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Getting on Up: The Cult of the Charismatic Black Man

August 6, 2014
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Charismatic black men slapping black women around are funny.  This was the takeaway conveyed by some audience members at a screening I attended of the new James Brown biopic Get On Up at a predominantly black theater in Los Angeles. Largely sidestepping the chronic abuse Brown inflicted on multiple spouses (Brown served jail time...
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A Statement on the Hobby Lobby Ruling

June 30, 2014
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A Statement on the Hobby Lobby Ruling

The Feminist Wire finds the Supreme Court ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby to be a gross violation of women’s fundamental freedoms. SCOTUS has determined, in a narrow majority of 5-4, that a corporation has greater legal rights than women. In doing so, it has overlooked scientific misconceptions of the Hobby Lobby family –...
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It’s Bigger Than Jamal Bryant…

June 6, 2014
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It’s Bigger Than Jamal Bryant…

We interrupt our summer break to bring you this article, in light of recent events within black religion and black popular culture. This is not breaking news. However, in view of the interview that I did on Huff Post Live yesterday, I thought an expansion of context was immediately necessary. Recently, in a sermon to his predominantly...
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Posted in Black Girls, Black Women, Bodies, Feminism, LGBTQI, masculinity, Patriarchy, Popular Culture, Racism, Religion, Sexism, Stereotypes | 4 Comments »

Poetry By Jaclyn Weber

May 30, 2014
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  The Walking Dead   Girl in my history class totally started looking like a zombie from The Walking Dead.                 Maybe I’m watching too much Walking Dead…   She’s shake, shake, shaking those rotten corpse legs in off-brand Ugg’s in ripped up faded jeans blue. In...
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Carter as Kristof: How Jimmy Carter’s New Book Takes a Page Out of Nick Kristof’s Savior Narrative

May 23, 2014
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By Sayantani DasGupta Jimmy Carter is undoubtedly a good man with good intentions. He was, in fact, one of my first heroes. He was the first president I ‘voted’ for in my elementary school mock presidential elections (and that while living in a red state). His work after the presidency, including building houses for...
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Who’s Still a Slave? Contemporary Black Women’s Rhetoric, Art, and Global Realities

May 16, 2014
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By Janell Hobson “Are you still a slave?” That was the title of a forum on May 6, 2014 at the New School, featuring black feminist critic bell hooks, writers Janet Mock and Marci Blackman, and filmmaker Shola Lynch. They had gathered to discuss the “liberation of the black female body.” While several heated...
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Asha Kowtal and Thenmozhi Soundararajan: The Journey towards Liberation

May 2, 2014
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By Sonia J. Cheruvillil Part 2 **** In 2012, the Haryana district in India witnessed a significant and historic moment in Dalit women’s movement.  Organized and led by Dalit women – the Dalit Mahila Garima Yatra (Dalit Women’s Dignity March) traveled to ten districts across the state of Haryana. The Yatra met with survivors,...
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Nigerian Girls Deserve Better Than This

May 1, 2014
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Nigerian Girls Deserve Better Than This

By Minna Salami  On April 14, over two hundred girls aged twelve to seventeen were kidnapped from their school hostel in Borno, a Nigerian state that has become notorious for fundamentalism and terror. As I write this, the whereabouts of the girls remain unknown. Nor has Boko Haram, the key terror group in Nigeria, issued...
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An Unfamiliar Gaze: A Muslim American in France and the 10 year Anniversary of the Veil Ban

May 1, 2014
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I find myself unwittingly pulled into an old and tense national debate, laïcité vs. Muslim visibility, where I once again find myself on the not so favorable end of the duel. My second hand French and just general cluelessness leaves me largely unequipped amid a frosty ideological landscape. On the one hand, this type...
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I’m Not Judi Dench. So Why the Hell Would I Forgive?

April 24, 2014
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By Aine Greaney Once, on an expatriate trip back to my native Ireland, I took my mug of tea to the big kitchen window of our family home. My late-mother came to stand at my elbow. As I stood staring at our village street, Mam updated me on each neighborhood move and change:  Richard,...
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