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Five Things "The Sessions" Gets Right: Sex and Disability on Screen

February 22, 2013
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Five Things "The Sessions" Gets Right: Sex and Disability on Screen

So much of criticism, feminist critique included, hinges on highlighting what is wrong. In the case of film reviews, we so often ask what on-screen narratives convey about difference and the status quo. For an industry the prides itself on innovation, misogyny occupies the limelight so often that one might even call it formulaic....
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(Insert Witty Scandal-Related Title Here): Continuing the Dialogue

February 15, 2013
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(Insert Witty Scandal-Related Title Here): Continuing the Dialogue

By Brandon T. Maxwell The following is an attempt to respond to some of the critiques of my article, “Olivia Pope and The Scandal of Representation,” recently published by The Feminist Wire. Herein, I attempt to address what I perceived to be overarching critiques of the essay and respond to them accordingly, engaging criticisms...
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Yes, brotha—come GET me!: A Black Feminist’s (Late) Response to Think Like a Man

February 12, 2013
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I just finished watching Think Like a Man for the first time on Starz.  I resisted going to see the film when it was released 11 months ago, because I have problems with Steve Harvey capitalizing on black women’s pain—in the film and the book that inspired it, Act Like a Lady; Think Like...
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Love In a Time of Scandal

February 11, 2013
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Love In a Time of Scandal

By Brittney Cooper and Treva Lindsey The following conversation took place on Sunday, February 10th, 2013. What began as a Facebook conversation among several dynamic black feminists/womanists (Joan Morgan, Mark Anthony Neal, Kaila Story, Tanisha Ford, and Yaba Blay) about Brandon Maxwell’s “Olivia Pope and the Scandal of Representation,” evolved into the following piece in which...
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A Black Feminist Comment on The Sisterhood, The Black Church, Ratchetness and Geist

January 28, 2013
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A Black Feminist Comment on The Sisterhood, The Black Church, Ratchetness and Geist

There’s been much talk about TLC’s new show The Sisterhood, a reality show about the lives and struggles of Ivy Couch, Domonique Scott, Christina Murray, DeLana Rutherford, and Tara Lewis, five pastor’s wives in the Atlanta area.  While some critics are threatening to boycott the show, and others are framing it as evidence of black preachers losing their way (which I guess...
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Anne Braden: Defiant, Inspiring, and Self-Aware

January 23, 2013
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Anne Braden: Defiant, Inspiring, and Self-Aware

Emblematic of a generation of men and women in the South that challenged their parents’ generation’s views on race, jobs, gender, sexuality, and a broader sense of the world, Anne Braden did more than look backwards.  She, like Bayard Rustin, was a woman “ahead of her times, yet the times didn’t know it.”  Anne...
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Exhuming the Ratchet before it’s Buried

January 7, 2013
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Recently, social media was set ablaze after Oxygen revealed it was developing a reality TV show featuring rapper Shawty Lo (real name Carlos Walker) entitled, All My Babies’ Mamas.  Yup, all 11 of them.  Or is it 10?  In any case, if you were able to watch the preview before it was removed from...
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TFW: The Year in Review

January 1, 2013
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TFW: The Year in Review

With the intertwined mission of fostering feminist, anti-racist, and anti-imperialist perspectives, 2012 gave our contributors no shortage of topics about which to write. We saw a resurgence of public misogyny and racism; an ugly right-wing attack on women’s reproductive autonomy; horrific violence against women and girls; continued U.S. militarization; the deaths of too many...
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Posted in Academia, Black Women, Culture, Economy, Education, Entertainment, Family, Health, History, Politics, Region, Religion, Sexuality, Sports, Style, Television, U.S., Violence, World | 8 Comments »

Django Unchained: A Critical Conversation Between Two Friends

December 31, 2012
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Django Unchained:  A Critical Conversation Between Two Friends

By David J. Leonard and Tamura A. Lomax There have been so many great discussions on Django Unchained, so many thoughtful and engaging articles, and even more critical engagements within social media.  We’ve seen everything from harsh critiques to high praise, and of course everything else in between.  The analyses, conversations and comments have all...
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Black Survival in the Uchromatic Dark

December 18, 2012
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Black Survival in the Uchromatic Dark

By Tavia Nyong’o With all the rock dinosaurs that thundered the Madison Square Garden dome during Wednesday’s 12-12-12 benefit concert, a viewer might have missed that the event also meant to showcase the resilient ordinary people of the greater New York and New Jersey area whose lives were upended by Hurricane Sandy. As with...
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