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An Open Letter to the loved ones of those we lost….

August 12, 2014
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Michael Brown

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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jill scott

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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Who would we be if we did not speak?  A letter for Yara

“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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Beauty Reflection Warning

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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Two Poems by Lindsay Lusby

June 25, 2014
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By Lindsay Lusby Girl with no Hands  Her own father mistook her for an apple tree, full-trunked and red-cheeked.  . So he hacked at limbs, a bedlam of branches and hands.  . He believed in the fruits of his delirium: . .        that the daughter-tree cut back .        would grow wiser next year,  ....
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Dismantle: Let Me Break It Down

May 29, 2014
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Dismantle: Let Me Break It Down

A Review of Dismantle: An Anthology of Writing from the VONA/Voices Writing Workshop ed. Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela (Philadelphia: Thread Makes Blanket Press 2014) The first anthology of creative writing by students and faculty of the Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation is called Dismantle.   Following in the tradition of the Cave Canem poetry foundation and the Kundiman collective,...
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TFW on Break June 2014

May 15, 2014
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In the spirit of self-care and sustainability, The Feminist Wire Editorial Collective will be breaking for the month of June, beginning June 1st. We will be back in full force in July. Happily, our Arts and Culture column is scheduled throughout the summer, so you will be able to enjoy creative offerings every Wednesday. Please note that...
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SNL’s Leslie Jones Offers Anachronistic Jokes on Slavery

May 14, 2014
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By Sheila Bustillos-Reynolds   Critics are chiming in about several distasteful slavery jokes made on Saturday Night Live’s May 3rd show. Leslie Jones, a writer at SNL, made her first appearance on “Weekend Update” with a splash. My interest in writing about Leslie Jones comes from my background as a stand-up comedienne, a humor studies...
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