By Janell Hobson At first, I wasn’t sure what to make of Jay Z’s performance of “Picasso Baby,” featured on his new album Magna Carter Holy Grail, which has received much coverage for its innovative release through a Samsung app.  Proving to an increasingly skeptical public that he is more than a “corporate rapper,”...
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Fruitvale Station: Some Reactions

August 7, 2013
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OMAR RICKS I feel helpless after watching Fruitvale Station (2013, dir. Ryan Coogler). I feel like this hits too close to home. Literally. The nursery school, First Fruits Learning Center, is right up the street from where I stay, and I remember seeing a film crew in front of it a couple of years...
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White People Talking to White People about Social Justice: Why “Book of Mormon” Just May Be Doing Something Right

August 7, 2013
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By Sayantani DasGupta Like Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s other collaboration, television’s Southpark, Broadway’s Book of Mormon is crass, potty-mouthed, and frequently offensive. But among all the things it does ‘wrong’ — it actually may be doing something right. I know, I know. As a progressive woman of color, I should probably be horrified by the show....
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COLLEGE FEMINISMS: The Black Sitcom: A Representation We Can Be Proud Of

July 8, 2013
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By Jeanine Russaw When you look in the mirror, how do you see yourself? In a perfect world, whenever a black woman looks in a mirror, she would see herself as the beautiful, confident, and intelligent person she truly is. This ideal can be difficult to achieve when “Little Janet” returns home from a day of...
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"20 Feet From Stardom" & the Black Female Gaze

June 27, 2013
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In the 1972 song “Take a Walk on the Wild Side” Lou Reed evokes the paternalistic image of “colored girls” cooing in the background to a hipster tale of New York debauchery.  Using Reed’s homage as its introduction, white director Morgan Neville’s bittersweet documentary “20 Feet from Stardom” attempts to bring black female back-up...
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The Princesses of Long Island: A Long Hard Post-Feminist Look in the Mirror

June 24, 2013
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By Shoshanna R. Schechter-Shaffin Like blogger Lindsey Orlofsky, I too watched Bravo’s new series “The Princesses of Long Island” in horror. For those of you who have yet to catch the latest offering of Bravo’s reality machine, The Princesses of Long Island focuses on six Jewish college educated wealthy women in their late twenties...
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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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Earthquake slams Nepal; devastating loss of people, history - CNN


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Earthquake slams Nepal; devastating loss of people, history
CNN
Kathmandu, Nepal (CNN) A magnitude-7.8 earthquake centered less than 50 miles from Kathmandu rocked Nepal with devastating force Saturday, toppling homes, temples and historic buildings and leaving at least 1,457 people dead, authorities said.
Nepal earthquake kills 1394 people while climbers 'run for their lives' after ...Telegraph.co.uk
Nearly 1400 dead after quake in NepalU-T San Diego
Eathquke in NepalReuters
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Gunmen kill prominent female activist in Pakistan - USA TODAY


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Gunmen kill prominent female activist in Pakistan
USA TODAY
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Gunmen on a motorcycle killed a prominent women's rights activist in Pakistan just hours after she held a forum on the country's restive Baluchistan region, home to a long-running insurgency, police said Saturday.
Sabeen did not fear bulletsThe Hindu
Pakistani PM Condemns Activist KillingVoice of America
T2F Director Sabeen Mahmud laid to restThe News International
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Al-Qaida, Allies Take Strategic Town in Northwest Syria - Voice of America


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Al-Qaida, Allies Take Strategic Town in Northwest Syria
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Al-Qaida's Syrian affiliate and its allies seized the last major government-held town in Idlib province Saturday, giving the rebels a possible route to the coastal heartland of the Assad regime. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the ...
Syrian Town Jisr Al-Shughour Seized By Rebels In Major Blow To AssadHuffington Post
Syrian rebels advance, seize city in northwestThe Seattle Times (registration)
Islamists Seize Control of Syrian City in NorthwestNew York Times
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Australian drug smugglers face firing squad in Bali within 72 hours - The Guardian


