Finding Your Different

April 28, 2014

By Vaidehi Mujumdar  We’ve already buried so much of our different, it feels so hard to find. Almost every day, my friend and I exchange poetry, current articles, quotes, and the casual Buzzfeed posts in an effort to satiate our love of reading. We live in different places, work different jobs, and have different...
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Feminist Critique: A Legacy of Transformation

April 7, 2014

By Claire Tighe Criticism and self-criticism are the way in which individuals united by common goals can consciously utilize their differences and limitations, in order to accelerate their positive advance.  -James and Grace Lee Boggs, Revolution and Evolution in the 20th Century It was February. It was a Sunday. It was 2010. I was...
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Two Poems by Emma Victoria Miller

April 2, 2014

By Emma Victoria Miller     The Water Carrier   Last night I dreamt of the house of the girl who drew water, The girl of the three miracles, The girl who drowned at sea. Last night I dreamt of my Manderley, Not buried nor burnt, nor overgrown, No fairytale house, it stands strong...
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Three Poems by Aya de Leon

March 19, 2014

By Aya de Leon   eulogy for my ass     friends   loved ones we are gathered today to pay our respects to bid farewell to my young ass   born in less bootylicious times she grew up perky.     .precocious always reaching for the stars   in spandex throughout the late eighties shaking in...
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Two Pieces by Karin Cotterman

March 12, 2014

By Karin Cotterman     Radiation/Journey to basement and waiting room   I enter the sliding glass door of the building as if I am going to see my dentist who is on the 3rd floor. I ride up with others, medical professionals, patients and visitors to the 5th floor, where I don’t turn...
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My Grandma’s Blue-Green Eyes Look/Laugh Like

March 11, 2014
My Grandma’s Blue-Green Eyes Look/Laugh Like

By John Murillo We played Monopoly and I feared the end of the world. This was when Y2K was a thing and I was still jealous of my friends for being members of a club I named in my imagination—the five-foot club. I hated the smallness I felt being short. Midnight approached and the...
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Redefining Realness by Janet Mock (Book Review)

March 7, 2014

By David B. Green, Jr. I have learned through the process of story telling and sharing that we all come from various walks of life and that doesn’t make any of us less valid. –Janet Mock   To date, there exist only a select number of memoirs written by self-identified Black trans or drag-queen...
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March 1, 2014
Kalamu ya Salaam
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By Kalamu ya Salaam During the tumult of the seventies, in publications such as The Black Scholar and black World, I engaged with and eventually championed the work of Audre Lorde, who was and remains one of the most progressive of our warrior intellectuals. Being a successful activist is no easy task, no preordained...
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February 26, 2014

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Using the Erotic to do Our Work

February 25, 2014
Audre Lorde
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  There are many kinds of power, used and unused, acknowledged or otherwise. The erotic is a resource within each of us that lies in a deeply female and spiritual plane, firmly rooted in the power of our unexpressed or unrecognized feeling. In order to perpetuate itself, every oppression must corrupt or distort those...
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