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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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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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"20 Feet From Stardom" & the Black Female Gaze

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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Angelina Jolie’s Breast Removal: How One Woman’s Bravery Was Met With White, Male Arrogance

June 14, 2013
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By Bill Patrick Straight, white guys often seem to think that we know what’s best for everyone else.  We love to go around telling people of other groups –women of all races, men of color, and people who are sexual and gender minorities what to do and how to live. This white, straight, male...
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No “Madea” in Tyler Perry’s New Drama, “The Haves and the Have-Nots,” But Still, a Muddle of a Mess

June 5, 2013
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By Lillie Anne Brown Ok, let me just start by acknowledging what I get: I get that Tyler Perry provides excellent employment opportunities for people of color at his Atlanta-based studio. I get that he is a spiritual person and understands from where his blessings come. I get that he says he doesn’t care what...
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The Rise of Beyoncé, The Fall of Lauryn Hill: A Tale of Two Icons

May 13, 2013
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By Janell Hobson Fifteen years ago, the stardom of then-23-year-old Lauryn Hill had peaked when she released what would become her defining musical legacy.  After rising to popularity as part of the hip-hop trio The Fugees, with fellow members Wyclef Jean and Pras, she later released her solo album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill,...
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Why My Kingdom Needs Janelle Monae’s Q.U.E.E.Ndom

May 10, 2013
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By Hashim Pipkin I am not a black woman. And unlike many who are not, I do not claim to be able to speak for the quotidian existence of black women in this world. I do not know their interior lives. I do not know the battles their desires must take up daily to keep...
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