The Guardian

Australian drug smugglers face firing squad in Bali within 72 hours
The Guardian
Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan have been moved to special cells as they await execution. Photograph: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images. Tracy McVeigh. Saturday 25 April 2015 19.05 EDT. Share on Facebook · Share on Twitter · Share via Email ...
UN chief appeals to Indonesia to stop planned executionsWashington Post
UN chief appeals to Indonesia not to carry out executionsGMA News
Indonesia informs drug convicts of executionChannel News Asia
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Israeli forces kill two knife-wielding Palestinians - police - Reuters


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Israeli forces kill two knife-wielding Palestinians - police
Reuters
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli security forces killed two knife-wielding Palestinian attackers in separate incidents in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem on Saturday, police said. In the West Bank city of Hebron, a Palestinian was shot dead by a ...
Terrorist stabs Israeli soldier near Cave of PatriarchsYnetnews
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Palestinians shot dead after attacksSky News Australia
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Volcano still active, but Chile no longer fears major blast - Washington Post


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Volcano still active, but Chile no longer fears major blast
Washington Post
SANTIAGO, Chile — Authorities downgraded the likelihood of a major eruption at the Calbuco volcano, although the mountain remained active Saturday and the ash clouds it already ejected caused cancelations of more airline flights. Rodrigo Alvarez, head ...
Chilean authorities urge 2000 people near volcano to evacuate as precautionFox News Latino
Chile volcano ash cloud reaches Brazil; some flights canceledReuters UK

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Gallipoli centenary: The world unites in homage to the fallen Anzacs - The Independent


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Gallipoli centenary: The world unites in homage to the fallen Anzacs
The Independent
Leaders and dignitaries from Australia, New Zealand and Turkey joined thousands of people at dawn ceremonies on Turkey's Gallipoli Peninsula, marking the 100th anniversary of the opening of an eight month campaign that helped shape all three nations.
Gallipoli centenary: Anzac landings remembered in TurkeyThe Australian
ANZAC Day centennial commemorated in JerusalemJerusalem Post Israel News
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Coalition airstrikes resume over Aden amid fierce street battles - The Seattle Times (registration)


The Nation

Coalition airstrikes resume over Aden amid fierce street battles
The Seattle Times (registration)
The Saudi-led coalition's air war has failed to dislodge Shiite Muslim Houthi rebels from Aden, Yemen's commercial hub, or wrest control of its capital, Sanaa, which fell to the insurgents months ago. By Zaid Al-Alayaa · Laura King. Los Angeles Times (TNS).
Yemen crisis: A war for the survival of the Saudi monarchyYnetnews
Civil rift: 'Yemen war is not sectarian'The Express Tribune
Houthis abduct coalition backersArab News
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Fiery crash landing at Turkish airport close to John Key's plane (+video) - TVNZ


Business Recorder

Fiery crash landing at Turkish airport close to John Key's plane (+video)
TVNZ
A Turkish Airlines plane has made a fiery crash landing at an airport in Istanbul just 500 metres away from a New Zealand Airforce plane due to fly Prime Minister John Key to Dubai. Mr Key was leaving Turkey after attending the centenary of the Anzac ...
Turkish Airlines plane on fire makes emergency landing and skids off runway in ...Daily Mail
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Angelina Jolie scolds UN Security Council for inaction on Syria refugees - Jerusalem Post Israel News


Jerusalem Post Israel News

Angelina Jolie scolds UN Security Council for inaction on Syria refugees
Jerusalem Post Israel News
When asked about Jolie's planned briefing, Syria's UN Ambassador Bashar Ja'afari responded: "She is beautiful." United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees special envoy, actress Angelina Jolie, winks as she arrives to speak during a Security Council ...
UN aid chief urges Syria sanctions, Angelina Jolie pleads for refugee helpDaily News & Analysis
Angelina Jolie rips world powers on Syria's refugee crisisgulfnews.com
UN Security Council urges all parties in Syria to end violence immediatelyXinhua

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