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An Open Letter to Same Gender Loving Black Men

September 23, 2013
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By David J. Malebranche My heart is heavy.  My soul longs for relief.  Yesterday my dear friend, mentee and little brother, Warner McGee, transitioned after being taken off life support by his mother due to a protracted illness.  The details of exactly which illness robbed him of his future at this point is irrelevant –...
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Find the Good in Women Who Aren't Margaret Thatcher

April 16, 2013
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Find the Good in Women Who Aren't Margaret Thatcher

By Ren Jender “She must have been miserable,” one of my Facebook “friends” wrote as a kind of eulogy for Margaret Thatcher. I had to disagree. Margaret Thatcher, before she began to suffer from dementia, had, in every recorded moment of her political career (as well as her writing after that career was over)...
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In Remembrance of Helen Gurley Brown: A Complicated Feminist Hero

August 26, 2012
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In Remembrance of Helen Gurley Brown: A Complicated Feminist Hero

By Mandy Van Deven Media icon and cultural pioneer Helen Gurley Brown passed away August 13 at the age of 90. Although I saw her name on feminist tees and bumper stickers for years, my first real exposure to Gurley Brown’s life and legacy was when writing a review of her biography, Bad Girls Go Everywhere. Jennifer...
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Remembering and Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Aaronette M. White

August 18, 2012
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It is with deep sadness and profound devastation that I share that radical Black/Pan-African feminist activist and social psychologist Aaronette M. White, Ph.D., recently made her physical transition. While there is presently uncertainty about the exact date and time of her sudden death, no foul play or harm was done to her in the...
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Who’s going to sing a black boys’ song?

March 17, 2012
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Who’s going to sing a black boys’ song?

For Trayvon, Michael and Martin, and all other black boys   sable mappings cover him like an ethno-alien cartogram dipped deeply and precisely in ebony timber whipped in/two industrial multiplexes distorted by a pre/fix of datum   convictions   venomous raindrops of marked difference inflate him perorating from tongue to tongue oral histories scientific...
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Kim Jong-il, North Korean Leader, is Dead

December 18, 2011
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Kim Jong-il, the reclusive North Korean leader who has been battling ill health following a reported stroke in 2008, has died, the North’s official news media reported on Monday. For more, visit the New York Times.
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Breaking News: Hip Hop artist, Heavy D, dead at 44

November 9, 2011
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Hip Hop fans are mourning the loss of Hip Hop legend, Heavy D (Dwight Errington Myers), who died suddenly yesterday.  Hip Hop culture often gets a bad rap for re-producing, circulating and maintaining sexist representations of women in general and black women in particular. However, to reduce Hip Hop to this unfortunate reality, is...
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Wangari Maathai Obituary (1941-2011)

October 12, 2011
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Wangari Maathai Obituary (1941-2011)

By Sonalini Kaur Sapra Wangari Maathai has been an inspiration to many for her unflagging passion and commitment to women’s rights and environmental justice.  She was responsible for founding one of the most prominent transnational environmental groups in the world today – the Green Belt Movement (GBM). The organization was founded in 1977 and...
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A Message from the Editors Concerning the Execution of Troy Anthony Davis

September 21, 2011
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A Message from the Editors Concerning the Execution of Troy Anthony Davis

We join millions of Americans in expressing our profound sorrow tonight that despite recantations and substantial doubt concerning his guilt, the state of Georgia has proceeded with the execution of Troy Anthony Davis. But we must also wonder what amount of damage has been done to the idea of justice and freedom, both for...
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Message from The Editors: In Commemoration of 9/11

September 11, 2011
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Message from The Editors: In Commemoration of 9/11

We wish to express our sincere sympathies for all of the victims of September 11, 2001, now ten years ago.  The tragedy of that day still resounds throughout the United States, and we still bear the wound. Yet, let us not forget, today, the people who lost their lives, responded with bravery, and have...
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  • I’ve Got Something To Say About This: A Survival Incantation Kate Rushin
credit/copyright: Rachel Eliza Griffiths

    Kate Rushin: I see the whole thing played out. I’m bludgeoned, bloody, raped. My story is reduced to filler buried in the back of the paper, on page 49, and I say, “No. No way.”

  • what is left M. Nzadi Keita
photograph: ©Elizabeth Ho

    M. Nzadi Keita: what you remember/ starts with a smile/ a raw edge/ a single snip/ from the someone dead

  • Praise to the Writer Toni Cade Bambara,
Southern Collective of African American Writers (SCAAW), 1988
©Susan J. Ross

    Alice Lovelace: Toni Cade made an art of living/ Toni stood and we were lifted
Toni spoke and our lives were saved/ Toni listened and we were validated/ She is the breast that fed our union/ Hers’ was the womb of our nourishment.

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