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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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Why My Kingdom Needs Janelle Monae’s Q.U.E.E.Ndom

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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COLLEGE FEMINISMS: Why I Haven't Given Up on Hip-Hop

April 19, 2013
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By Amber Jones When did you first fall in love with hip-hop? This question frames one of my favorite films, Brown Sugar (2002). The film explores the relationship between two childhood friends, Sidney Shaw (Sanaa Lathan) and Dre Ellis (Taye Diggs), through the progression of hip-hop — best chronicled in the classic track “I...
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First To Die: Evil Dead and Blackness in Horror

April 13, 2013
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By Joshua Alston The victor in this weekend’s box-office battle was Evil Dead, the remake of Sam Raimi’s 1981 cult-classic horror film, which roared into first place with a better-than-expected $26 million take, and won far better critical reviews than are typical for horror films. Like the majority of remakes, the new Evil Dead...
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Untangling the Knots: Understanding the Hair Politics of Black Women (Revisited)

April 9, 2013
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Untangling the Knots: Understanding the Hair Politics of Black Women (Revisited)

By Mazuba Haanyama My central aim involves the politics of bodily performance, in negotiation with shifting realities of a post-Apartheid context, where constructions of gender, race and class are both mobile and stagnant… This project critically engages the role of popular culture in influencing youth cultures. In a context such as South Africa, such...
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Feminists We Love: Joan Morgan (Video)

March 22, 2013
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Joan Morgan is an award-winning journalist, author and a provocative cultural critic. A pioneering hip-hop journalist, she began her professional writing career freelancing for The Village Voice. Morgan’s passion and commitment to the accurate documentation of hip-hop culture combined with adept cultural criticism placed her at the forefront of music journalism. She was one...
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Confessions of a Black Morrissey Fan

March 21, 2013
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Confessions of a Black Morrissey Fan

By Joshua Alston This week, Morrissey announced that he is canceling the remainder of his North American tour, due to an ongoing battle with a bleeding ulcer, Barrett’s esophagus, and a case of pneumonia in both of his lungs. I was disappointed to hear about the illnesses plaguing the singer, who since fronting the seminal...
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Taking the white man-boy seriously

March 15, 2013
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By Kyle Kusz The white man-boy is the most important cultural figure in America today. Hyperbole?  Maybe. But, allow me to make a case that the ‘white man-boy industrial complex’ is producing ways of being and knowing the world, particularly for white men, that threaten the social interests (if not rights) of women and...
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Suicide Bombing at Shiite Mosque in Saudi Arabia Kills at Least 21 - New York Times


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Suicide Bombing at Shiite Mosque in Saudi Arabia Kills at Least 21
New York Times
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — A suicide bomber killed at least 21 people during midday prayers on Friday at a Shiite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia, local news media reported, one of the first potential signs that the country's intervention in the sectarian conflict ...
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ISIS extends hold on Syria's ancient city of Palmyra - CNN


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ISIS extends hold on Syria's ancient city of Palmyra
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(CNN) ISIS forces have extended their control around the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra and two Iraqi security officials said on Friday the terror group took control of the Iraqi town of Husayba, pushing east from Ramadi. The jihadist rebels took a military station ...
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Sunni Tribes in Iraq Divided Over Battle Against Islamic State - Wall Street Journal


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Sunni Tribes in Iraq Divided Over Battle Against Islamic State
Wall Street Journal
BAGHDAD—While some of his Sunni kinsmen in Anbar province set about working with Shiite militias on a strategy to oust Islamic State, Emad al-Jumaili was making a very different kind of plan. The tribal elder was busy preparing to guard his home and ...
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UPDATE 1-Irish vote on gay marriage in landmark referendum - Reuters


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UPDATE 1-Irish vote on gay marriage in landmark referendum
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... * Ireland would be first to adopt gay marriage by referendum. * Polls indicate 'Yes' campaign win, early turnout strong. * For Take A Look, please click on: (Adds details on early turnout, voter quotes). By Padraic Halpin and Conor Humphries. DUBLIN, May ...
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Colombian Rebels End Unilateral Cease-Fire After Army Raid - New York Times


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Colombian Rebels End Unilateral Cease-Fire After Army Raid
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BOGOTA, Colombia — Colombia's largest rebel group is ending a unilateral cease-fire in response to a military raid on a guerrilla camp that killed 26 of its fighters. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia says it hadn't wanted to lift the five-month-old ...
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Cameron 'confident' of getting better deal for UK in Europe - BBC News


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Cameron 'confident' of getting better deal for UK in Europe
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David Cameron has said he is confident he can get a better deal for the UK in Europe but admitted it "won't be easy". Speaking at an EU summit in Latvia, he said he had not been greeted "by a wall of love" when he met EU leaders for the first time since his ...
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Gloria Steinem among peace activists to walk across Korean DMZ - Fox News


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Gloria Steinem among peace activists to walk across Korean DMZ
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May 22, 2015 - A South Korean university student, center left, wearing a mask of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, with his fellow student symbolizing the women activists of WCD, Women Cross DMZ, during a gathering to oppose the group's plans to march ...
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Obama: Iran agreement will help Israel - USA TODAY


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Obama: Iran agreement will help Israel
USA TODAY
WASHINGTON — President Obama defended both his proposed nuclear agreement with Iran and his support for Israel during remarks Friday to a largely Jewish audience. "This (Iran) deal will have my name on it, so nobody has a bigger personal stake in ...
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Army Removes WWII Bomb Near London's Wembley Stadium - ABC News


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Army Removes WWII Bomb Near London's Wembley Stadium
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British police say the army has safely removed an unexploded World War II bomb found near London's Wembley Stadium. The 50-kilogram (110-pound) bomb was discovered Thursday by workers at a construction site near the stadium. It is believed to have ...
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Eiffel Tower closed; Workers are angry about rising problems with aggressive ... - Fox News


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Tourists wander under the Eiffel Tower, in Paris, Friday May 22, 2015. The Eiffel Tower is closed to the public because workers are protesting a recent rise in aggressive pickpockets. The Paris monument is normally open every day of the year and brings in ...
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