Getting on Up: The Cult of the Charismatic Black Man

August 6, 2014
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
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

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
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

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
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

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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Two Poems by Maya Pindyck

May 7, 2014
Begging in Paris

By Maya Pindyck   The Count   His command: Hold out your hand. Grabs her palm, the shade of white asparagus. Shoves in it a wad of bills. Count them. Too high, she tries, adjusting her New Year’s tiara, to focus her tired eyes. Her thin frame slips forward, overcome with trash bags ripping...
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  • Remembering and Honoring Toni Cade Bambara Sanchez

    Sonia Sanchez: What are we pretending not to know today? The premise as you said, my sister, being that colored people on planet earth really know everything there is to know. And if one is not coming to grips with the knowledge, it must mean that one is either scared or pretending to be stupid.

  • Hunger Kwame Laughing Foto

    They say you had the eye; they say you saw
    into people. They say you came before as shaman
    or bruja and returned as priestess; they say you were
    stonebreaker. But for me, you were a big sister
    feeling for a lonely brother with no language
    to lament, and you gave me more days, and
    more days. Yes, they could have called you
    Grace, Bambara; they could have called you that.

  • Stroller (A Screenplay) Black families and community

    Roxana Walker-Canton: Natalie sits in her own seat in front of her mother and looks out the window. Mostly WHITE PEOPLE get on and off the bus now. The bus rides through a neighborhood of single family homes. A BLACK WOMAN with TWO WHITE CHILDREN get on the bus. Natalie stares at the children.

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