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All Women Have Stories Like These

August 28, 2014
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(Editors’ Note: The introduction to the series on #everydaysexualviolence is here. It contains a detailed trigger warning.) Anonymous As a blogger who happens to be both feminist and female, I’ve attracted more misogynistic trolls than I care to count. They pop up on occasion, then disappear.   But one troll has been consistent over...
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Op-Ed: Race, American Ideology, and Militarized Police

August 27, 2014
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By Carolyn Davis Last year, I sat in front of my television in Brookline, a Boston suburb, and watched on live TV as police officers rolled armored vehicles down the streets of neighboring Watertown. Many officers were outfitted in tactical gear fit for urban warfare. They swarmed residential streets, assuming sniper positions atop cars...
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Burying Our Babies: Letter from Los Angeles to Ferguson

August 25, 2014
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In South Los Angeles’s Crenshaw District, there are three funeral homes within a one mile radius of each other. On bright sunny days, young people pour out from their doors after viewing hours, lingering on the steps reminiscing, sporting t-shirts with pictures and art work commemorating the dead. On a thoroughfare that epitomizes L.A.’s...
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Dancing while Laying Dead in the Street

August 15, 2014
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By Wade Davis II and Michael Jennings  The poet Claude McKay wrote a poem called “The Lynching” where he vividly describes the lynching of a black man and says, And little lads, lynchers that were to be, Danced round the dreadful thing in fiendish glee. We thought about that line and the history of...
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An Open Letter to the loved ones of those we lost….

August 12, 2014
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By Douglas Ramsey and J. T. Roane Dear Lesley McSpadden, Esaw Garner, Monica McBride, loved ones of Domonique Newburn as well as the countless others of us who have in the last year lost someone dear to unfathomable violence: Your cries have touched our collective soul. The endless tears that come with such loss...
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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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Who would we be if we did not speak? A letter for Yara

July 31, 2014
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“A dream will make us fight to see it come true. An expectation will lead to passivity and probably to disappointment.” ~ Mu Sochua On June 21, 2014, in Cairo, Egypt, a 28-year old Egyptian activist Yara Sallam was arrested by the authorities for participating in a peaceful demonstration calling for the repeal of...
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Refusing to Compromise My Beliefs

July 11, 2014
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By Christina Peterson As a student, I never thought I would be stuck in a place where I face the possibility of failing a class because I refuse to conform to another person’s beliefs. During my junior year of college, I took a course that required me to make a survey, send it out...
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Girls On Top – Who Really Benefits from Sexuality, Identity and Branding in Pop Music?

July 4, 2014
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By Faye Lewis Let’s face it–analyzing issues of gender, beauty and sexuality in the music industry is exhausting. Arguing for women’s agency is important, but in the midst of the repackaged, camera-ready, post MTV world of ‘sex sells and you better get used to it, because it’s not going to change,’ it’s sometimes difficult...
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Pretty Black Girls Just Don’t Exist

July 3, 2014
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By Kaila Philo At least, this is what I’ve taken from you all these years. Black women aren’t meant to be love interests or high school crushes, dynamic leaders or multi-dimensional heroes; but rather, they are seen as wise God-fearing grammies and sassy big-boned caricatures. I’m a strong black woman who don’t need no...
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